The B-P Wind Energy project unveiled by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback last week is an 800 million-dollar project, covering 66,000 acres in Harper, Barber, Kingman, and Sumner Counties. Flat Ridge 2 will generate power using 262 turbines. It will also generate 500 jobs for construction and 30 for on-going operations.
200 landowners and the local governments will split a million dollars a year for 20 years. Three-fourths of the power will go to an electric cooperative in Missouri.
“The project is on a fast track, in part because a federal tax credit for wind energy is likely to disappear after 2012”, Rhonda Holman writes in a Wichita Eagle editorial.
A few Kansans are going to make a lot of money out of the wind resource, just like those who’ve had oil-producing wells on their property for years. An out-of-state company will profit. A few Kansas jobs will be created.
But what about the rest of us? If Kansas is to become “the Saudi Arabia of wind energy”, why can’t all Kansans share the wealth? We ought to at least have the lowest electricity rates in the world.
Our thought for today is from Ambrose Bierce:
“Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”