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Sedgwick County commissioners have added renewable energy to the list of issues they will take to the Kansas Legislature in 2013. Commissioners have voted unanimously to urge the repeal of a 2009 law that requires 10 percent of energy generation to come from renewable sources, such as wind energy. That percentage would go up to 15 percent in 2015 and 20 percent in 2020.
Commissioner Richard Ranzau said he has heard from county residents who are worried that their electric bills will go up because of the requirement. He said he's not against wind energy, but he wants to see the market determine how much of the state's energy will come from renewable sources.
Commission chairman Tim Norton said the goal of the legislation was to promote the development of wind energy, but it has had some unintended consequences. Commissioner Jim Skelton said he favors long-term development of alternative energy, but the state may be trying to do too much, too fast on that issue.