Lawmakers Reject Lessening Green Energy Rules

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators aren't ready to back off a state policy requiring utilities to generate 20 percent of their electricity from wind and other renewable resources by 2020.

On a 23-17 vote Thursday, the Senate rejected a bill to postpone the deadline for meeting the requirement for four years, until 2024.

Meanwhile, the House sent its own measure back to committee on a 63-59 vote. Its bill would have reset the requirement at 15 percent.

Supporters of both measures argued the renewable energy standard would raise costs for consumers.

Critics of the bills said the standard created a fertile environment for developing wind farms.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback didn't weigh in specifically on changing the standards, but his spokeswoman said he's committed to developing wind energy.

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