Other options, such as the development of renewable energy, are supported by Kansas leaders interested in maintaining a healthy and competitive energy market.
Wind power, especially, plays an important role in Kansas energy supply. Located in the heart of the nation’s growing wind industry, Kansas offers an ideal location for wind turbine manufacturing. Our central location and well-developed transportation infrastructure provide convenient and economical access to the region with the greatest wind energy activity.
Since the beginning of 2008, wind generating capacity in Kansas has more than tripled to 4,451 megawatts, making Kansas one of the top 5 states in the nation. There is plenty of room to add more, with Kansas ranking second in wind energy potential and 874 megawatts of additional wind projects underway.
Kansas utilities have met the state’s renewable energy goal of 15 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2016. A further target of 20 percent by 2020 has been set, and there is strong interest in the state for expanding the use of both large and small-scale wind energy.
Projections indicate that the state’s power system could provide a possible 7,000 megawatts for export from wind energy by 2030. Kansas offers 10-year property tax exemption for property used in the generation of electricity from renewable sources.