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Critical Times

5 years ago | Dec 23, 2014
By: Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director

Dear friend of the Climate + Energy Project,

Each year, your inbox is filled with requests from great organizations looking for your support. We all have causes that are near to our hearts and I know it can sometimes be difficult to choose which ones deserve your support.

Please choose CEP.

We spend every day working toward a clean energy future for the next generation of Kansans. That future is one where we can utilize our homegrown resources like the wind and sun to help generate electricity, while keeping our air clean and saving water. It’s a future where innovations are celebrated and differences are respected.

Each week in December, our staff has shared a blog about their projects and why we hope you’ll consider a tax-deductible gift to support our work. Some of our most visible work over the past several years has centered on clean energy policy. Read more to see what’s in store for 2015 and why your help and support would go a long way in achieving our shared goals. 

2014 has been one of the most rewarding and the most challenging years in our organizational life. For the third straight year, renewable energy policies in Kansas were under vicious attack. Anti-renewables groups spent nearly $1 million dollars trying to overturn smart energy policy here at home.

CEP led the effort to mobilize Kansans to stand up for the highly successful statewide Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) through a collaborative grassroots campaign focused on economic benefits of wind. We worked with our partners in the Kansans for Clean Energy coalition and the wind industry to rally Kansans with a coordinated message, "Wind Works for Kansas.”

We collected 2,000 postcards in support of renewable energy and mobilized thousands of supporters to take action via calls, visits and emails. Our coordinated letter to the editor strategy and press connections led to more than 115 state and national stories. Despite overwhelming odds and eight separate attempts, our legislators stood up against anti-renewable pressures and the RPS repeal effort was defeated!

During the same session, efforts to eliminate net metering compelled CEP to create a statewide education and outreach campaign that utilized many partners to get Kansan decision-makers up to speed on the economic benefits of solar. Because CEP is seen as a trusted leader interested in common-ground solutions we negotiated an agreement between the solar industry, advocates, and utilities to keep net metering.

In addition to defending two staple clean energy policies, CEP worked with clean energy groups, natural resource advocates and the electric and natural gas utility industry to support the Kansas Energy Efficiency Investment Act, the first efficiency legislation in the state.

CEP efforts kept the RPS and Net Metering in place. Against all odds, our small staff along with numerous volunteers, interns and board members made progress on climate and energy.

I wish I could say the fight was over. Unfortunately, throughout the summer and fall, Governor Brownback’s support for the RPS has waivered and organizations like American’s for Prosperity and the State Chamber have indicated they will continue to push for repeal of smart energy policies like the RPS. 

The extensive travel, statewide outreach, events and polling were expensive. In order to protect clean energy policy from continued attacks or even consider expanding clean energy policy in Kansas, we need your help.

Can we count on your support? Even small tax-deductible donations can make a difference in our clean energy future. 

Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Climate + Energy Project
Dorothy, Rachel + Cassi




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