Jousting with the windmills in Nebraska |

Jousting with the windmills in Nebraska

Dear Editor:

When I first heard about this scheme to buy power from Nebraska I was baffled (“City of Aspen on path to become more windy,” March 18). Energy transmission line losses from there to here are prohibitive. I went and visited Phil Overeynder, “the city’s utilities and environmental initiatives director.” I was impressed with the outstanding job he has done in reducing costs for energy in Aspen and vicinity. He demonstrated to me that through his clearly visionary management of our power sources, he has made Aspen one of the lowest cost places in Colorado to buy electricity. After much discussion I think that we agreed that not a single Nebraskan watt would arrive in the Aspen area. This “energy swap” was a bookkeeping scheme only. We would be reducing carbon emissions in Nebraska by funding windmills in that state.

Carolyn Sackariason’s article states, “Overeynder’s recommendation of 5 million kilowatt hours will reduce Aspen Electric’s total CO2 emissions by 19 percent.” This should be changed to “19 percent of Aspen’s usage will replace that equivalent amount of fossil fired power in Nebraska and/or South Dakota.”

In conclusion Aspen will be emitting no less carbon dioxide by this effort, but we will fund reductions of CO2 emissions in Nebraska and/or South Dakota.

Cliff Mohwinkel, Ph.D.


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