Thursday, January 18, 2007

One Coal Plant Gone


Tri-State's Board is
altering its
proposal for Holcomb, to build two plants at total of 1400MW instead of
three
at 1200MW. So. . . One Down, Two to Go!

A little excitement yesterday.
Some of you may already know, and now confirmed through Bill Griffith,
Sierra, and Jake Meffley, Colo Environment, that Tri-State's Board is
altering its
proposal for Holcomb, to build two plants at total of 1400MW instead of
three
at 1200MW. So. . . One Down, Two to Go!

Western Resource Advocates states in an email, "This represents a
significant
shift from the plan we reviewed in October. While things are moving in
the
right direction, our work is far from done. TOO COSTLY, NOT NEEDED".

For whatever reasons this is indeed good news. Perhaps we'll get more
details later. I do know that one of the major co-ops in Colorado,
Delta-Montrose,
which I sent out to you earlier is now involved in an education campaign
with
Western Resources Advocates (WRA) to give presentations to other co-ops
which
purchase power from TriState and are subject to escalating costs due to
perceived overbuild plans by TriState.

Also I must speculate that the preponderence of good testimony at KDHE
had a
rippling effect. Keep writing to the Governor and KDHE. TOO COSTLY,
DIRTY,
NOT NEEDED.

And send congratulations to our new LT Governor, Mark Parkinson and KEC
Co-Chair, Ken Frahm for their recent testimony at the legislature, and
which hit
the news this week, "State energy officials Tuesday urged lawmakers to
adopt
measures to increase wind energy and promote conservation. 'We believe
there are
tremendous opportunities for the state,'said Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson,
who
serves as co-chair of the Kansas Energy Council." "Ken Frahm, the other
co-chair
told the House Energy and Utilities Committee that conservation and
efficiencies alone in Kansas could erase the need for a new electric
generation plant."
Quotes from Lawrence Journal World, January 17, 2007.

(Lt Gov Mark Parkinson and KEC Co-Chair Ken Frahm may be posted at the
Kansas
Energy Council office: 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604, or
email
c/o "l.brosius@kcc.state.ks.us" - I'm sure words of encouragement are
welcome.)

From the Governor: "In her budget proposal, Gov Kathleen Sebelius has
recommended that the state spend $1 million to spur construction of a
transmission
line for wind-generated electricity (I think this is primarily for
planning and
to get a coordinated plan in place with Southwest Power Pool to spur
wind
development). "In addition, Sebelius said, the state should produce 10%
of its
electricity needs from wind by 2010 and 20% by 2020." These
are
welcome words.

All for now -- good work! SARAH S. DEAN

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