Kansas considers pulling plug on renewable energy standards
Original story at CJOnline.com• 1 mentions • 1 year ago
CJOnline.com 1 year ago
State legislative attempts to weaken or repeal Kansas' renewable energy standard would be a setback to businesses eager to broaden wind power production or a victory to politicians uneasy with requirements that utilities develop greener portfolios.A law adopted in 2009 as part of a compromise between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson breaking a regulatory deadlock over a state permit for a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas stipulated utilities must draw 10 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2011, 15 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.Utility companies are progressing toward those objectives primarily by adding wind, but multiple lawsuits stalled the 895-megawatt Holcomb coal plant and triggered a court-ordered environmental review.Rep. Dennis Hedke, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy, said lack of progress on the coal plant prompted lawmakers to consider dumping the RPS or delaying targets two or four years. Some House and Senate members want to extract the state from meddling in oil, gas, nuclear, wind and solar businesses, he said."We want to do everything we can to allow market forces to dictate any infrastructure build out. We don't want to mandate. We are an all-of-the-above state," said Hedke, a geophysicist consultant for the oil and gas industry.