Evergy to Add More Wind, Solar Generation to Meet Electricity Needs

Evergy's 2024 resource plan outlines 1900 megawatts of additional energy generation over the next 20 years. Photo credit: Shutterstock (taka1022)

Posted May 21, 2024

Kansas City-based Evergy is expecting to increase electricity generation by 1,900 additional megawatts as part of its 2024 resource plan, citing economic growth and higher demand for electricity needs for the approach.

Evergy filed its 2024 resource plan with the Kansas Corporation Commission on Friday and outlined a roadmap for additional energy generation plants as well as retirements of fossil-fuel generation plants.

The plan outlines energy generation additions for the next 20 years.

“In Kansas and Missouri, economic development was the biggest driver of change to our short- and long-term generation plans. We will grow our diverse energy portfolio by adding renewable and dispatchable resources to meet customers’ needs,” Evergy CEO David Campbell said in a release.

In the first five years of the plan, Evergy will add 143 megawatts of natural gas generation in 2024, 600 megawatts of solar energy in 2027 and 450 megawatts in 2028. The plan will also add 5,100 megawatts of renewable energy from wind and solar and 6,000 megawatts of dispatchable—hydrogen-capable natural gas—generation, over the next 20 years.

By 2039, Evergy plans to retire over 4,800 megawatts of coal-based generation.