Michael Keller (3/24, Letters) writes that including a requirement for renewable energy in the Kansas Comprehensive Energy Plan is a bad idea because it will increase costs. The Texas Public Utilities Commission has stated that wind power is now its lowest-cost source of electricity. Their other primary source of electricity, natural gas plants, has produced steadily increasing prices for years as supplies of natural gas decline.
Kansas, and other states, need new sources of power. Your choices are new coal plants, new nuclear plants or wind plants. Numerous studies show that of those choices wind plants provide the lowest-cost electricity.
Don’t compare the cost of new wind power to fully amortized, 30- to 40-year-old coal plants. Compare fully amortized wind plants to fully amortized coal plants. What is the cost of the fuel for wind plants in 10 years when the turbines have paid for themselves?
Wind is free, while coal costs increase. The damage to the economy of climate change, caused by coal power, is in the trillions of dollars. Wind is the low-cost choice for power in Kansas.
CEO, WindSoHy, LLC