Source: Green Technology
Evergy has become the latest utility to pledge to long-term carbon cuts even though the states it serves, Kansas and Missouri, aren’t demanding them. On Friday, the 1 million-customer utility, formed last year by the merger of Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light parent company Great Plains Energy, announced plans to cut carbon emission by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. While that’s not as aggressive as the zero-carbon goals being followed by utilities in states like California, Hawaii and New York, it’s in line with meeting the terms of the Paris Climate Accord, the utility said. Since 2005, Evergy has reduced its share of coal-fired power in its 6.2-gigawatt generation fleet from 52 percent to 40 percent, while reducing natural gas and oil from 38 percent to 26 percent. At the same time, it increased its share of renewables from less than 1 percent to roughly 27 percent, almost entirely wind power, with nearly 3.9 gigawatts of nameplate capacity as of 2020. These changes have already gotten Evergy to a 40-percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.