Posted on May 22, 2009
By Beth Martino
The Kansas Register

Governor Mark Parkinson Signs Landmark Energy Legislation

Kansas to finally have net metering and a codified Renewable Energy Standard

Governor Mark Parkinson has signed legislation that codifies the state’s Renewable Energy Standard and allows Kansans to generate their own power through net metering.

"Prior to this year, Kansas was falling behind many other states in the production of cleaner energy. More than two-thirds of the country had a Renewable Energy Standard, and Kansas was one of only six states not to allow net metering. With this legislation, we are no longer at the back of the line," Parkinson said. "The nation's energy challenge provides the opportunities for a 'made in America' energy program, and Kansas is ready to be a leader in that effort. We look forward to the new jobs, more wind power and the stronger economy that will be a result of this legislation."

Senate Sub. for HB 2369 enacts the Renewable Energy Standards Act, which codifies the goal of major Kansas utilities generating 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2011, 15 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020. This legislation also enacts the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act, which enables customers to use their own generation and sell back the extra electricity they produce to their utility. Additionally, this legislation enacts new law regarding fuel efficiency for state-owned motor vehicles and energy efficiency of state-owned and leased space and equipment. This legislation goes into effect after its publication in the Kansas Register.

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