Breaking News: Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev will seek a new trial

BP opens giant Kansas wind farm

Jan. 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The opening of the Flat Ridge 2 wind farm in Kansas represents the largest single-build facility of its kind in the United States, BP said.

"The state of Kansas has created a predictable, stable environment in which companies can invest and do business," John Graham, president and chief executive officer at BP Wind Energy, said in a statement.

"The Flat Ridge 2 wind farm is a testament to the success of this strategy and is helping the state to be a net exporter of energy."

BP's wind energy division and utility company Sempra U.S. Gas and Power announced the launch of commercial operations at the 470 megawatt Flat Ridge 2 facility, spread out over four counties in Kansas. The site features 294 wind turbines that can generate the annual energy demands of more than 140,000 households.

Electricity generated from the Flat Ridge 2 project is sold to the Associated Electric Cooperative, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Southwestern Electric Power Company under the terms of a long-term contract.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said wind energy last year outpaced natural gas and coal in terms of new power generation in the country.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Topics: John Graham
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
B-52 bombers demo long reach of U.S. air power
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao offers to improve communication in wake of firing scandal
Army orders tactical trucks from Oshkosh
Report: Brazil's Petrobras wading dark waters
Baker Hughes wins Johan Sverdrup contract