Renewable energy compromise approved by Kansas House

 Renewable energy compromise approved by Kansas House

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House has approved a compromise between the wind energy industry and critics of the state's green energy mandate.

The House voted 107-11 to pass the deal Thursday. It would remove a requirement that renewable resources account for 20 percent of utilities' capacity to generate electricity by 2020. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The mandate would become a nonbinding goal, but legislators would drop a proposal to impose a 4.33 percent tax on the electricity generated from renewable resources in return.

The agreement also would give all new green energy projects tax-free status for their first 10 years and require them to pay commercial property taxes thereafter. Renewable power plants are currently exempt from property taxes.

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