The Senate Utilities Committee has scheduled hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6-7, on two bills important to Kansas clean energy advocates.
Supporters can come Tuesday to the Statehouse to testify or can submit written testimony on the bills: one would protect Kansans with solar power from new utility charges and the other would encourage energy efficiency through yearly goals for utilities.
Senate Bill 322 would nullify changes made in 2014 to the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act, which applies only to investor-owned utilities.
The bill returns reasonable size limits (25kw for residential customers and 200kw for commercial and industrial customers, plus schools, cities, and churches) and gives customers one-to-one credit for the generation they create and use annually.
SB 322 also keeps the 1% net meter cap to protect utilities and returns protection to customers from being charged additional fees just because they self-generate some of their electricity. This bill is good for growing solar and other distributed generation systems in Kansas.
Read more about the changes in SB 322 on the Climate + Energy Project website.
Senate Bill 347 would establish energy-efficiency goals for Kansas utilities, including annual reductions in electricity and natural gas use.
Kansas ranks 48th for energy efficiency, so the potential for effective policies that encourage energy efficiency is great.
The committee will hear testimony from supporters at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, in Room 548 South of the Kansas Statehouse. Opponents are scheduled to testify at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 7.
The Climate + Energy Project (CEP) is a Hutchinson-based non-partisan 501c(3) organization working to reduce emissions through greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. Located in America’s Heartland, CEP collaborates with diverse partners across the nation to find practical solutions for a clean energy future that provides jobs, prosperity and energy security.