Newsletter - August 2015
Our Next Bulk Buy
A Feel Good Brief:
Each Fall the Land Institute holds a its
Prairie Festival 2015
From its early days in the 1970’s, the Land has been a champion of renewable energy. On Saturday, Sept 12th they’ve asked us to help install a 4.5 KW system on their research lab building. In their work developing large seeded perrenials, the Land needs greenhouses which in turn need a large amount of power. So this will likely be only a portion of their final PV system. This installation is timed to get the system up and running by this year’s festival. We highly recommend the festival September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015, where hundreds will be camping, playing music and listening to internationally renowned speakers. You can find out more and register at: https://landinstitute.org/events/calendar-events/prairie-festival-2015.
We will be carpooling from UFM early in the morning on the 12th and probably will be back in the evening. People who need to return earlier may share rides with others leaving before we’re done. This will be a great opportunity for us to connect with a very successful, committed and like-minded institute.
Those of us who need to stay in Manhattan
FHREEC has been invited to have a booth at the Aggieville Mini Maker Faire. I’d have instantly said yes, but we are scheduled for the all day install at the Land Institute. We are supposed to be there by 8:00 am. Their Fall Prairie Festival is two weeks later so we can’t postpone it. If we have the volunteers to staff the booth from 10 am to 4pm, FHREEC has one of those pop-up tents and literature left over from the Riley County Fair, so if interested, contact me to make this happen.
News from Climate and Energy Project.Kansas Corporation Commission Approves Westar Agreement
New rates in effect October 28, 2015
On Wednesday, the KCC agreed to endorse the agreement between Westar Energy, Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board (CURB), Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) staff and industrial customers on Westar's request to raise rates.
The negotiated settlement agreement includes among other things:
The average customer will see a $5-7 per month increase in their monthly bill.
The question of a special charge for customers who install solar power will be discussed at a later date during a solar specific docket.
You can read the full settlement here.
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