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Some Lawmakers To Fight Wind Incentives

Associated Press - December 13, 2013 9:00 am

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the wind farms each year, according to an estimate in a scientific journal in March.

Some conservative leaders in the Kansas Legislature say they will try again during the next session to stop the state from requiring utilities to buy more wind power.

Supporters of wind power say that action would hurt an industry that has potential for big growth in Kansas.

A 2009 law requires the state’s major utilities to get 15 percent of their power from wind or other renewable sources by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

An opponent of the law Rep. Dennis Hedke, a Republican from Wichita, says he wants all energy sources to be on the same level and to ensure the lowest cost for ratepayers.

Kansas wind energy capacity has grown from about 1,000 megawatts in 2009 to 2,700 megawatts this year.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

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