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David Haley (N)

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Why are you running for this position, and what particular experience, skills or resources will you be able to bring to it if elected?

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What is the most pressing need that the BPU Board should be addressing?

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What steps should the BPU board take to appear more accountable and transparent to customers?

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The state of Kansas will be doing a study of retail electric rates in 2020. How do you think BPU will be rated in that study?

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It is reported that about 45% of BPU’s power is generated through renewable sources. In your opinion, is that adequate? What else should BPU do to expand its use of renewables?

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Rose Mulvany Henry (N) Attorney

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Personal Biography I was born and raised in Wyandotte County, attending St. Peter’s Cathedral grade school and Bishop Ward High School. I graduated from the University of Kansas for undergrad, and Washburn University School of Law for graduate degree in law. I was admitted to practice in Kansas in 1994. My husband, John, and I have lived in our Piper area home since 2000. We enjoy spending time with out son, daughter-in-law and beautiful granddaughter.
Campaign Phone (913) 558-6778
Campaign Email rmh3242@gmail.com
Education University of Kansas, B.A. English Washburn University School of Law, J.D.
Community/Public Service We are very supportive of the following nonprofit organizations: Caritas Clinics; Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope; Horizon Academy; Reaching Out From Within
Address 12461 Augusta Drive Kansas City, KS 66109
Web Site https://rosehenrylaw.com

Why are you running for this position, and what particular experience, skills or resources will you be able to bring to it if elected?

I am a near lifelong KCK resident. I am a ratepayer. I have been an attorney in the utility sector for 25 years. I am concerned about the long-term viability of the utility. The present business plan (high % of gross revenue going to the UG) does not appear sustainable in the long run. Based on U.S. Census data, 24/7 Wall Street recently compiled information on counties in every state in the U.S. (See https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/06/27/worst-county-to-live-in-every-state/39584587/) The study concluded that Wyandotte County’s poverty rate is 21.4%, versus a statewide average of 12.8%. With almost a quarter of our local residents being economically challenged, a 12.9% PILOT fee (pass through to the UG), on top of their actual power and water consumption, is extremely harmful. I think we must at least try to address the problem. I think I have experience to offer to the Board and am uniquely qualified to assist with complex problem-solving that our utility faces

What is the most pressing need that the BPU Board should be addressing?

The most pressing need the Board should be addressing is the long-term viability of the utility. There are several factors that go into that analysis, including: properly resourcing, safety and addressing aging infrastructure.

What steps should the BPU board take to appear more accountable and transparent to customers?

The BPU Board should look at all mediums through which it communicates with customers, including in person and online/use of social media and determine if there are more/better ways to achieve transparency than what is in place today. For example, should BPU customer policies be more accessible than they are today, and if so, how? These are the kinds of questions that the Board should strive to answer thoroughly and produce its findings publicly.

The state of Kansas will be doing a study of retail electric rates in 2020. How do you think BPU will be rated in that study?

I think the BPU rates will be found to be on par with other municipal utilities. Any rate study of retail electric rates should be an "apples to apples" comparison.

It is reported that about 45% of BPU’s power is generated through renewable sources. In your opinion, is that adequate? What else should BPU do to expand its use of renewables?

The Renewable Energy Standards Act establishes the statewide renewable energy standard for Kansas. In 2015, the mandated standard was converted to a voluntary goal, which by 2020, will result in 20% of a utility's peak demand within the state be generated from renewable energy resources. Given that BPU far exceeds that voluntary goal today, and the economic challenges of a portion of its residents, in my opinion, BPU's efforts should be applauded. The long-term goal should be to continue to expand BPU's use of renewable sources within the construct of a sustainable strategic plan.