Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) wins this year’s top award from POWER magazine for Iatan 2, located 30 miles northwest of Kansas City. The owners of the 850-MW (net) Unit 2 demonstrated how to plan for and build a coal-fired power plant in a way that balances the needs for reliable supply, reasonable rates, and environmental protection.

The approximately  $2.4 billion project, which was part of a Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP), met its goals in large part because of a collaborative planning process and the use of innovative contracting and project controls. The result is not only affordable baseload power but also reduced overall fleet emissions.

The Iatan 2 project received kudos all along the way. For establishing the CEP planning process, The Edison Electric Institute awarded KCP&L its 2007 Edison Award. Environmentalists have also praised the project. When the Sierra Club and Concerned Citizens of Platte County intervened in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit process, the end result was a Collaboration Agreement, whose provisions included CO2 emissions offsets, additional wind supply, and more. The Sierra Club described the result of the negotiation “a groundbreaking agreement that can serve as a model for environmental groups and utilities working together.”

For these achievements, as well as more technical ones involving innovative solutions to plant systems design challenges, Iatan 2 has been awarded POWER’s Plant of the Year Award.

For more details about the project, see “KCP&L’s Iatan 2 Earns POWER’s Highest Honor” in the August issue of POWER (www.powermag.com).

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