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After past poison pill bills, Kansas Senate considers wind energy compromise

BY: - January 26, 2023

After a bevy of legislation seemingly meant to bring wind energy development to a halt, Kansas senators are considering a bill that could appease rural neighbors annoyed by turbines.  For years, the plains of Kansas has been among the largest sources of wind energy in the United States. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have lauded […]

Evergy blames renewable plans, inflation for $1 billion rise in infrastructure plans

BY: - January 10, 2023

Kansas’ largest electric utility says inflation and plans to add more renewable energy are to blame for the ever-rising estimated cost of its infrastructure investments. Evergy’s plan, which outlines investments in the grid and energy production, is more than $1 billion higher than the one it filed in 2021, which was $1 billion higher than […]

Water debate will return to Kansas Legislature amid staggering drought

BY: - December 26, 2022

Legislators are almost certain to place the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer among their top priorities as the drought bearing down on Western Kansas hits the already depleted water supply. Every inch of Kansas is either abnormally dry or in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with most of the western half of […]

Oil covers parts of Bill Pannbacker's pasture following a rupture on the Keystone oil pipeline.

Drone no-fly zone issued over Keystone oil spill site in Kansas

BY: - December 20, 2022

TC Energy has established a no-fly zone over the Kansas site where its Keystone pipeline spilled 14,000 barrels of oil following drone footage of the disaster. The Canadian company said in a statement that it did so for safety reasons. But drone footage of the spill — the largest in the pipeline’s history — was among the […]

TC Energy response staging area on Dec. 10, 2022, in Washington County, Kansas

Keystone Pipeline has history of spills, warnings and fines. Kansas spill is largest yet.

BY: - December 13, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal regulators have issued warnings repeatedly over the life of the Keystone pipeline that operators aren’t doing enough to prevent corrosion and don’t follow proper construction procedures. But despite a history of warnings and large spills, the Keystone pipeline failed again last week, dumping 14,000 barrels — or 588,000 gallons — […]

Environmental group gives Kansas, Missouri utilities low marks for clean energy transition

BY: - October 5, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas and Missouri’s largest utilities earned nearly failing grades for their progress transitioning to renewable sources of energy, according to a new report from a national environmental group.  The Sierra Club’s “Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges” report gave Evergy an 18% for its investments in clean energy and moves to […]

Evergy building in downtown Topeka

Aggressive spending or necessary investments? Kansas Senate bill would cap Evergy rate hikes

BY: - February 18, 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansans can’t keep tolerating electric rate hikes from the state’s dominant monopoly utility, Evergy, say proponents of a bill to cap increases. Energy in Kansas used to be competitive compared to the region, they said, but costs are now soaring past peer states. According to the Energy Information Administration, average electricity […]

The Kansas Corporation Commission limited the ability of a business coalition to formally participate in regulatory debate on construction of a new electricity transmission line in southeast Kansas. Evergy and other utility companies were granted full intervention rights by the KCC. (Jill Hummels/Kansas Reflector)

Environmental advocates say Evergy can shutter two more coal plants within decade

BY: - October 28, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy can retire two more coal-burning power plants within the decade without sacrificing affordability or massively increasing rates, environmental advocates say in a new report. The electric utility, which serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, is scheduled to stop burning coal at its Lawrence plant by the end of […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said construction of Inevergy’s new Grain Belt Express transmission line to carry wind-driven electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana can create about 1,000 permanent jobs in Kansas. This image is of Evergy's Flat Ridge Wind Farm near Medicine Lodge. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Public can comment on Evergy sustainability plan after critiques over transparency

BY: - May 6, 2021

Members of the public will be allowed to comment on Evergy’s five-year sustainability plan after environmental and consumer advocates criticized regulators’ process as not transparent. The three-member Kansas Corporation Commission voted unanimously Thursday morning to allow public comments on the utility’s “sustainability transformation plan” starting immediately. The public comment period will close July 7. The […]