Wind likely to top coal as Kansas’ leading electricity supplier this year

first_imgWind likely to top coal as Kansas’ leading electricity supplier this year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KCUR:Wind is beginning to challenge coal’s status as the primary energy source for electricity produced in Kansas.The shift has accelerated almost exponentially since 2010. As the cost to develop major wind projects has decreased, the cost to operate and maintain aging coal plants has gone up. The simple economics of the equation means utility companies are closing coal plants at the same time the number of new wind projects is exploding. And there’s still more wind potential to be tapped.Exactly how fast utilities turn from coal to wind will depend largely on what tools state lawmakers and regulators give companies as they try to recuperate their investment in coal facilities. But even with government inaction, market forces mean wind will continue to grow, just maybe not as quickly as it could.While Jeffrey Energy Center is — and will likely continue to be — the largest producer in the state, the charts hint at the fact that our mix of electricity generation is changing. Only one relatively small wind facility made the top 10 in 2010, while three of the top generators in 2017 were wind.Beyond looking at the top 10 generators, which only shows how big a facility is, the total amount of electricity generated per year also shows how quickly the energy landscape is changing.In 2010, coal made up 68 percent of the total electricity generated in the state. Wind generated only 7 percent.Fast forward to 2017, and coal provides only 38 percent of the electricity generated in the state, while wind has increased to 37 percent. It’s likely that once totals for 2018 or 2019 are posted wind will overtake coal as the largest source of electricity produced in Kansas.More: This is what Kansas’ top 10 energy producers reveal about the future of electricitylast_img

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