State moves toward repealing renewable energy rule

Wind Turbines (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Wind Turbines (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a bill repealing the state’s renewable energy standards for electric utilities.

The vote Tuesday night was 25-15 and sent the measure to the House.

The bill was pushed by conservative, small-government groups and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Environmentalists and wind energy companies strongly object to the measure.

The bill would rescind a 2009 state law requiring utilities to have wind and other renewable sources account 20 percent of their peak electricity generating capacity by 2020.

Supporters of the bill contend the mandate has raised electric rates and argue that market forces ought to determine how much utilities rely on renewable resources.

But opponents of the bill said the mandate hasn’t boosted rates and Kansas now has a vibrant wind industry.

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