Brownback supports phasing out Kansas energy rule

(KSNT Photo/Bob Thibault)
(KSNT Photo/Bob Thibault)

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback says he supports phasing out a renewable energy requirement for Kansas utilities over four years and is urging critics of the rule and wind-energy advocates to work on a compromise.

Brownback said Wednesday that he’s backing a four-year phase-out of the requirement. It’s part of a 2009 law.

The law requires utilities to have wind and other renewable sources account for 15 percent of their peak electricity-generating capacity by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

The mandate has been targeted by the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce. But wind-energy advocates have successfully blocked efforts to repeal the rule.

Brownback had an impromptu news conference with reporters, saying the debate’s big players should have talks toward striking a deal.

 

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