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POSTPONED: Kansas Emerging Energy Issues Forum

February 04, 2014

Due to the winter storm blowing in, tonight’s forum has been postponed. Watch your inbox for emails from Heartland Institute and AFP Foundation on when it will be rescheduled!

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AFP Foundation-Kansas is proud to co-sponsor a forum on Kansas energy policy Feb. 4 in Topeka. You won’t want to miss this discussion of the future of Kansas energy policy featuring prominent policy experts from Kansas and around the country.

Join the Heartland Institute, AFP-Foundation Kansas, and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Dinner is included in the program.

There is no charge to attend this FREE dinner and panel presentation, but you must register in advance. Walk-ins will not be accepted, so please register today!

Panel details:

Picking Winners and Losers

Currently, 30 states have renewable portfolio standards (RPS), with most of those standards enacted between 2004 and 2008. Kansas was a late player in the game, with Gov. Parkinson enacting the state’s first standard in 2009. That law requires all Kansas utilities to acquire 20 percent of their generation capacity from renewable energy sources by 2020. Whether the law pertains to electricity or transportation, this panel will discuss how trying to pick winners and losers int he energy arena through laws such as renewable portfolio standards or the renewable fuel standard, will almost always fail, and what state legislators can do to keep energy costs low while protecting our environment.

The Future of Energy and Energy Policy

Kansas was the site of the first vertical hydraulic fracturing experiment in 1947, and has been safely utilized all over the country since then. Now that hydraulic fracturing has been combined with horizontal drilling, oil and gas development from shale formations has actually become less risky, not more so. This panel will explore how misinformation has clouded reasonable debate on fracking, as well as emerging issues such as net metering, and an increasingly active EPA.

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