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In May 2009, Kansas passed the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act for Investor Owned Utilities (IOU's) only. That means, customers of Westar, KCP&L, and Empire District can now take advantage of this 1 to 1 net metering. Prior to this, only Kansas City BPU had net metering, which was first enacted in August 2007 and later revised in Dec. 2009. Regulations for net metering were approved by the KCC in July 2010, with individual utility riders following. See below for more info. In 2014, both the House and Senate introduced bills to repeal net metering in the state. The main three IOU utilities (Westar, KCP&L, and Empire District) backed and encouraged this effort, despite only having a total of 102, 26, and 0 (zero) net-metered customer-generators, respectively, on their system (in 2013, 2013, and 2014 respectively). See annual compliance reports below.
Statute 66-1263 through 66-1271. Net metering and easy connection act - Net Metering Statute, Kansas
Net Metering Regulations - as approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission, July 9, 2010
KCP&L KS Net Metering Info, March 9, 2011
Westar Net Metering Rider, March 9, 2011
Empire District Net Metering Rider, Effective April 1, 2011
Rolling Hills Coop Net Metering / Parallel Generation, <200 kw systems
Supplemental Note on Senate Substitute to HB 2369 - the energy bill that included the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act, 2009
Testimony on HB 2713 by Bill Griffith - Kansas Sierra Club, Feb. 11, 2002
A REGULATOR’S GUIDEBOOK: Calculating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation - Interstate Renewable Energy Council, October 2013
Net Energy Metering, Zero Net Energy and The Distributed Energy Resource Future: Adapting For The 21st Century - Rocky Mountain Institute, March 2012
Freeing the Grid: Best and Worst Practices in State Net Metering Policies and Interconnection Procedures, Network for New Energy Choices, Nov. 2009 (Kansas given B for Net Metering and F for interconnection)
IREC Model Net-Metering Rules, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Nov. 2006
Freeing the Grid: How Effective State Net Metering Laws Can Revolutionize U.S. Energy Policy, Network for New Energy Choices, Report No. 01-06, Nov. 2006
Connecting to the Grid, (Net metering and interconnection standards by State) - Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Table of State and Utility Net-Metering Rules, Oct. 2006, (PDF, 107 KB) - Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Kansas House Bill 2713, 2002, (PDF, 66 KB)
News & Viewpoints
The Rise of Distributed Generation Threatens Utilities
Committee puts net metering bill on hold in surprise vote
Westar/KCP&L lobby for lower solar reimbursement
Fissures in G.O.P. as Some Conservatives Embrace Renewable Energy
Power play: Utilities want solar users to pay up
Editorial: McPherson BPU instates net metering option
Missouri relaxes net metering rule
Missouri residents won't need insurance for some home power
Net metering impact not great so far
Alternative energy will get boost from Neb. net metering law
Heineman signs net metering bill into law
New law may lower alternative energy costs
Net metering moves Arizona energy rules out of dark ages
Missourians wanting to power their own homes are finding it difficult
Three frequently asked questions about net metering (PDF, 278 KB),
Kansas legislators are cautious on a net-metering proposal (PDF, 485 KB),
Testimony on HB 2713 by Bill Griffith, Kansas Sierra Club, February 11, 2002)
A Feed-in Tariff is a renewable energy incentive that guarantee's a price for electricity. This type of Tariff is the primary incentive used for renewable energy in Germany and other European countries. Kansas does not have a feed-in tariff and to date hasn't seriously considered one. The States of Vermont and Rhode Island have each adopted Feed-in Tariffs (see below) and other states have considered it.
Rhode Island Distributed Generation Standard Contracts, National Grid, 2013.
