Archive for Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Letter: Energy policy

February 26, 2013


To the editor:

People of faith are called to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. That’s why Kansas Interfaith Power & Light supports the most effective state policy we have for the development of clean energy in Kansas: the renewable portfolio standard.

The RPS requires that utilities generate or purchase 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. This market-based policy has led to an explosion of wind-energy development in Kansas, including more than 2,800 megawatts of installed wind energy equaling about $7 billion in investment since 2001, as well as the direct or indirect creation of 13,000 jobs in Kansas.

The benefits of the RPS include increased diversity and security of our energy supply; reduced volatility of power prices; local economic development resulting from new jobs, taxes and revenue; and environmental improvement as we move away from polluting forms of energy toward cleaner and safer ones — all at a reported increase of between zero and 1.7 percent on customers’ utility bills.

That’s why it’s so disturbing to see efforts in Topeka to roll back or cancel the RPS — testament to the influence of fossil-fuel money on our political system.

On behalf of God’s creation, clean energy and good jobs for Kansans, we ask our legislators to support a policy that helps develop one of the most successful economic sectors in Kansas; that provides jobs, economic opportunities, and tax revenue all across the state; and that incentivizes the development of clean, homegrown and unlimited sources of energy.


streetman 5 years ago

On a per passenger basis, ANY energy source for the mT is unjustified.

Water 5 years ago

On a fanciful note.
Can the current be reversed on these wind generators so they become giant fans? What m.p.h. winds can be created? Can they blow hog farm smell to Oklahoma? Can they defend themselves from a tornado's assault? Can they cool Kansas when blowing air over a large pond?
I dunno Rabbi, you may present wind generators to the Kansas Legislators as part of our tornado defense system. They might grant wind farms more tax credits!

Water 5 years ago

Derek's garbage-fueled, electric generators are too efficient!

Water 5 years ago

Spell check changed the word Sweden to Derek's.

streetman 5 years ago

While there are several questionable statements of "fact" in this letter, I'll pick just one of them for verification: please provide documentation for "direct or indirect creation of 13,000 jobs in Kansas" during the "renewable portfolio standard" initiative.

streetman 5 years ago

Wasn't able to read this without subscribing. Would like to, tho, to see how believable the law firm's analysis is.

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