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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Kansas lawmakers reject lessening green energy rules

Published: Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 9:53 AM ET

By: JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- 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.

The Senate voted 23-17 on Thursday to reject a bill postponing the renewable energy requirement for four years, until 2024. The action, which killed the measure, came hours after the House voted 63-59 sending its own legislation lowering the standards back to committee.

The votes in both chambers make it unlikely Kansas will change its standards this year. Critics argued the rules will raise consumers' costs as utilities move away from cheaper fuel for their generators, particularly coal.

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