The Kansas Senate has voted 25-15 to repeal the state's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), which require 20 percent of Kansas power generation to be from renewable sources by 2020.
The requirements were passed in 2009 and have been credited with helping promote wind power development. The vote came after more than an hour of debate.
Opponents of the standards say they pick winners and losers, and wind power growth has outpaced the renewable requirements. They argue that the standards have led to rate increases with more in the future.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources?
Kansas Citians who replace major appliances with certain energy saving models later this month stand to get a double savings benefit. Once again, federal economic stimulus dollars come into play.
The Kansas City Council gets its facts from the city's Chief Environmental Officer, Dennis Murphy. First, between April 19th through 25th, there will be no Missouri sales tax on certain energy star rated appliances. Kansas City had to choose to opt in to the program.