Kansas Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kansas Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Kansas Statutes Annotated (KS Stat. Ann.) 66-1256 to 66-1262 and Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR) 82-16

Hydraulic fracturing: KS Stat. Ann. 55-152

Disclosure: KAR 82-3-130 and KAR 82-3-1400 to 82-3-1402

Regulatory Agency

Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government’s involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Kansas has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.

The process of hydraulic fracturing is permitted in the state and subject to state oil and gas regulations with additional requirements for chemical disclosure. See the national section ENERGY for more information on hydraulic fracturing.

Administration and enforcement. The KCC is responsible for the implementation of the state's renewable energy portfolio standard and enforces the states regulations for the oil and gas exploration industry, including hydraulic fracturing.

State Requirements

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

KS Stat. Ann. 66-1256 to 66-1262 and KAR 82-16

The KCC has established regulations requiring public utilities to generate or purchase the following amounts of electricity from renewable energy resources or to purchase renewable energy credits:

  • 2011 through 2015: not less than 10 percent of the utilities' peak demand, based on the average demand of the 3 years before each year;
  • 2016 through 2019: not less than 15 percent of the ...

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