KIUC is sitting on a consultant's forecast that says our morning peak load will need new generating capacity by 2013.
Accordingly, KIUC is now on a fast track to purchase a $75 million 35MW fossil fuel generator, called GenX, to be sited in Kapaia.
...Which is why KIUC lobbied against the legislative moratorium on new fossil fuel plants.
Yet, why did KIUC unquestioningly accept the consultants forecast? And how did fossil fuels emerge as the top candidate?
One might expect KIUC to pull out all stops to avoid any additional fossil fuel reliance, and several alternative strategies come readily to mind.
As I will testify:
"We wouldn't want to face false choices with flawed forecasts."
I'll post more here later, and this will get ya started thinking.
BTW, the yellow line in the chart above is the consultant's forecast for our "peak load", and the white line is where I think we're actually headed....down!
Film @ 11...
Added (following my KIUC testimony):
So, one director commented that they had looked at possible changes in the forecast, and another said GenX would also run on biofuel, and for a moment I tho't there was a point they were trying to make (heh).
Now, on to Part III about sustainability thinking...