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Expanded electric discounts considered for new development

A bill moving through the Legislature would expand efforts to discount high electric rates for companies moving to Kansas. A bill set for a hearing...

Schools, hospitals face backbilling for electric charges

By Suzanne King Sunflower State Journal Public school districts and hospitals are among the organizations that can expect to see extra electricity charges if a proposal...

UPDATED: Finney County Commissioner announces congressional bid

Finney County Commissioner William Clifford announced his candidacy for Congress in the Kansas 1st District late Thursday morning. Clifford joins a field that already includes former...

Battle unfolds over proposed power plant purchase

Big industry is teaming up with consumer advocates to block Westar from purchasing a share of a coal-fired power plant in northeast Kansas. A coalition...

Three firms bid on Kansas utility rate study

When legislative leadership meets next week, it will choose among three bidders for a study that will examine the state's rising utility rates. Statehouse sources...

Kansas emerges as No. 1 for wind-energy production

Kansas has surpassed Iowa as the country's leader in the percentage of electricity generated by wind power, a new report shows. The report by the...

Legislature sends $1 million electric rate study to governor

A $1 million study of Kansas electric rates is headed to the governor after winning approval in the Legislature. The House and Senate on Tuesday...

Lawmakers warned about price of $1 million utility study

A proposed $1 million study of Kansas electric rates is starting to worry some lawmakers because the estimated cost is believed to be low and...

House committee rejects turbine regulations

After a nearly week-long debate, a House committee on Friday rejected a bill putting new regulations on wind turbines, legislation critics said could shut...

Bill regulating wind turbines criticized as ‘poorly’ written, a blueprint for killing development

The wind industry teamed with civic leaders, municipal officials, environmentalists and property owners on Thursday, unleashing a torrent of criticism against a bill limiting...