The Holcomb Bills 2009
As part of the deal, the legislature had to pass a package of measures including nearly all of what was in the previous Holcomb Bills or the deal was off. The process began in the Senate the very next day, involving two consecutive gut-and-go maneuvers that produced Senate Substitute for House Bill 2369. 2369 was approved by the Senate on May 7 and the House concurred on May 8. Parkinson signed the bill into law on May 22.
Sub. 2369 and Supplemental note for Sub. 2369 its supplemental note (plain English version). Craig Volland has written a concise analysis of the settlement deal, outlining how little real environmental value there is in it. The May 15 revision of it is here Analysis of Holcomb settlement deal.
What we are left with is:
- Construction of the new 895Mw coal-fired power plant at Holcomb is to begin by the end of 2010.
- Sunflower can opt out of electric rate regulation by the Kansas Corporation Commission.
- The Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment is forbidden from enforcing any air quality standards more strict than federal standards.
- Kansas has a Renewable Energy Standard arguably weaker than the previous voluntary agreement worked out between Gov. Sebelius and the utilities.
- If you want to generate your own power with a windmill or solar panels, and you are not a customer of an electric co-op, you can now do so and the utility will provide you with a bi-directional meter and apply any excess power you generate towards your future energy use - but will erase any surplus in your favor at the end of each year - and you are limited to 25Kw of installed capacity if you are a residential customer.
- Those items, along with some other things, are what Governor Parkinson is calling an energy policy that "- - utilizes all forms of generation, encourages the wise use of energy and balances concerns for cost and the environment.