Thursday, January 31, 2008

Details of Sebelius coal compromise

By Diane Silver

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wrote to legislative leaders today revealing that Holcomb's developers, Sunflower Electric Power and Midwest Energy, had rejected a compromise plan from her administration.

Perhaps, the power of the Hive Mind of the web can help us understand this more. What do you all think? Is this a good compromise? Should she compromise at all?

The governor's letter says the compromise involved the following points.

  • Build one new plant similar in size to the Sand Sage permit previously approved (660 MW);
  • Kansas base load power needs must receive top priority;
  • Plant must be able to implement carbon sequestration technology;
  • Commitment for 20% wind power (132 MW)
  • Commitment for 100 MW of energy efficiency
  • Net metering allowed in the Sunflower service area

1 comment:

Ken said...

Let's start with the good. She asks the utility to take care of Kansans first. She asks for a committment to alternative energy.

But there is more bad. the committment to alt energy is too low. and I would like to know when that energy would be in the system. In the end we have still built yet another coal power plant that will pump out tons of CO2. I spent a year working in Seattle and coming home the amount of sunlight just jumps out not to mention our Kansas wind. One of these days people need to figure out that one technology is not going to take us off oil. It will take a variety of technologies.