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RELEASE: Kansas Senate Approves RPS Repeal

March 25, 2014

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity applauds the members of the Kansas Senate who voted to repeal Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the Sunflower State.

“For weeks, thousands of Kansans have made phone calls, sent email messages, and reached out to their elected officials asking them to repeal these government mandates,” said AFP-Kansas State Director Jeff Glendening. “Kansas isn’t the only state feeling the negative effects of the RPS on our energy bills, but we’re proud to lead the charge against another cumbersome government mandate.”

The RPS was crafted under former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as voluntary guidelines for energy companies. Those restrictions were then signed by then Gov. Mark Parkinson in 2009, dictating that 10 percent of Kansas’ energy was to be derived from renewable sources by 2010. Additional regulations stipulate that the rates increase to 15 percent in 2015 and 20 percent in 2020.

“Mandates like the RPS disable the competition that ultimately leads to lower costs,” Glendening said. “It’s simply more of government picking winners and losers in the marketplace, and we would argue that is simply not an appropriate role for government.

“We look forward to following this important legislation to repeal the RPS as it makes its way through the legislative process, and we thank the members of the Kansas Senate who chose to vote in favor of Kansas electricity ratepayers.”

With final passage in the Senate, the bill now goes to the House for approval.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.  For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org.

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