Energy Bill, Coal Plants Go to Joint Committee

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House and Senate negotiators are planning to open talks over the final version of an energy bill.

Both chambers have approved versions allowing Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Both included provisions limiting the secretary of health and environment's authority to set new air-quality rules. Both have rejected proposals to impose the state's first limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

But the House bill contains several "green'' provisions not in the Senate's version. One provision would require utilities to generate 5 percent of their electricity by 2012 from renewable resources, such as wind.

The House and Senate will take up-or-down votes on whatever negotiators draft.

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