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Coal generating facilities

For more than 100 years, Westar Energy's generating facilities have worked around the clock to provide Kansans with the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their homes and businesses. All day, every day, our team of dedicated professionals generates and delivers electricity, protects the environment and provides excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers.

Moment by moment, year by year, and decade by decade, Westar gauges energy production against consumption. From the construction of the Wichita Generating Plant in 1910 to the commissioning of Emporia Energy Center in 2008, our goal has been to balance the energy we generate and customers need, while preserving the environment and keeping customer costs to a minimum.

Since the early days of generation at Westar, we have sought to keep customers’ costs low by maintaining flexibility. Several of our generating facilities can be powered from more than one fuel source. Today, new energy sources provide environmentally friendly, low-cost energy. Along with traditional energy sources like nuclear, coal, oil and gas, we now employ wind, landfill gas and solar energy every day to meet our customers’ energy needs. This flexible approach balances customer costs with available resources and environmental concerns.

Westar's generation team
  • Operates eight strategically located energy centers that keep electric rates low and benefit our state's economy.
  • Generates more than 25,000,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.
  • Has been a pioneer of clean coal-burning technology, commissioning the nation’s first utility scrubber for removal of flue gas sulfur dioxide at its Lawrence Energy Center in the mid 1970s.
  • Maintains more than 6,000 megawatts of generating equipment to serve our nearly 700,000 customers.
  • Has been nationally recognized for excellence in reliability, predictive maintenance and safety.

Jeffrey Energy Center

Jeffrey Energy Center is a 2,178 megawatt coal plant located in St. Marys, Kansas.

Jeffrey Energy Center facts
  • Commissioned in 1978, has served Kansans with convenient, low-cost electricity for nearly 40 years.
  • Westar Energy owns 92 percent. Great Plains, Inc. owns 8 percent.
  • Largest plant in the state of Kansas.
  • Fueled by low-sulfur coal.
  • 2003 Powder River Basin Coal Users Group Plant of the year.

LaCygne Generating Station

LaCygne Generating Station is a 1,384 megawatt coal plant located in LaCygne, Kansas.

LaCygne Generating Station facts
  • Commissioned in 1973.
  • Westar Energy owns 50 percent. KCPL owns 50 percent.
  • Fueled by low-sulfur coal.

Lawrence Energy Center

Lawrence Energy Center is a 478megawatt coal plant located in Lawrence, Kansas.

Lawrence Energy Center facts
  • First commissioned in 1938.
  • Third largest plant in the state of Kansas.
  • Fueled by low-sulfur coal.
  • 2007 Powder River Basin Coal Users Group Plant of the year.

Tecumseh Energy Center

Tecumseh Energy Center is a 61 megawatt coal plant located in Tecumseh, Kansas.

Tecumseh Energy Center facts
  • First commissioned in 1925, has served Kansans with convenient, low-cost electricity for nearly 90 years.
  • Fueled by low-sulfur coal.
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