New Study says Wind Energy Works for Kansas

28 Nov, 2012

A recently released study shows the wind energy industry creates jobs for workers, economic benefits for landowners and downward pressure on electricity rates. The study was conducted by law firm Polsinelli Shughart in partnership with the Kansas Energy Information Network.

“Kansas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard has helped diversify Kansas’ energy mix, providing those who rely on affordable power insulation from the volatility of fuel costs,” says Jeff Clark, executive director of The Wind Coalition. “Even with current low natural gas prices, the study clearly shows wind provides a lower electricity price for Kansas consumers compared to other peaking generation sources.”

The Renewable Portfolio Standard requires 10 percent of all power owned or purchased by public utilities come from renewable generation for the years 2011-2015.

Highlights of the study found:

*More than 12,000 jobs have been created because of the recent construction of 19 wind farms in Kansas

*Nearly three-quarters of these jobs are permanent and tied to the operation of wind farms and support industries

*Economic benefits to landowners over the 20-year life of existing projects exceeds $273 million, and community contributions plus donation agreements exceed $208 million over the 20-year lifespan of agreements

The Wind Coalition is the leading advocate for the development of wind energy in eight South Central states, including Kansas.

Learn more about the study.

Illustration by Suwit Ritjaroon at Free Digital

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