KCP&L breaking pact with Sierra Club

KCP&L's Iatan 2 power plant in northern Platte County.

KCP&L’s Iatan 2 power plant in northern Platte County.

In 2007, KCP&L and the Sierra Club entered a pact that if the Sierra Club dropped it’s lawsuit to block the construction of the Iatan 2 coal-fired power plant in northern Platte County (which they did) KCP&L would change its overall policies to curb their pollution and support energy efficiency programs reducing overall energy use. According to this agreement KCP&L was to provide 400 megawatts of renewable energy and reduce energy demands by 300 megawatts by the end of 2012.
From the figures that the Sierra Club received from KCP&L in July, Sierra Club states that these goals were missed by a third in the renewable energy part and by half on the energy efficiency section.
Earlier this year KCP&L decided to spend over $1 billion to upgrade one of its coal-fired power plants in Kansas and currently plans to reduce its rebate program for businesses and homes that use solar energy. The average U.S. utility produces 40% of its energy through coal. KCP&L is at almost 70%.
Sierra Club is threatening to file a lawsuit against KCP&L in the next 30 days.

For more details go to the Star’s story at: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/15/4413256/sierra-club-accuses-kcpl-of-failing.html

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