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Kansas Lawmakers Mull Repeal of Green Energy Rule

Associated Press - May 2, 2014 1:17 pm

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Opponents of a renewable energy requirement for Kansas utilities have drafted a new proposal for ending it, and lawmakers are preparing to debate it.

The House is expected to take a procedural vote Friday to determine whether both chambers could move ahead. It would repeal a requirement that utilities must have wind or other renewable resources account for 20 percent of their peak capacity for generating electricity by 2020.

House and Senate negotiators on energy issues drafted the measure.

It would freeze the renewable energy requirement at 15 percent. That is the level currently set by state law for 2016.

The lower requirement would be repealed in 2020.

Environmentalists are fighting the proposal. It has the backing of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

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