FPL Energy Announces 110-Megawatt Wind Farm in Kansas to Sell Electricity Output to UtiliCorp
May 16, 2001

FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group , today announced it will build, own and operate the largest wind project in Kansas and will sell the electricity output to UtiliCorp United under a multi-year contract.

FPL Energy will construct 170 wind turbines at a site in Gray County, approximately three miles east of Montezuma in southwestern Kansas. The turbines will have a generating capacity of 110 megawatts, providing enough electricity to power approximately 33,000 homes in Kansas and Missouri.

Construction of the project will begin this spring and is expected to be completed by the end of 2001.

"We are pleased that UtiliCorp supports renewable energy and, as the nation's largest generator of wind power, FPL Energy is proud to be the company chosen to provide this clean power to UtiliCorp and its customers," said Lew Hay, FPL Energy president.

FPL Energy currently operates wind farms in Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Oregon and California, with nearly 1,000 megawatts of capacity and a net ownership of approximately 600 megawatts. The company has announced wind projects that will add approximately 870 additional megawatts to its portfolio by the end of 2001.

FPL Energy is a leading independent producer of clean energy, including natural gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric. It owns and operates power plants with more than 4,100 total net megawatts in 12 states across the country. Wind power represents nearly 15 percent of the company's portfolio, with a total of 80 percent fueled by renewable sources or clean-burning natural gas. FPL Energy has announced new projects that will add more than 5,700 megawatts to its portfolio by the end of 2003. Projects representing more than half of the expanded capacity are already under construction.

FPL Group, with annual revenues of more than $7 billion, is one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services. FPL Group's principal subsidiary is Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving approximately 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.fplenergy.com/, http://www.fplgroup.com/ and http://www.fpl.com/.

Based in Kansas City, Mo., UtiliCorp United is a multinational energy company with more than four million customers. It operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Australia. At March 31, 2001, UtiliCorp had total assets of $13.3 billion and 12-month sales of $36.3 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.utilicorp.com/.


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