A Missouri landowners group says the transmission line developers don’t meet the definition of a public utility.
Westar says buying the remaining share of the plant was the cheapest way to resolve a dispute with its former owner.
The plans, marketed as community solar, have seen warm reception in Nebraska and in Missouri, where one project is “78% oversubscribed.”
Bills surfaced in both states that would let utilities refinance uneconomic power plants using ratepayer-backed bonds.
Missouri regulators’ approval of the transmission project puts Kansas in a position for significant wind development.