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Green energy rule for Kansas utilities survives

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2014 at 3:03 am •  Published: May 3, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have preserved a requirement that utilities rely on wind and other renewable resources to generate some of their electricity.

That's despite months of lobbying by conservative groups for its repeal.

The groups are promising to return to the Statehouse next year to renew their campaign against a law mandating that utilities have renewable resources cover 20 percent of their peak generating capacities by 2020.

Lawmakers on both sides of the issue expect another debate.

Critics of the green-energy mandate could get a bill repealing it through the Senate this year but not the House.

They were pursuing a new proposal Friday as lawmakers were wrapping up their business for the year. But the House voted 63-60 to block debates in either chamber.

Legislators adjourned early Saturday.