Science Director To Testify On Renewable Energy

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Heartland Institute Tuesday said Jay Lehr, Ph.D., science director of the Chicago-based institute, will testify before the Kansas House Energy and Utilities Committee on renewable energy. Michael Groggin, transmission director of the American Wind Energy Association was slated to follow Dr. Lehr.

House Bill 2446 will be discussed at the hearing. The bill would make any increases in the state's renewable energy mandate conditional on the commencement of construction of the Sunflower coal power plant expansion by January 1, 2016.

Approval for the Sunflower expansion was passed in 2009 as part of House Bill 2639, which also created the state's renewable energy mandate.

The hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. in room 785 of the Docking State Office Building.

The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit organization. Its mission is to discover, develop and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

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