Renewable Energy Attacks Continue
For the past three years, the Kansas Legislature has put forward bills that would negatively impact renewable energy.
year, CEP and our partners for clean energy have fought long and hard
to maintain the Renewable Portfolio Standards and other clean energy
have spoken out, rallied at the Capitol, written letters to the editor,
attended hearings, made phone calls, and taken to social media with a
Support Renewable Energy!
Despite repeated attacks, we have seen consistent renewable energy wins.
though opponents of renewable energy have more funds, clean energy
advocates have what matters: Kansans who support renewable energy.
We may not have the money that out-of-state lobbying groups have, but we have the voices - Yours, Mine, and Ours!
Be one of those Kansans who speaks out in favor of renewables.
Take time TODAY to tell your legislator not to repeal the RPS. You can send an email directly to them from www.kansans4cleanenergy.org.
What's happening in the legislature
Efforts to repeal the highly-successful Renewable Portfolio Standards.
on bills to end the Renewable Portfolio Standards (HB 2373 and SB 253)
continued into multiple day hearings. HB 2373 will likely be worked in
the House Energy & Environment committee this week. SB 253 will also
likely be worked this week in Senate Utilities committee. If both bills
pass committee, then they'll go to the House and Senate floor in the
future so be debated and voted on.
have turned out in droves to support the RPS. While the hearings have
given a disproportionate amount of time to big money opponents of
renewables, Clean Energy Advocates stood their ground.
Kansas voters had to make the trip to Topeka THREE TIMES to be heard by
their elected officials. Tell your representatives that renewable
energy is the future for Kansas. They were elected to represent KANSANS.
Make your voice heard!
you to all the supporters and testifiers that filled the room in
support of renewable energy! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to see if
any further activity takes place this week.
HB 2373 (RPS) Final action, possibly this week, 9 am
SB 253 (RPS) Final action, possibly this week, 1:30 pm
Other renewable policy:
addition to RPS repeal, opponents of clean energy are also supporting
bills to repeal property tax exemptions for renewable energy, add an
unfair tax to renewable generation, and add sales tax to everyone's
HB 2396 (property tax) hearing in House Taxation, Thursday, 3:30pm
bill proposes a ten-year limit on property tax exemption for renewable
resources. We oppose this bill because it would impact the contracts
already made between counties and wind farms under construction or with
Power Purchase Agreements. We want those counties that have competed to
host wind farms in their communities to benefit from donation agreements
and PILOT payments.
HB 2401 (excise tax) hearing in House Taxation, Wednesday, 3:30pm
bill imposes an excise tax on ethanol production and electricity
generated by renewable resources. We also oppose this bill because it is
singling out renewable energy generation and driving up the cost by
SB 261 (sales tax on electricity) hearing in Senate Assessment & Taxation, Thursday, 9:30am
bill imposes sales tax on sales of gas, electricity, heat, and other
fuel sources for production of heat and lighting for residential
premises and agricultural use, and will have. If you are reading this
email, you are probably paying for electricity and thus would be subject
to paying sales tax on your electricity bill if SB 261 passes. Again,
this is driving up the cost of electricity by placing a sales tax on it.
|Water + Energy Progress Awards
Governor Brownback congratulated the 2015 Water + Energy Progress Award Winners at the Capitol on March 11th.
|Water + Energy Progress Award Winners with Governor Brownback at the Awards Ceremony. Photo Credit: Tim Christian.
producers were recognized as models of innovation for their water and
energy saving practices, which included using cover crops, no-till,
managed rotational grazing systems, solar pumping stations, subsurface
drip irrigation, irrigation scheduling, wind turbines, local foods
production, milk condensing systems, on-farm research, and
Addressing the award winners, Brownback stated:
got to be able to produce more using less water, less energy, less
inputs. We've got to conserve water, and you guys are on the front line
USDA Director of Rural Development, Patty Clark, said,
face tremendous challenges with water issues in the state of Kansas.
These producers practice stewardship of water, soil, and energy on a
daily basis. They are the leaders of the pack of innovation.
