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Kansas Considers Pulling Plug on Renewable Energy Standards

(The Topeka Capital-Journal)

State legislative attempts to weaken or repeal Kansas' renewable energy standard would be a setback to businesses eager to broaden wind power production or a victory to politicians uneasy with requirements that utilities develop greener portfolios.

A law adopted in 2009 as part of a compromise between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson breaking a regulatory deadlock over a state permit for a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas stipulated utilities must draw 10 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2011, 15 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.