Kansas has the second-best wind potential in the country, but advocates are increasingly concerned that the state is blowing a key reform that would make it easier for individuals, businesses and communities to produce wind power.
Over the years, a hodgepodge of requirements imposed by utilities has made hooking renewable-energy equipment, such as wind turbines, to the electric grid more difficult and expensive. States interested in boosting renewables have been replacing the mishmash with a simpler, easy-to-understand interconnection standard.
That appeared to be where Kansas was headed in a compromise overseen last year by Gov. Mark Parkinson.
But many of the details were left for utility regulators to figure out later. And the Kansas Corporation Commission’s staff has now come out with its recommendation: Instead of a uniform interconnection standard, continue to leave it up to each utility.