Electricity

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You may take it for granted, but electricity gets to your outlets through wires that originate all the way back to the source.

Now, if that’s a solar panel on your roof, it’s not very far. But when it comes to wind, power is generated a long way from where it’s used — often crossing hundreds of miles, numerous personal property lines and, increasingly, state boundaries.

Building new high-voltage lines across all those jurisdictions is now the biggest obstacle to the growth of wind energy.

Imagine a blackout that lasts not days, but weeks or months. Veteran investigative reporter Ted Koppel discusses the life-threatening possibility of an attack on our power grid and how unprepared our government is for such a disaster.

Ted Koppel will be in Kansas City to discuss his new book, 'Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath' at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. For admission information, visit www.rainydaybooks.com.

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A Kansas City-based alternative energy company will protest a request by KCP&L to stop giving solar rebates in Missouri. The utility calculates the rebates are too costly.

The program is an outgrowth of 2008 passage of Proposition C to support a renewable energy standard. It required utilities to start offering solar rebates in 2010 and indefinitely.  

KCP&L argued funds have been depleted, and the utility has requested permission to stop offering solar rebates after September 3.

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Compared to other areas of the country, Missouri and Kansas have it pretty good when it comes to energy pricing.