Letters to the Editor

Energy efficiency

May 10, 2009

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To the editor:

It’s sad to see the lack of leadership in Kansas government create a situation where we are falling farther and farther behind other states in preparing our residents, businesses and industries for the future.

A January 2009 study titled “Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap,” financed by the Henry Luce Foundation, looked at each state’s ratio between its gross domestic product and the number of kilowatt hours consumed, adjusted for climate and economic base. It concluded that if all states adopted the existing energy efficiency standards, incentives and codes of the 10 most efficient states, states like New Hampshire, Alaska, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Colorado, that the entire country could cut its electrical consumption by 31 percent. In Kansas, by setting a modest, achievable goal of improving our energy efficiency by 2.3 percent per year for 10 years, we could save 19,986 gigawatt hours of electricity and 16.4 million tons of CO2 per year.

The so-called “green” package passed by the current Legislature contains almost none of these features. They don’t come close to addressing the outdated heating and cooling, appliance, or home, commercial and industrial energy efficiency standards already adopted by other states. We can see what this kind of attitude has done for our nation’s automobile industry; what do you think it will do for Kansas’ economic future?

Lassman is from Lawrence

Comments

Ken Lassman 6 years ago

16.4 million tons of CO2 saved just through energy efficiency--hmmmm.....isn't that the least we could do if the Sunflower investors force that coal fired plant onto Kansans so they can get a return on their previous bad investment? After all, the new Holcomb coal plant will be spewing out over 6 million tons of CO2 per year, and the energy efficiency investments suggested by the letter will create a heck of a lot more jobs than that coal fired plant will ever produce.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

I was told by Westar staff people at a local energy fair that if Kansas ratepayers would voluntarily subscribe to implementing energy conservation meansures in our homes and business Kansas likely would not need MORE power plants just cleaner power sources.

Yes in the same breath it was acknowledged that Kansas would/should invest in CLEANER energy sources.

Clean coal is not available and will not be for many years. So called clean coal is a very very expensive source so much so that the Bush admin cut funding to a project in Illinois due to cost overruns. Grab your wallets!

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