Lawmakers consider halt to renewable energy mandates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas farmers and renewable energy groups are pushing back against a proposal to halt renewable energy mandates on utility companies.

The House Energy and Environment Committee held a hearing on the bill Wednesday. Current law requires that 10 percent of electricity provided by utilities companies come from renewable energy sources. That mandate is set to rise to 15 percent in 2016 and 20 percent in 2020, but the bill would eliminate those future requirements.

The Kansas Farm Bureau and renewable energy groups said they oppose the proposal because it would remove an incentive for companies to invest further in renewable sources.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and conservative think tanks testified that they support the measure because they do not believe the government should set such mandates on businesses.

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