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Legislative Updates and Kansas Water, Energy, Land, and Food Forum!

4 years ago | Feb 16, 2016
By: Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director

It’s been a relatively quiet month for energy legislation, but things are starting to heat up.  This week’s blog provides an up-to-date summary of the legislative activities impacting energy issues in Kansas.  Don’t get too discouraged, though, CEP and partners are working on a major advocacy effort to help YOU connect with the legislative process.  Join us for the first Kansas Water, Energy, Land, and Food Forum at the Capitol on March 17th!  Read on for more info or READ ONLINE for all the details!


SB 318: Disbanding KETA, halting Clean Power Plan activities

On January 28th, CEP submitted written testimony against SB 318, a bill introduced by American’s for Prosperity to disband the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority (KETA). AFP’s bill would dissolve a group that was key in building transmission for renewable energy.  To make matters worse, KETA’s remaining funds would be taken away from the Public Service Regulation Fund and used to fill budget gaps in the State General Fund instead.  


The bill passed out of committee and moved to the Senate Floor for debate.  Senator Olson added an amendment to the bill that would suspend all state agency activities on the Clean Power Plan in light of the Supreme Court stay.


The bill with the amendments passed the Senate 37 to 2. Thank you Senator Francisco and Senator Pettey for voting no.  


SB 318 will have a hearing on Wednesday morning 2/17 at 9:00 a.m. in House Energy & Environment – 582 N. CEP will present opposition testimony to the bill.


HB 2649: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

On a positive note – CEP is working with the Sierra Club and others to support HB 2649, a bill that would create a financing mechanism to fund clean energy improvements, energy efficiency, or renewable energy on commercial projects through property tax assessments.  Learn more about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) here.  There will be a hearing at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, 2/18 in Insurance and Financial Institution – 218 N.


HB 2594: Market-driven Policy for Renewable Energy Purchasing

HB 2594 will allow access to renewable energy at a competitive price and scale for companies wishing to meet their sustainability goals. Access to financing and direct purchases of renewable energy through third party providers will open up the market for more renewable energy. Representative Tom Sloan sponsors the bill. There is a hearing on Thursday, 2/18 at 9:00 a.m. in House Utilities and Telecommunications – 582 N.


CEP works to keep Kansans informed on legislative activities that impact energy in Kansas.  Even better, we are planning an advocacy day to help you get involved in the process.  


Join us and Kansans from all over the state for the first Kansas Water, Energy, Land, and Food Forum on March 17th at the Kansas Statehouse.  


Let’s show our state leaders we care about Kansas Water, Energy, Land, and Food!

  • Get up-to-date on current environmental advocacy

  • Join the Climate Prayer Vigil

  • Visit the Solutions Showcase to learn about businesses and organizations working for Kansas Water, Energy, Land, and Food!

  • Enjoy a Local Foods Lunch (RSVP required)

  • Sample New Ideas at the Cookies and Conservation Conversation

  • Meet with your legislators

 

RSVP today!

 

We are looking for sponsors and partners for this event.  Would your business or organization like to staff a booth or co-sponsor the Local Foods Lunch or Cookies and Conservation Conversation?  Let us know!  



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