Kansas Governor Faces Decision
April 25, 2008 12:57 PM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): State Policy/Programs
, Renewable Energy
The Kansas legislature is offering Kansas Governor Sebelius (D) a proposal that could put an end to the battle that has been waging since October. The new proposal is for two 600 MW plants rather than two 700 MW plants and offers promises for renewable energy and future emissions cuts. Going from 700 MW plants to 600 MW plants would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent. Legislative leaders are hopeful that the Governor will accept the new proposal while the legislature is on recess over the next week; if she does not accept the proposal there will be a showdown when the legislature returns. The Kansas Senate has enough votes to override the Governor's veto of a bill last week and the House is only one vote away from the override—and it appears they will be able to generate at least that one vote when the session resumes. So the question is: Will Gov. Sebelius give in to what the state appears to want or will she stick to her own agenda and do everything possible to fight against the coal-fired power plants?