Kansas legislators approve deal to end renewable energy rule, forgo new green electricity tax



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TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas legislators have approved a bill to repeal a renewable energy requirement for the state's utilities as part of a deal with wind energy companies to avoid a new tax.

The House passed the measure Thursday on a 105-16 vote, and Senate approved it, 35-3.

It goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback. He advocated such a deal and is expected to sign the bill.

The bill repeals a 2009 law requiring wind or other renewable resources to account by 2020 for 20 percent of each private utility's capacity to generate electricity. The mandate would be replaced by a goal that utilities hit the mark next year.

Critics of the mandate agreed to drop a legislative proposal to impose a 4.33 percent tax on the electricity produced with renewable resources.

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