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New Year, new solutions for clean energy in Kansas

4 years ago | Jan 11, 2016
By: Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director

Happy New Year! At the end of 2015, we spent some time reviewing our successes. With your support we continue to be recognized as an important energy and climate policy leader in Kansas.

Our work in 2016 will continue to focus on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and how Kansas can meet our obligation to cut carbon pollution at power plants, while maximizing opportunities to reduce customer demand with energy efficiency and conservation programs. CEP has filed our request to intervene in the CPP investigative docket. The first Kansas Corporation Commission workshop on the Clean Power Plan will be held on January 12th. We’ll keep you posted on ways to stay informed and engaged in this important topic.

We plan to lead a statewide dialogue about the role distributed rooftop, commercial and industrial solar power should play in Kansas. What are the barriers to tapping in to this underutilized resource? What is the economic benefit potential? This conversation will get started with a "Power Forward Kansas” conference early this spring.

We are looking forward to rolling out a new program in 2016; a new Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) will provide an array of programs and events to highlight cutting edge clean energy technologies and provide a forum to discuss management and regulatory developments at the state, regional and federal level. CEBC will create networking opportunities for members, who manufacture equipment, purchase clean energy and provide services in renewable energy and sustainability across the state and region.

Federal extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will provide some longer-term stability for the wind and solar markets in Kansas, which will help spur additional growth of the renewable energy industry. By the end of next year, Kansas looks to have more than 4,500 MW of commercial wind energy installed, including 1,700 MW by Westar Energy.

We continue to explore funding opportunities for our successful Water + Energy Progress project and will be working with clean energy partners across Kansas to monitor and support clean energy at the Kansas Legislature.  Watch for more information about the 2016 Clean Energy Day at the Capitol.

Thank you for your continued support. If you value our work, please consider a tax-deductible donation online.  


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