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Kansas Senate Bill Could Regulate Wind Energy To A Standstill

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Wind turbines in a harvested corn field stand out against a grey and cloudy sky.
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Forty-one percent of the energy in Kansas is generated via wind turbines, one of the highest percentages in the country.

Bill 279 is currently in front of the Senate Utilities Committee and has the support of committee chairman, Republican Senator Mike Thompson.

This would be the first bill of its kind in any state and could significantly stunt the growth of the $14 billion wind turbine industry in Kansas. This would be a reversal of support for an energy source that up to now had bipartisan backing.

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