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Kansas loses steam on energy efficiency

State ranks 46th in its policies and programs

October 19, 2010


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That’s the message state officials are sending after Kansas ranked 46th in its energy-efficiency policies and programs. In the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s state scorecard, Kansas fell seven places in 2010.

Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma joined Kansas on the list of the 10 worst states for energy efficiency. North Dakota was at the worst and California ranked best.

“Everybody recognizes there is room for improvement,” said Cara Sloan-Ramos, spokeswoman for the Kansas Corporation Commission, about the ranking.

Kansas lagged behind the 27 states that have established targets for reducing energy consumption in the coming years and the 20 states that have adopted or made significant progress toward implementing energy-saving building codes.

“Other states are taking a lot of action on energy-efficiency policies. And we have not done that yet in Kansas,” said Eileen Horn, the Douglas County and Lawrence Sustainability Coordinator.

Along with establishing a long-range policy to reduce energy consumption, Horn said the state would make progress if it would decouple energy generation from the revenue that utility companies bring in. That would entice utilities to take steps to conserve energy.

“Utilities can recover some of the lost revenue by becoming more efficient,” Horn said.

Ramos also noted that the state needs to do a better job of just providing the ACEEE with up-to-date information on what Kansas has been doing in terms of energy-efficiency programs.

Both Horn and Ramos noted the state is continuously offering programs that promote energy efficiency.

Horn pointed to the State Energy Office’s rebate for a $100 energy audit, something that typically costs several hundred dollars. The state also received more than $34 million in stimulus dollars for homeowners and small businesses to use for improvements that would lower energy bills. That money is available through loans from banks or utility companies.

“We have room to grow with the ranking of 46th, but I don’t want everyone to feel hopeless. There are already great programs at the State Energy Office,” Horn said.

She also noted that the energy-efficiency programs being implemented in the city of Lawrence and Douglas County can also help convince the state that it works.

“I really hope that cities like Lawrence can show the state what is possible,” she said.


bobberboy 3 years, 6 months ago

what do you expect from a bunch of retards ?


gudpoynt 3 years, 6 months ago

Why do Republicans let their hatred of liberals transfer over to a hatred of environmentalism?

Don't the words conservatism and conservation have the same root?


George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

Wait until we have energy prices related to demand - only residential properties will pay them. At 3PM on a given August Day when the outside temperature is 110 the plant shift worker trying to sleep for the night shift will pay the price for the highest kilowatt on the system while executives at work at Westar will pay nothing and be cooled according to the needs of their computers (68?) . This will all get better with time as the "climate change theocrats" demand more and more worship of their god with no regard to who gets hurt.


gphawk89 3 years, 6 months ago

So a state's energy efficiency is judged by the number of related policies, mandates, laws, etc.? In that case, wouldn't being ranked near the bottom be a good thing?


George Lippencott 3 years, 6 months ago

maybe not. See:

Perhaps Lawrence could learn somthing and use the carrot rather than the stick in the future.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, and if we let the looney lefties squash the new electrical plants we will not be causing any efficiency problems, we will be using candles and living under blankets in the dark. The looney left and their fraudulant campaign against coal-fired electrical generating plants will bring us to wrack and ruin if they are allowed to gain a foothold and it is beginning to look like the people are being taken in by these extremist fools.


Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 6 months ago

Kansas inefficient? But we have so many green programs and mass transit options available. How could this happen?


Timothy Eugene 3 years, 6 months ago

Just another chance for the liberal left to try and control our lives. My family bought into the new "cleaner, more efficient" light bulbs and it's a crock. They don't last longer; burn out just as often as regular bulbs, AND our electricity bills are higher than ever. What clean, cheaper, more efficient energy? Just like global warming.....a scam.


consumer1 3 years, 6 months ago

what a travesty!! How could such a thing happen? Kansas is so full of superior intellect's. I know this because I read the Journal world blogs. Especially amoung those who are in control of the environmental agenda... " I mean, gosh Beaver"? "tell me it aint so". So does this mean we have been duped by all the far left clowns?


ralphralph 3 years, 6 months ago

Kinda hope Kansas falls to 50th, because we have created so many new businesses and jobs that the power plants are whirring 24/7 .... or, we could go Third World and shut things down and go to sleep on the floors of our communal huts each evening at sundown.


Les Blevins 3 years, 6 months ago

The Journal World would rather publish stories about Kansas' problems such as "Kansas looses steam on energy efficiency" than publish stories about Kansas innovators and the solutions they offer Kansas to solve those problems.


Les Blevins 3 years, 6 months ago

This is what I mean by being dupliticous. They think we are too dumb to pick up on this.


devobrun 3 years, 6 months ago

"Horn said the state would make progress if it would decouple energy generation from the revenue that utility companies bring in. That would entice utilities to take steps to conserve energy"

Huh? Decouple energy generation from revenue? So the utility company would get revenue from where?


Les Blevins 3 years, 6 months ago

Eileen Horn and Tom Sloan and their fellow Republicans are being duplicitous in saying on the one hand our ranking isn't very good but we don't want people to feel hopeless and then standing in the way of exactly the kind of innovation and progress Lawrence and the state of Kansas needs to excel and show the way forward.


LogicMan 3 years, 6 months ago

Is it by chance that this state by state ranking of energy efficiency programs is almost the same as for states that are in financial trouble? #1 California, for example, is bankrupt.

If you look at lifestyles and personal habits toward energy use, maybe you'd find that the people in the lowest ranked states are already quite frugal, on average, and don't need or want the energy welfare handouts or their future tax liabilities.


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