Kansas House blocks repeal of green energy rule

(KSNT Photo/Bob Thibault)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House is blocking debate on a new proposal for ending a mandate that utilities rely on wind and other renewable resources to generate some of their electricity.

House members Friday voted 63-60 against allowing both chambers to consider the measure drafted by House and Senate negotiators.

Supporters said they might try again.

The measure would repeal a requirement for utilities to have renewable resources cover 20 percent of their peak generating capacities by 2020.

Renewable resources still would have to cover 15 percent of utilities’ generating capacities, but that requirement would disappear in 2020.

Environmentalists are fighting the proposal. It has the backing of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, who contend that the mandate raises electric rates.



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