SOURCE: Westar Energy, Inc.

June 23, 2008 12:58 ET

Westar Energy, BP Alternative Energy North America Plan to Break Ground for Wind Farm June 24th

TOPEKA, KS--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) and BP Alternative Energy North America, Inc. will conduct a ground-breaking ceremony starting at noon, Tuesday, June 24, at the Flat Ridge Wind Farm site, 7923 NE Ridge Rd., Nashville, KS 67112, located about 60 miles southwest of Wichita. Landowners as well as state and local leaders have been invited to the event. Media is also welcome to attend.

Flat Ridge Wind Farm is a 100-megawatt (MW) project developed by BP. Westar will own half of the wind farm and purchase, under a purchase power agreement, energy from the remaining half. Flat Ridge will utilize 40 Clipper 2.5 MW C-96 wind turbine generators, the largest wind turbines built by a U.S. manufacturer.

"Barber County is blessed with an abundance of wind that is ideal for generating clean, renewable energy," said Bill Moore, Westar Energy president and chief executive officer. "The energy produced at Flat Ridge will benefit our customers, Kansas and the region. We're building strong partnerships with counties and developers to better our energy future, and we look forward to being a good neighbor to the folks in Barber County."

Flat Ridge is expected to go online by the end of 2008. Westar is also investing in two other wind farms: Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County near Concordia and Central Plains Wind Farm in Wichita County near Leoti. Westar will purchase under a purchase power agreement energy produced at Meridian Way, and will own and operate the Central Plains site.

Directions to the wind farm site: 7923 NE Ridge Rd., Nashville, KS 67112: From Wichita, Take KS-42/Southwest Blvd. south - 62 mi.; turn left at SW 170 Ave. - 4.1 mi.; continue on Tri-City Rd. - 1 mi.; turn right at Ridge Rd. - 1.5 mi.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing electric service to about 675,000 customers in the state. Westar Energy has nearly 6,200 megawatts of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates approximately 33,000 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines.

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