belexus73 (Bill Griffith)


Comment history

Sloan: Clean Power Plan leaves gaps for states and utilities to fill

It would be helpful if the interview gave examples of laws that would encourage large users of electricity to invest in renewables. Rebates, tax credits, feed-in tariffs.....? Obviously the federal parallel generation statute is not enough of an incentive at this time.

I hope everyone withholds judgment on what solar's "fair share" is until an independent study is done to ascertain this. Other states' studies have been very interesting.

August 16, 2015 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City area to get 1,001 electric car chargers

Well Fred, if KCPL is run by a bunch of libs then your conclusion is spot on.

January 27, 2015 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Climbing rates

Solar panels can be leased (minimum of 8) for 0 down with approved credit and the lease payment should be about what the portion of your electric bill was. After the lease is up you can own the panels and not be as tied to the electric company and their rate increases. Cromwell Solar is the only solar company in Kansas doing leasing at this time. I believe there are a couple in Missouri.

June 7, 2014 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Climbing rates

I might add Kansas is well-positioned to keep rates from "sky-rocketing". The energy efficiency legislation passed by the legislature and signed by the governor will go before the KCC as a rate case in the near future. However, energy efficiency is the least-cost form of new energy and Kansas ranks very low in the amount of ee done by our utilities so there is a great deal of low-hanging fruit, if you will. Also, if and when new generation is added, utility-scale wind is extremely cheap to acquire in this state.

June 6, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Climbing rates

Utility rates will certainly continue to rise-that is the nature of that beast. However, your bill does not necessarily need to go up as well. I have installed cfls and am now adding LED lights to my home as well as making sure it is properly insulated, sealed-including elbow joints in ductwork with the correct insulating tape, I have power strips for equipment that I turn off if they are not needed for several hours, and have several energy-efficient windows. Our Westar bill last month (granted no a/c load) was around 34 dollars. Obviously a homeowner is in a better position than a renter but many renters can do some of these ideas to lower their actual bill.

June 6, 2014 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas gives go-ahead again to new coal plant

James N, I understand your points but there are a couple of issues-The Hugoton gas field in SW Kansas is declining each year. I think it would be easier to purchase gas than attempt to drill or obtain drilling rights in that area of Kansas. It is true that Sunflower does own interest in Wyoming coal mines but China could not buy it because there is no viable terminal on the west coast to ship it across the Pacific. Also, China's coal use is predicted to decline in the very near future. There is a window for countries to sell more coal to China but it seems to be closing quickly.

May 31, 2014 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar starts $200,000 solar panel project in Lawrence; commissioners win award for Rock Chalk Park

I call baloney on the statement that 200k in solar equipment will only power two homes. I went to the Solar City site and it indicated a 3 bedroom home with a 200 dollar monthly electric bill can be replaced with photovoltaics for 30k and the homeowner would then get the 30 percent federal tax credit for a final cost of 21k. Westar did the same misdirection with wind energy costs a decade ago when they had not accepted wind power as part of their portfolio. Now they are alarmed at possibly losing market share to photovoltaics and are needing to acquire their onw information on it. By the way, the other solar they are doing is because of a settlement agreement with EPA and the Sierra Club-kudos to Westar for choosing the solar option....but they did have to choose an option that the feds and SC agreed upon.

February 4, 2014 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court reverses issuance of permit to build coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas

As far as the fly in the ointment analogy I would up that by saying it was more like a thumb-size hornet from China. I agree with the proposition that this throws a spanner into the Farm Bill sleight-of-hand that we witnessed.

October 5, 2013 at 8:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court reverses issuance of permit to build coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas

The investments on alternative fuels include research on transportation fuels-not sure if there was much in there for electricity. The investments will not be touched by this decision as the court was narrowly focused on the air permit. Sunflower had backed off on the algae-related research last I heard. We do have a great deal of coal in the ground but the Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stones.

October 5, 2013 at 7:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )