Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

House committeee endorses energy bill with authorization for coal plants

February 12, 2009


— A House committee endorsed a bill Thursday that ties two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas to proposals for promoting wind and other renewable energy sources.

Supporters used the same strategy last year in an effort to clear the way for the coal plants despite Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ opposition. Like three bills Sebelius vetoed last year, the latest measure would overturn the denial of an air-quality permit for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County.

The Energy and Utilities Committee’s 11-9 vote sent the bill to the House, where a debate is expected next week.

The bill also would limit the secretary of health and environment’s power to regulate greenhouse gases that many scientists link to global warming. When he denied Sunflower’s permit in October 2007, Secretary Rod Bremby cited their potential carbon dioxide emissions.

But the measure contains provisions to set tougher energy efficiency standards for state buildings, require some utilities to generate some of their power from wind farms and other renewable sources and encourage home and business owners to generate their own wind and solar power. The bill also promotes the construction of new transmission lines, partly to move electricity from wind farms.


yankeelady 8 years, 11 months ago

Bad, there are better ways to get the lines built. This is an attempt to get this project going before federal regulations back up the KDHE's position.

lounger 8 years, 11 months ago

Stupid, old , worn out move. Move Forward-not backward. I cannot believe the supposed "Lawmakers" of Kansas are openly opposed to the Majority of what Kansas want which is NO new Coal plants.

"We need the Jobs" B.S. is a ploy to get this Pocket liner through. We dont need the Pollution, the illness that Our children will have from this filth and the waste of hauling Coal in from Wyoming!! Think about this and write your supposed Kansas "Lawmaker" although as crooked as this lot is we should call them "Lawbreakers"!

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