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July 29, 2005
Kansas City residents lose in PSC Decision

The Public Service Commission has decided in favor of the high-cost, high pollution option desired by KCP&L’s high-paid managers, instead of choosing a lower cost, cleaner, healthier course. Rather than considering what is the most cost effective, best long-term solution, the PSC buckled to the pressure of one of the most profitable electric utilities in the state. Kansas City area residents are the real losers on this decision.

The vote occurred today during the PSC regularly scheduled meeting. By blessing a scheme to construct $1.3 billion worth of coal-burning equipment, the PSC has all but guaranteed higher electric rates for the KC region, draining millions of dollars out of the metro area.

"We are disappointed but not surprised by the Commission's decision. We feel we can prove in court that energy efficiency is cheaper, cleaner and safer than coal. Ratepayers should not be forced to pay for a power plant that may primarily supply the needs of other utilities" said Susan Brown of Concerned Citizens of Platte County.

“It is very disappointing that when the rest of the nation is responding to the necessity to move to cleaner energy sources that do not create global warming and mercury pollution, Missouri would make this short-sighted choice” states Carla Klein, Chapter Director for the Sierra Club. All of our neighboring states are aggressively pursuing renewable energy options. Missouri committing huge sums of money to 18th century coal production will hurt the long-term health and economy of our state.

Ontario Canada has recently announced they will be phasing out their coal burning power plants, vowing to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The Ontario Public Health Resolution names health impacts and economics as a major reason for their decision. Read more:

The Sierra Club and Concerned Citizens will file a motion for rehearing.

Contact: Carla Klein 573-815-9250
Susan Brown 816-450-8948