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Anderson: lobbyists pushing hard for renewable energy

This means, said Anderson, that they are seeking to impose a requirement that all companies purchase a certain amount of their energy from this renewable source. “The problem is that no one wants to buy the energy they are producing because of the high cost involved,” said Anderson. “However, they are pushing hard and I don't know at this time whether they will be successful or not.”

Rick Anderson, general manager of the McPherson Board of Public Utilities, informed commissioners during Wednesday's city commission meeting that lobbyists are pushing hard to propose a renewable portfolio standard for all energy companies in Kansas. This means, said Anderson, that they are seeking to impose a requirement that all companies purchase a certain amount of their energy from this renewable source.

“The problem is that no one wants to buy the energy they are producing because of the high cost involved,” said Anderson.

“However, they are pushing hard and I don't know at this time whether they will be successful or not.”

He noted that the local utility company does not have a lobbyist, but he continues to try to indicate the difficulties involved with the purchase of wind energy to the legislature -- adding, “Sen. Jay Emler is on our side because he does not want to see increased costs levied on his constituents in McPherson County.”

“This relates to northern McPherson County in that Gamesa has not given up on the idea of a wind farm in here until they find out whether the legislature will require a renewable portfolio standard,” Anderson said. “Until then, they still have... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Rick Anderson, general manager of the McPherson Board of Public Utilities, informed commissioners during Wednesday's city commission meeting that lobbyists are pushing hard to propose a renewable portfolio standard for all energy companies in Kansas. This means, said Anderson, that they are seeking to impose a requirement that all companies purchase a certain amount of their energy from this renewable source.

“The problem is that no one wants to buy the energy they are producing because of the high cost involved,” said Anderson.

“However, they are pushing hard and I don't know at this time whether they will be successful or not.”

He noted that the local utility company does not have a lobbyist, but he continues to try to indicate the difficulties involved with the purchase of wind energy to the legislature -- adding, “Sen. Jay Emler is on our side because he does not want to see increased costs levied on his constituents in McPherson County.”

“This relates to northern McPherson County in that Gamesa has not given up on the idea of a wind farm in here until they find out whether the legislature will require a renewable portfolio standard,” Anderson said. “Until then, they still have hope for a viable project here. They do have a strong lobby that is spending lots of money.”

In his report to commissioners, Anderson also indicated that during a recent hazardous waste compliance inspection by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, two clerical errors were discovered that had to be corrected.

Anyone who generates hazardous waste, such as solvents and kerosene, must dispose of them in a proper fashion, i.e. send them to a facility to be incinerated, Anderson explained. The BPU recently graduated from a small generator to an intermediate generator and in the process, some wrong numbers were put down on the manifest.

“I just believe that it is important to relate to the public when we make mistakes,” Anderson said. “They caught our mistake and told us to fix it and we did.” No penalties or fines were imposed.

Source: http://www.mcphersonsentine...

DEC 29 2005
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