By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas House panel has canceled a debate a bill to freeze renewable energy mandates for utility companies.

The House Energy and Environment Committee had been scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday. The panel did not say why it canceled its meeting.

Kansas law requires that 10 percent of the electricity generated by utilities come from renewable energy sources, such as wind.

That figure is set to rise to 15 percent in 2016 and 20 percent in 2020. The bill would eliminate those future requirements.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and conservative think tanks contend the government should not set such mandates on businesses.



The Kansas Farm Bureau and renewable energy groups argue that the bill would remove an incentive for further investments in renewable energy.

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