Wind farm withdraws contract with city of Columbia for electricity

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 4:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The city has learned that what would have been its single largest purchase of electricity generated from wind is in doubt.

This contract was for the purchase of 20 megawatts of electricity from Farmer City Wind in northwest Missouri for $900,000. It was also expected to raise the city's renewable energy portfolio from 7 percent to more than 11 percent. In perfect conditions, this 20 megawatt purchase could power a third of all the homes in Columbia.

On Thursday morning, Water and Light Director Tad Johnsen said the company contacted the city asking to pull the contract from the agenda of the City Council meeting held on Monday, citing an "unexpected challenge." He also said there was an "upper-level" corporate decision that did not allow the company to move forward with the contract.

In an interview on Wednesday, Paul Copleman of Iberdrola Renewables, the company that owns Farmer City Wind, would only say that the contract was under review.

Connie Kacprowicz of the city Water and Light Department said the next step is to see whether the contract can be revived.

Members of the Water and Light Advisory Board agreed at a meeting Thursday morning that the city would need to look for another provider of renewable energy if the contract doesn't pan out.

The city has a goal of reaching 15 percent renewable energy in its electric portfolio by the end of 2017, as outlined in the renewable energy ordinance.

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Michael Williams March 20, 2014 | 6:42 p.m.

"unexpected challenge"

That means "we found someone who would pay more".

Either that, or some vanes broke off.

PS: As a side note, we got our first letter from one of our family physicians. As of June, 2014, he's reducing his practice size and going concierge. Once he reaches his "limit", you're on a waiting list until a spot opens up. First come, first serve....enroll now.

Can you say "stratification of health care"? Can you say "the market always responds?" Can you say "unintended consequences"? Can you say "ivory tower thought can't think of everything?"


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Ellis Smith March 20, 2014 | 8:27 p.m.


Again, the reprise of a skit by Monty Python (spelling?).

We see the waiting room of a UK doctor's office, filled with sitting, dejected people. They look like they've been there for days: the adult males have heavy stubble on their faces, and some patients actually have cobwebs attached to them.

The receptionist looks bored and bedraggled.

An exterior door suddenly opens and a middle-aged couple rush in. The man tells the receptionist they've had a one-car crash and he thinks his wife's arm may be broken.

The receptionist tells him to take a seat and wait his turn like everyone else.

"But," yells the man, "we're very well fixed and will pay the doctor immediately in cash."

An interior door quickly opens, and a white-coated physician emerges; the couple are brought in to examine the lady's arm.

(I am told that in reality this is illegal in the United Kingdom and can result in serious fines and even loss of license for the physician. So we can be certain it never happens, correct?)

Gawd, it's difficult to banish Capitalism! It's just like the Phoenix Bird. :)

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Michael Williams March 20, 2014 | 9:22 p.m.

Ellis: 2 things, with my comments.

"I am told that in reality this...can result in serious fines and even loss of license for the physician...."

Me: You will see this attempted in the US within a couple of years, first with Medicare patients and doctors reluctant to take them. There will be attempted penalties and doctors will say &%*)@&*%# you with an f.

"Gawd, it's difficult to banish Capitalism!"

Me: That's what is funny about all this. Liberals think they can modify everyone's behavior, but the fact is that folks will get their backs up and do what they want anyway, even if it's illegal. Fortunately, there's still that independent streak that caused our ancestors to come here and even go west by wagon. Even the USSR found they could not completely suppress capitalism...hell, that's what a black market is when suppression is in the air!!!!!

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Ellis Smith March 21, 2014 | 8:17 a.m.



Your first comment. Of course! That's the CORE of their philosophy. Americans are far too stupid, venal and unreliable to be expected to do the "correct" thing, so we must be coerced into doing so. Care to guess who has been self-appointed to determine what IS "correct"?

It's difficult not to notice that some of those folks have personal and/or family lives that are disasters (as, in fairness, do some folks on the political Right). But that is of no consequence to them when telling others what to do. Read any comprehensive biography of Karl Marx, one that also chronicals Marx' family life.

Your second comment. I prefer to use the Eighteenth Amendment in my examples. As it turns out, I used it earlier this week (abortion discussion). What then occurred had as much to do with citizen anger and disgust as it did with alcohol or alcoholism.

Didn't this country begin with a rebellion? Of course that was during the pre-Marx and pre-National Socialist era.

[Slightly] different subject. A post by neither of us appeared the other day in which corporal punishment of youngsters was discussed. I am not disputing the findings of experts (which were mentioned), but isn't it strange that prior generations of Americans who endured some of that managed to turn into responsible adults, many of whom made major contributions to our society? (Perpetual whining does NOT qualify as a contribution to American society.)

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