Actual cost of Kansas wind energy

February 16, 2013 by  
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Published: 2/16/2013 4:39 PM | Last update: 2/16/2013 4:39 PM

Actual cost of Kansas wind energy


The Kansas Policy Institute (KPI) is lobbying the Kansas Legislature to end the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) employing a study estimating utilities will be paying 18.4 cents per kilowatt hour by 2020 for wind energy as a result of the RPS.

Facts dispute KPI’s study asWestar states wind energy costs have fallen 30 percent since 2009 resulting in wind costing less than 3.5 cents – one fifth of KPI’s estimate and about half of Westar’s cost of other forms of new generation. KPI estimates that rates will increase 45 percent yet the RPS statute KPI wants repealed caps the number at 1 percent. Westar estimates the actual cost of the RPS to residential customers as $13.80/year while KPI’s model says $660. Some Kansas utilities report zero cost of the RPS.

It is unfortunate KPI uses a questionable study in their lobbying effort as they do exceptional work in other areas of the state economy. Given Kansas’s ambitious plan to build the economy by lowering taxes, it seems untimely to risk losing economic growth in response to an effort more based in political ideology than fact.

Please ask your representation in Topeka to have KPI explain why available factual Kansas wind energy cost data was not used in their study instead of hypothetical estimates from a Boston think tank before they vote on the RPS.

MARK RICHARDSON

Hutchinson

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