Policy Documents

The Economic Impact of the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard

July 1, 2012

In May 2009 Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson signed several statutes into law (first proposed by his predecessor, Gov. Kathleen Sebellius) that defined a new Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and a timetable for implementation. The legistlation transformed a previously coluntary goal into a mandate. The following year, the Kansas Corporation Commission submitted the rules and regulations that would dictate the administration of this RPS. The standard requires that at least 10 percent of electricity generation capacity in Kansas come from renewable sources between 2011 and 2015. Between 2016 and 2019, a 15 percent share of generation capacity must derive from renewable sources, and from 2020 onwards no less than 20 percent of generation capacity must come from renewable sources. 

The Beacon Hill Institute put forth this study in July of 2012 to bring to light the economically damaging effect this standard will have on the state of Kansas.