Energy
9:41 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Senate Committee Votes To Repeal Kansas' Renewable Energy Standards

The Senate Utilities Committee has voted to repeal the state's renewable energy standards.

The bill would repeal the 2009 Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS.

It required major utility companies to have the capacity to generate 10 percent of their energy through a renewable source by 2011.

It also called for the companies to generate 15 percent of their energy through a renewable source by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

Renewable energy advocates say repealing the standards would hurt Kansas' ability to recruit industries.

Republican Senator Rob Olson of Olathe says the standards are to blame for increased electric costs.

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