Order Establishing a Standard-offer Program for Qualifying SPEED Resources, Sept. 30, 2009
Renewable Energy Standard (RES)
In May 2009, Kansas passed the Renewable Energy Standards Act, requiring major utilities (not municipal utilities or most Rural Electric Cooperatives) to have 10% of their energy capacity (measured by the average peak load for the 3 years prior to each step) from renewable sources by 2010, 15% by 2016, and 20% by 2020. This replaced a voluntary RES agreed upon in 2007 by utilities and the Governor's office to meet the same goals. To meet the legislated RES, the utilities can purchase Renewable Energy Credits or generate their own power. If they generate their own, then each MW will count as 1.1 MW toward this RPS. Also note that the RES is based on rated-capacity and not energy produced.
Statute 66-1256 through 66-1262. Renewable energy standards act - RES Statute, Kansas
White, S.W., K. Narita, C. Steger, The Renewable Portfolio Standard Works for Kansas: revealing the Distortion in the Kansas Beacon Hill report , NRDC Issue Brief, March 2013.
Narita, Kimiko, The Renewable Portfolio Standard: Boosting Kansas’s Economy, Natural Resource Council Fact Sheet, February 2013.
Kansas Legislative Research Department, Renewable Portfolio Standards and Wind Generated Electricity in Kansas, Kansas Legislator Briefing Book, 2013.
Glass, Bob and Lana Ellis, Testimony before the Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy Regarding Costs and Effects to Ratepayers of an RPS, Kansas Corporation Commission, Nov. 20, 2012.
Anderson, A.C., B. Gibson, S.W. White, and L. Hagedorn, Economic Benefits of Kansas Wind Energy, Polsinelli-Shughart PC and Kansas Energy Information Network, November 19, 2012.
Tuerck, D.G., P. Bachman, M. Head, The Economic Impact of the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard, Kansas Policy Institute, July 2012.
Retail Rate Impact Report, Kansas Corporation Commission, March 1, 2013.
Biennial Report on Electric Supply and Demand - Kansas Corporation Commission, Feb. 1, 2013
2011 Kansas Generation Planning Survey - Kansas Corporation Commission, Feb. 2012
Managing Compliance with the Kansas Renewable Energy Standards Act in NAR - North American Renewables Registry
Supplemental Note on Senate Substitute to HB 2369 - the energy bill that included the Renewable Energy Standards Act, 2009
Renewable Portfolio Standards/Renewable Fuels Standards: Issues, Implications, and Strategies, Richard Nelson, Engineering Extension Programs, K-State, Jan. 2006
Kansas House Bill 2479, 2007, (PDF, 25 KB)
News & Viewpoints
Douglas County allows wind energy company to apply for construction of two meteorological towers
Legislative battle over renewable energy continues
Survey shows support for renewable energy law
Wind coalition’s poll finds support for renewable energy mandate
Dorothy Barnett: Don’t roll back RES
Conservative legislators decry wind power mandate for utilities
Editorial: GOP Divided on RES
Francisco, others warn about attempts to change state’s renewable energy standard
Bill would let state’s utilities buy renewable-energy credits
Green-Energy Mandates Find Improbable Allies
States Defend Clean-Energy Mandates Targeted by Conservatives
Effort to push back renewable energy requirements fails in House committee
Editorial: GOP’s mistaken attacks on renewable energy
Editorial: Legislators wise not to turn back on raising renewable energy standard
Climate Science, like evolution before, a Kansas
Low emissions are no justification for Kansas scaling back renewables
Kansas's Renewable Portfolio Standard Is Under Attack
Rieber: Don’t roll back renewable-energy standards
Kansas considers pulling plug on renewable energy standards
SEIA Cuts Ties With Controversial Anti-RPS Legislative Group
Renewable energy laws in cross-hairs of conservative groups
ALEC will continue attacks on renewables quotas
& Heartland: Freedom Fighters?
Climate skeptic group works to reverse renewable energy mandates
Climate policy advances in the states, but slowly
Utilities favor mandate for renewable power
Legislators urged to require utilities to use more renewable energy sources
New Hampshire approves renewable energy plan
Editorial: Show Energy Leadership
Utility Green Pricing
Westar Renewable Energy Program, effective Sept. 27, 2012
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