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Why does KCK buy this electricity instead of lawrence? Couldn't lawrence use it to power all the street lights in town...not to mention city hall? Maybe the school district and county should step up too...I thought tis was the only city in Kansas that WASN'T Brownbackward...I guess I was wrong...
You think Lawrence is a utility company? How do you propose that the school district buy their electricity? long extension cords?
I believe the school district is closer than KCK. I suspect even you could check that on googlemaps...
Dude, it has to do with buying and selling electricity. There are utility companies which do this. The city of Lawrence and the Lawrence school district are not utility companies and have NO WAY to choose who they buy their electricity from. So how can they "step up" and buy electricity from Bowersock? Google maps won't answer this question for you.
Because the power generated is sold to a grid - not directly to users. That's the way the system is set up.
Where is the fishing pier etc. Why can't Lawrence benefit more from this plant?
KU or Westar could have bought the power but didn't? Why? Didn't they want to pay the fair market price for the power?
The above questions are important and need to be answered.
And: Is the public allowed to sell electricity, from solar or wind, to Westar, like it is in many states.
Or is the Lawrence public completely left out of this picture?
How about Baldwin City, which has its own electric plant?
"Is the public allowed to sell electricity, from solar or wind, to Westar,"
Yes, in the form of credits to the amount equal to your annual electricity purchases. Any more and you don't anything.
Most of the time Baldwin City gets elec from the grid. Occasionally, when weather dictates or they get a cheap buy window of LNG, they go off grid and generate -in fact yesterday they did for 12 hours or so. I don't think BC ever sells on the grid. BTW, our monthly energy bill makes people groan but most think the independence is worth it.
Whatever. Most of the time BC's motors are cold.
And - how about some pictures of the Bowersock power plant and the opening activities?
And to run two of those four turbines they have to raise the dam level and back water up the Kansas River. And it still ain't enough.
Not to mention the boondoggle - so we have a hydro plant. Doesn't make a dent in the spewing coal plant that is Lawrence's memorable landmark on the turnpike.
Raise the dam level and back water up the Kansas River. Yes they do thus causing erosion up stream of the dam like never before. Stand on the west bridge and look at the south bank of the river it is eroding the bank by the hundreds of tons. On futher upstream you will see the same thing happening and trees falling into the water from erosion. This has all started since they started to control the water flow over the damn last fall. Oh we are so lucky to have this plant so folks like Bowersock can use the cheap electricity to creat a manufacturing empire with no regard to the Kaw River.
TP I feel your frustration about the Lawrence Energy Center emissions. The local hydro power will never make a dent in those emissions or any of Westar's unless Westar chooses to buy the power Bowersock is producing-and they have not done that nor will they in the foreseeable future as their demand is projected to stay weak and they still have some requirements for renewable that they will have to get from wind farms since BPU has locked up the hydro for a decent amount of time. Also, in 2-3 years it is projected that home photovoltaics will be as cheap as what Westar offers us-that will initiate some legislative battles as Westar and KCPL attempt to protect their monopolies.
Everybody is worrying about where the electricity is going to be used. The real worry should be if there is ever going to be enough electricity generated to sell anywhere. Twenty five million dollar interest payments add up very fast. Water flow on the Kaw is decreasing. Can production of electricity keep up with the interest payments? That is yet to be seen.
Fracking the Missouri River is what is causing the low water levels.
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