What is the actual cost of blowing the steam whistle at Kansas University? When the first article was printed, it said KU was going to save $3,000 a year. Now that someone else is paying for it, the cost is $7,000.
According to Lynn Bretz, KU's director of university communications, the natural gas market is very volatile, and an estimate depends on when the calculation is made. The natural gas price in July 2008 was above $13 per thousand cubic feet when the larger cost estimate - referenced by Provost Richard Lariviere - was made. Natural gas at the moment is a little over $7 per thousand cubic feet - making the cost presently less.