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New push to lessen Kan. green energy rules stalls

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)—A new effort to roll back green energy rules for utilities in Kansas has stalled in the state Legislature.

The House Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday tabled a bill to back off a requirement for utilities to have wind and other renewable resources account for 20 percent of their capacity for generating electricity by 2020.

Chairman and Wichita Republican Dennis Hedke said the panel’s 10-9 vote likely ends this year’s debate on the renewable energy standard.

The House bill set the standard at 15 percent.

The bill cleared Hedke’s committee last month, but the House sent it back.

Hedke believes the standard increases electricity costs and hoped to revive it. Environmentalists, wind companies and farmers said the standard benefits the state and lobbied against the bill.

Date: 4/1/2013



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