Issue Background – The RPS was proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson in 2009 as part of a comprehensive energy bill that was intended to allow Sunflower Electric to expand their coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kan., that was being delayed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The RPS stipulated that by 2010, 10 percent of Kansas electricity be generated by renewable sources, by 2015, 15 percent and by 2020, 20 percent. Unfortunately ground has still not been broken on the expanded power plant yet due to lawsuits and the EPA, Kansans are stuck with higher energy bills in part because of the RPS.
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Like most Kansans, you’ve seen your electricity bills keep rising. Ever wondered why? Before Kathleen Sebelius went to Washington to overtake our health care system with Obamacare, she proposed a mandate called the “Renewable Portfolio Standard” – or RPS – that dictates where we get our energy. Rather than rely on proven, cost-efficient resources, the RPS requires us to shift to more green energy, like wind power and solar. While that may sound good, the truth is it increases costs, for consumers and businesses alike. It’s no coincidence that some Kansans have experienced 15 electricity rate hikes since the RPS passed. And higher costs for businesses means fewer jobs for workers.
It’s now up to Governor Brownback and the Kansas Legislature to repeal the RPS mandate. Like Obamacare, it’s another government mandate we can’t afford.
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Fact 1 – As Governor, Kathleen Sebelius proposed the Renewable Portfolio Standards in place today in Kansas.
Fact 2 – Since passage of the RPS some Kansans have experienced as many as 15 electricity rate increases. The Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board lists 15 Westar Energy rate increases between 2010 and 2013.