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Lawmakers Preserve Kansas's Renewable Energy Standards

Kansas lawmakers have preserved a requirement that utilities rely on wind and other renewable resources to generate some of their electricity.

The conservative groups that lobbied for its repeal are promising to return to the Statehouse next year to renew their campaign.

They’re protesting a law that mandates utilities generate at least 20 percent of their peak energy needs by the year 2020.

Critics of the mandate could get a bill repealing it through the Senate this year but not the House.

They were pursuing a new proposal Friday as lawmakers wrapped up their business for the year.

But the House voted 63-60 to block debates in either chamber.