Water + Energy Progress Award Winners include: John Bradley, Douglas
County, Mark Eitel, Dighton, Michael Herrmann, Kinsley, Jane Koger,
Chase County, Living Acres Network, Gove County, McCarty Dairy,
Rexford, Karen and John Pendleton, Lawrence, Shannon Creek Cattle &
Quarter Horses, Olsburg, Bill Sproul, Sedan, Lucinda Stuenkel, Palmer,
and Darin & Nancy Williams, Waverly.
WEP Update: More Great Videos!
|Benefits of Solar and Wind Power
Leading the way in Dryland No-till
Looking for a better way to control run-off and
conserve soil moisture on 7000 acres near Kinsley, Michael Herrmann and
his father, Quentin, developed a dryland, no-till approach.
By converting to no-till, he not only achieved
his goals of saving water and reducing runoff, but he also noticed
other benefits, including saving time and energy. A model for dryland
no-till, Michael's operation also illustrates effective integration of
renewable energy. He uses eight windmills to pump
water on his farm, in addition to solar panels for water pumping and fencing.
Michael Herrmann has integrated dryland
farming and no-till in order to affordably achieve save water, reduce
erosion, and save tremendous amounts of energy. Herrmann says,
is going to be the biggest issue we have in western Kansas. In order to
keep farming, in this part of Kansas, the only feasible way to do it is
through no-till, and to conserve all the water you can.
Living Acres Network
month's Water + Energy Progress feature highlights The Living Acres
Network (LAN). This group of farmers in western Kansas are working
together to improve soil health and implement water conservation
practices by planting cover crops and transitioning to no-till.
There will be even more fantastic videos posted on WaterAndEnergyProgress.org! All videos are available for viewing and public use on the CEP Vimeo Channel. Learn something new . . today!
Kansas Farmer's Union
March 24, Kansas State Capitol, Topeka KS
The day will start at
9:00 AM in the Capitol
Vistors Center auditorium with a briefing/press conference, followed by
coffee and rolls on the first floor, south of the rotunda.
CEP will join other groups with informational booths in the rotunda.
Wednesday, March 25, 5-7 pm
Merchants Pub & Plate (746 Massachusetts St), Lawrence, KS
and go as you like and take the opportunity to meet others who are
working, studying, and interested in the environmental field.
Green Drinks is a global network for people who work, study, volunteer, and are interested in the environmental field. Lawrence, KS Green Drinks is organized by the Kansas Women's Environmental Network and will meet once every month on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Gatherings are always agenda free and in Lawrence, KS.
2015 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards Celebration
Friday, April 10, 6:30-10:00 pm
Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, KS
year, educators from across Kansas demonstrate leadership and
excellence in providing quality, hands-on, science-based conservation
and environmental education that teaches our children about the
richness, diversity and importance of our Kansas natural resources. Please
join the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental
Education (KACEE) in recognizing those who make a difference for Kansas
and our children.
CEP Program Director, Rachel Myslivy, will receive the Community/Nonprofit Award.
Kansas Women's Environmental Network Second Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Kansas Women's Environmental Network connects, inspires and empowers environmentally minded women. For more information about this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Adaptation Forum
Action today for a better tomorrow
May 12-14, 2015 - St. Louis, Missouri
National Adaptation Forum is a biennial gathering created by a group of
professionals from the private and public sectors concerned about the
need to respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. The
Forum represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the
Nation's communities, resources and economy in the face of a changing
Program Director, Rachel Myslivy, will present two sessions: one about
Water + Energy Progress and another discussing faith-based activism at
the 2015 National Adaptation Forum.
|In The Blog
Be a part of the solution.
As with every legislative
session, people across the political spectrum are grumbling that things
aren't going the right way. I have a personal motto,"for every criticism you make, offer one solution."
Coming together for the cause.
100 people participated. CEP and our partners were able to educate
people on important bills in the legislature this session. . . together
we can make good policies happen.
Clean Energy Future for Kansas?
Two bills, introduced in the Kansas Legislature in response to America's Clean Power Plan
have the potential to add a layer of unnecessary government interference into what should be a utility driven process.
|CEP in the News
- KACEE Announces Environmental Education Awards - CEP Program Director, Rachel Myslivy, receives community/nonprofit award
About Climate + Energy Project
Practical solutions for a clean energy future.
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greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. Located in
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nation to find practical solutions for a clean energy future that
provides jobs, prosperity and energy security.
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