Brian Grimmett, KMUW

Brian Grimmett


Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

Kansas utilities are generous to charities — often with your money

Kansas utility companies give away millions in charitable donations every year — and you pay for most of it. Researchers say that spending is often used for political purposes. → Read More

Kansas regulators worry investor's influence at Evergy could raise your electric rates

A growing relationship between Evergy and activist investment firm Elliott Management is raising red flags with state and federal regulators. → Read More

Environmentalists say Kansas would save money by going green faster. Evergy rejects their research

The Kansas Sierra Club says electric utility Evergy is not moving fast enough to cut carbon emissions and close coal-fired power plants. A new report says customers would save hundreds of millions of dollars closing all coal plants by 2030. → Read More

Picking health insurance is hard. Experts offer these 5 tips

Choosing a health insurance plan is complicated. Rather than stick with the status quo, follow these tips to make a more informed choice. → Read More

A changing climate will cost Kansas farmers millions in future harvests

A new-found link between increasing heat and drought means climate change-related impacts to Kansas crops could be double what was expected. → Read More

Kansans will pay more for natural gas this winter

Your natural gas bill will increase this winter as supply issues drive up market prices. → Read More

20 things to know about 20 years of Kansas wind farming

From the total power Kansas wind generates to the county with the most turbines, here's 20 interesting facts about Kansas wind. → Read More

Kansas wind energy just turned 20 and now it's bracing for a quarter-life crisis

After decades of success, the Kansas wind industry faces new challenges that could slow its growth. → Read More

This tiny town got the first big Kansas wind farm 20 years ago. Here's what happened

Living in the shadow of the state's first large-scale wind farm for 20 years has been an economic boon for the people living in Gray County Kansas. → Read More

A Kansas 4-H Student Found A Bug That's Bad News For The State

The student discovered a spotted lanternfly in western Kansas, a bug that can be deadly for many fruit and woody trees and that's been causing havoc in the Northeastern U.S. → Read More

Kansas Regulators Say They Can't Demand Company Records Over $1 Billion In Natural Gas Bills

State regulators deny an advocacy group's request to subpoena a firm that helped set natural gas prices that went up more than 2,000% during February's deep freeze. → Read More

Climate Change Is Breeding Blue-Green Algae And Costing Kansans To Fix Stinky Water

Algae blooms are increasingly fouling Kansas lakes. The blooms can make the water cities take from those lakes taste and smell bad and force them to spend more money on chemicals to make it taste better. → Read More

Electric Cars Are Ready For Longer Commutes Of Rural Kansas, If Drivers Can Stand The Sticker Shock

Rural Kansans stand to save a lot of money by switching to an electric car or truck. But availability, policy and infrastructure roadblocks could get in the way. → Read More

Kansans Of Faith Evangelize For Saving The Planet From Climate Change

The sisters at Heartland Farms mark just one of several religious communities in Kansas turning their attention to a modern crisis — climate change. Motivated by their religious beliefs, they make a faith-based case for environmentalism. → Read More

Hotter Nights From Climate Change Will Mean Worse Harvests For Kansas Farmers

MANHATTAN, Kansas — Climate change conjures notions of rising water levels along the coasts, severe drought in the Intermountain West and the record → Read More

Why Cyber Criminals Are Interested In Attacking Vital Kansas Companies

Hackers pose a growing threat to nearly any network, including the power grid that lets you reliably turn on the lights. Experts say utilities offer an → Read More

Kan. farmers: The only thing harder than growing hemp? Selling it

This summer marks the third year that Kansans have grown hemp for industrial uses. → Read More

Kansas Farmers Find The Only Thing Harder Than Growing Hemp Is Selling It

PRATT, Kansas — This summer marks the third year that Kansans have grown hemp for industrial uses. Yet growing the less sexy cousin of the plant associated → Read More

The State Will Help Kansas School Districts Pay Winter Heat Bills That Were 10x Higher Than Normal

In a typical February, the small Wabaunsee school district just west of Topeka pays a natural gas utility bill of about $4,300. This year its bill was more → Read More

These Kansans See A Way To Fight Climate Change By Breeding Ecofriendly Crops

SALINA, Kansas — Ebony Murell and a few interns meticulously sort 99 kinds of silphium. It’s a wild relative to a sunflower. And the biologists at The Land → Read More