Kansas Energy Council
The Kansas Energy Council was dissolved by Governor Sebelius on December 31, 2008, in Executive Order 08-13.

2007 Draft Recommendations

At its meeting on August 15, 2007, the Kansas Energy Council approved several draft policy recommendations for release to the public for review and comment. Following the public comment period, the Council will meet in November and December to finalize its policy recommendations for inclusion in the 2008 Kansas Energy Plan.

Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Draft Recommendations Requiring Legislative Action:

  1. Expand weatherization assistance to low-income households
    To help low-income Kansans reduce their energy bills and improve the efficiency of some of the least efficient residential housing stock, the State of Kansas should provide $2 million in annual funding to expand services provided through the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
  2. Provide funding for energy conservation education in the public schools (K-12).
    Because educating school children is an essential component of a statewide educational campaign to promote energy conservation, the State should provide $30,000 to by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) to establish a K-12 energy conservation education program.
  3. Amend existing laws relating to energy efficiency standards for commercial and industrial structures
    To ensure that the State standard for new construction in the commercial and industrial sectors has more than symbolic value, K.S.A. 66-1227 needs to be amended to clarify where the standard applies and allow for enforcement.

Draft Recommendations Requiring Administrative Action:

  1. Adopt energy efficiency standards for all new publicly funded structures
    To set an example for local government statewide, the Kansas Department of Administration should adopt minimum energy efficiency standards for all new State construction. Although many activities are underway throughout State government to improve efficiency and reduce consumption in existing public buildings, the State needs to adopt standards to ensure that all new public structures incorporate cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation measures.
  2. Expand existing low-interest revolving loan program to facilitate adoption of energy conservation improvements by all Kansans.
    To improve the energy efficiency of the State’s residential structures and increase energy conservation statewide, the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) should redesign the current low-interest energy efficiency loan program (KEEP) and broaden the income eligibility requirements.
  3. Develop program to promote voluntary adoption of residential energy efficiency codes by local units of government.
    Following up on the recommendation in the Kansas Energy Plan 2007, the Kansas Energy Office (KEO) should work with an advisory group to develop an effective program to promote adoption of residential energy efficiency codes at the local level. The advisory group will include homebuilders and representatives of local government, especially city managers and local building code officials.

Click here for full text of the KEC draft energy conservation and efficiency recommendations.

Biofuels

Draft Recommendations Requiring Administrative Action:

  1. Encourage State agencies currently administering biofuel incentives to coordinate an internal program review of existing biofuel incentives and report to Legislative Committees on both the effectiveness and potential problems, inefficiencies.
    Since 2001, the Kansas Legislature has passed various incentives to promote the state’s production and use of biofuels. As each tax credit, incentive, or other policy became law, State agencies—specifically, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), the Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce), and the Kansas Department of Revenue (Revenue)—were tasked with establishing rules and regulations and then implementing these various programs. Because most of these incentive programs were enacted in the past two years, information is lacking to determine whether they are achieving their intended purposes. As a first step in better understanding how well these incentives are achieving their intended purposes, the KCC, Commerce, and Revenue should conduct reviews of those incentive and credit programs they administer. The findings over the course of the review period would then be reported to the Kansas Legislature, along with any program design problems or inefficiencies as seen on the administrative level.

Click here for full text of the KEC draft biofuels recommendations.

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