Sebelius Proposes State Energy Policy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is proposing a comprehensive energy policy she says will help boost the use of renewable energy in Kansas.

Sebelius told reporters Friday her legislative proposal won't include any plans for a coal-fired energy plant in western Kansas. She said the state should wait to see what rules and regulations the new Congress and the Obama administration will impose on coal plants.

Her proposal allows Kansans to generate their own electricity through net metering, which enables customers to use their own generation and effectively sell back the extra electricity they produce.

It also would provide tax breaks for companies building wind energy-related components and make mandatory and voluntary programs to have 20 percent of the state's energy coming from renewable resources by 2020.

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