Nuclear generating facility
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. About 7% of Westar's electricity is generated by the Wolf Creek Generating Station. Wolf Creek generates enough electricity to power more than 800,000 Kansas homes. And it generates power, with virtually no air emissions because nothing is burned in the nuclear electricity generating process.
Wolf Creek Generating Station
Wolf Creek is a 1,173 megawatt nuclear energy center located in Coffey County, Kansas.
Wolf Creek generating station facts
- Commissioned in 1985, has served Kansans with convenient, low-cost electricity for more than 30 years.
- Fueled by uranium.
- It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year, except in the case of repairs and maintenance.
- Westar owns 47 percent; KCPL 47 percent; KEPCO 6 percent.
- One uranium fuel pellet creates as much energy as one ton of coal or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas.
- Nuclear energy produces more clean-air energy than any other source and is the only one that can produce large amounts of electricity 24/7. Nuclear energy produces 63 percent of all U.S. emission-free electricity.
- In 2014, nuclear energy facilities prevented 595 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from 135 million cars.
- Nuclear energy facilities also prevented the emission of 1 million short tons of sulfur dioxide and 0.48 million short tons of nitrogen oxide in 2014.
- Protecting the environment extends to safely managing used fuel, protecting water quality and preserving and improving habitat for plants and wildlife. All U.S. nuclear energy facilities have extensive environmental monitoring programs, which are under the oversight of the NRC and state regulators.
Learn more about what Westar is doing to promote Green Energy.