Karl Koehler

Karl Koehler 6 days, 12 hours ago on Our View: To invest in solar energy or not?

$60K in REC is just crony driven wealth redistribution - nothing particularly admirable or noteworthy about it in my view. This sort of investment doesn't pay for itself so much as someone else pays for it. That may be good business but it's ethically questionable in my book. As for the $24K in reduced energy bills, I'd like to know more details. Is this $24K worth of electricity supplied directly with energy derived from the solar array on the Justice Center? And was that on a hey we didn't have to buy kilowatt hours because we were generating them ourselves basis? Or did it include some sort of net metering bamboozlement? I advocate making the costs and benefits of publicly owned solar systems known so citizens can judge for themselves the value of such investments. To this day, those figures are not easy to come by. There was a time when the County was so proud of the Justice Center installation that the real time and historical electricity generation data was available on the County's home page. These days? Not so much. Here's what we need: the cost of the installation (total including engineering, planning, permitting, etc.), the amount of electricity produced over time, and the maintenance costs. I do not believe these systems are maintenance free, Low maintenance? Maybe. No maintenance? If that's the case, I'd anticipate a useful life far short of projections. The new array in Craig, if built, is another opportunity to turn all the cards up on the table. I doubt it'll happen.

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Karl Koehler 6 days, 12 hours ago on Our View: To invest in solar energy or not?

$60K in REC is just crony driven wealth redistribution - nothing particularly admirable or noteworthy about it in my view. This sort of investment doesn't pay for itself so much as someone else pays for it. That may be good business but it's ethically questionable in my book. As for the $24K in reduced energy bills, I'd like to know more details. Is this $24K worth of electricity supplied directly with energy derived from the solar array on the Justice Center? And was that on a hey we didn't have to buy kilowatt hours because we were generating them ourselves basis? Or did it include some sort of net metering bamboozlement? I advocate making the costs and benefits of publicly owned solar systems known so citizens can judge for themselves the value of such investments. To this day, those figures are not easy to come by. There was a time when the County was so proud of the Justice Center installation that the real time and historical electricity generation data was available on the County's home page. These days? Not so much. Here's what we need: the cost of the installation (total including engineering, planning, permitting, etc.), the amount of electricity produced over time, and the maintenance costs. I do not believe these systems are maintenance free, Low maintenance? Maybe. No maintenance? If that's the case, I'd anticipate a useful life far short of projections. The new array in Craig, if built, is another opportunity to turn all the cards up on the table. I doubt it'll happen.

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Karl Koehler 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Jeff Troeger: EPA confusion

The solar energy sector is booming in Colorado? Who knew? I have heard that business at the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar facility in California is sizzling.

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Karl Koehler 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Paul Bonnifield: Start of a golden age

I'm curious Paul, do you think the EPA will be successful in putting those miners who now own their own homes and have seen their working conditions vastly improved as compared to the days of your youth out of work? And would that be a good development here at the dawn of the golden age?

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Karl Koehler 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Joe Meglen: The state of our union

There's no need to apologize for being wrong. Just admit it and move on. That is unless, as a consequence of the "wrongness," people are damaged. And if they are, apologies are at that point of little value. Take proponents of global warming for example. When it becomes evident to even the most ardent supporters of the flawed ideology of global warming that they are wrong, it will be too late for their apologies to do any good for those wronged in the interim.

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Karl Koehler 2 months ago on Sustainability Council to host panel about alternative transportation in the Yampa Valley

I'm not a proponent of high speed rail (or medium or low speed for that matter) and think protagonists are hard pressed to demonstrate a sound economic model exists. But I do hate the traffic on the I-70 corridor and if metro dwellers could be forced into a mandatory use standard, I'd be all for it. Cap and trade anyone? On a more constructive note, I've always wondered why ski areas and the underlying tourism trades don't promote mid-week utilization of resorts more actively. You know, bargains for off-peak periods; maybe a "green" discount for Monday through Thursday type of thing.

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Karl Koehler 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ken Collins: Fountain of knowledge

I applaud the Pilot's willingness to publish a variety of opinions and perspectives from local contributors. It's up to us, the readers, to keep our facts straight. For the record, Hillary did not rob a bank in college. But shortly thereafter, as a young attorney, she did vigorously defend a child rapist.

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Karl Koehler 3 months ago on Karl Koehler: Change would bring relief

Whoa Eric! In order for our civil society to continue to function, we simply cannot have ad hoc committees, even fairly chosen juries, deciding for themselves what's constitutional or moral. That's President Obama's job!

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Karl Koehler 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Gary Hofmeister: Really, really, really…

In hindsight, electing a man who spent a good part of his life conflicted over his own identity and expecting him to heal the ginned up racial divides the balkanizers in this country promote, may have been a mistake.

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Karl Koehler 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Joe Meglen: Restoring Republic

Well stated Joe. It's too bad the founding fathers didn't think to include in the Constitution a political remedy to enable the people's representatives to take appropriate actions should individuals in government in fact demonstrate complete disregard and disdain for the system they are sworn to protect and defend. Guys like Eric Cantor - oops!, I mean Dave Brat - could make good use of such a provision.

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