Renewable energy mandate spikes cost for customers
KPI President Dave Trabert said subsidized wind farms hurt the state's economy, that business investment in the state will be $191 million less than without the mandate.
"It's easy to see windmills going up or an employer moving into town as a good thing," Trabert said in a KPI press release. "But it is often overlooked that they received a subsidy or incentive.
July 28, 2012
by Ben Fitch
in The Emporia Gazette
According to the Kansas Policy Institute, new renewable energy mandates in Kansas will cause energy rates for residents to spike considerably in the coming years.
In 2009, Kansas legislature passed the Renewable Energy Standards Act, which required major utilities to derive 10 percent of their energy capacity from renewable sources. The government mandate was intended to ensure the purchase of more renewable energy, as it is often more expensive than conventional energy sources.
In Kansas, the most typical renewable energy source is wind.
A study, "The Economic Impact of the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard," by the KPI, estimates that electricity... [continue via Web link]