Utilities

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Kansas possesses a built-in advantage over other states when it comes to meeting your energy needs. With one of the largest natural gas fields in the world, Kansas is among the nation’s leading producers of natural gas. Our statewide power costs remain competitive with the national average for every major customer group.


COMPETITIVE AND UNINTERRUPTED ELECTRIC POWER



Kansas’ competitive electricity rates are partially due to our proximity to the low-sulfur coal fields of Wyoming, resulting in low transportation costs. The majority of electric power generated in Kansas comes from such coal.

A modern generation and distribution network also keeps Kansas’ electric rates competitive. Three investor-owned companies produce more than one-half of the electric power for the state; one in Kansas (Westar) and two in Missouri (Kansas City Power & Light and Empire Electric). The remainder is supplied by three in-state member-owned Generation and Transmission (G&T) cooperatives and 65 municipal generating systems. Sixty of the 65 municipal generating systems interconnect with investor-owned systems. A support network of 30 distribution cooperatives and 119 municipalities enhances the electrical system.

Average Electric Prices for Customers

This system connects with a multi-state power transmission grid, including most of the electric systems east of the Rocky Mountains. Kansas has not experienced a major power shortage in many years. Should one occur, the reserve power capacity of the three major investor-owned companies alone far exceeds the national generating capacity.
Existing Generating Facilities in Kansas
UTILITY
# OF FACILITIES
City Utilities*
69
Sunflower Electric Power Corp
7
Westar Energy Inc
7
Kansas City Power & Light Co
4
Midwest Energy Inc
3
AE Power Services LLC
2
EDF Renewable Asset Holdings, Inc.
2
Kansas Gas & Electric Co
2
Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas
1
Arkalon Ethanol LLC
1
Avangrid Renewables Inc
1
Bonanza BioEnergy LLC
1
Bowersock Mills & Power Co
1
Buffalo Dunes Wind Project LLC
1
Caney River Wind Project
1
Cedar Bluff Wind, LLC
1
Cimarron Wind Energy LLC
1
Cimarron Windpower II, LLC
1
Clean Energy Collective LLC
1
Cloud County Windfarm, LLC
1
East Kansas Agri-Energy, LLC
1
Empire District Electric Co
1
Enerdyne Power Systems Inc
1
Frontier El Dorado Refinery LLC
1
Gray County Wind Energy LLC
1
Invenergy Services LLC
1
Ironwood Windpower LLC
1
Kansas Electric Power Coop Inc
1
Kansas Municipal Energy Agency
1
NextEra Energy Resources Ensign Wind
1
NJR Clean Energy Ventures Corporation
1
Occidental Chemical Corporation
1
Pattern Operators LP
1
Prairie Horizon Agri Energy LLC
1
Shooting Star Wind Project LLC
1
Smoky Hills Wind Farm I LLC
1
Smoky Hills Wind Project II LLC
1
WM Renewable Energy LLC
1
Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp
1
Total 
127
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Generator Report
* 56 Kansas cities have generating facilities.


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