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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Colorado utility’s token wind farm needs coal-fired energy from Kansas to make it look good

There’s no shortage of irony in Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission portraying itself as a friend of the environment as it unveiled plans at a Denver press conference for a new 50 MW wind farm in eastern Colorado.

But Tri-State neglected to mention that it plans to purchase 600 MW from the coal-fired plant that Sunflower Electric intends to build in southwestern Kansas, mostly for the purpose of selling energy to Colorado.

As one out-of-town observer recently commented, when I described the nettled politics of energy in this region, “Kansas is Colorado’s coal bitch.”

Read more:

“Utility unveils its plans for big wind project,” The Durango Herald, Jul. 7, 2009
“How a bill became a deal: Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson's 'compromise' with Sunflower Electric,” Uncommon Hours, June 25, 2009

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