KCP&L 850MW coal-fired Iatan 2 wraps in-service testing

Source: Great Plains Energy, Inc.

Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (formerly Aquila), subsidiaries of Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), announced Iatan 2, a high efficiency 850 megawatt coal-fired power plant, has successfully completed in-service testing, subject to confirmation by regulatory staff at the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Missouri Public Service Commission.

The plant, which includes state-of-the-art environmental equipment, has generated more than 350,000 megawatt hours of electricity since beginning its in-service testing in late July 2010. The electricity produced during testing was used to serve customers during the recent hot summer months and will reduce the total cost of the project. 

"Meeting the in-service requirements for Iatan 2 this summer is a testament to the quality of work done by our engineering, construction and start-up teams," said Mike Chesser, chief executive officer of KCP&L. "This will mark the successful completion of our Comprehensive Energy Plan, which will provide customers affordable and reliable energy to meet our region's growing energy demand for generations to come." 

In-service criteria are used to evaluate Iatan 2 in a variety of operational areas to ensure it is ready to be used for service for the benefit of KCP&L customers. These criteria were agreed upon pursuant to KCP&L's Comprehensive Energy Plan, which was approved by the Kansas and Missouri Commissions in the summer of 2005. Although in-service testing is complete, KCP&L is currently in the final stages of working through commercial acceptance with key project vendors. 

Completion of the in-service criteria is subject to the verification by the staff of both Commissions and final determination by the Commissions in the pending rate cases. KCP&L is working with both the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Missouri Public Service Commission staffs, as well as other parties, to confirm that Iatan 2 has met all the required criteria. 

In 2004, KCP&L recognized additional generation was needed to meet the region's growing energy demand. The Comprehensive Energy Plan was created through a highly collaborative process involving the community, customers and regulators. The Plan includes renewable energy projects, additional generation capacity, environmental equipment on existing power plants, transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades and customer energy efficiency programs.

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