Renewable energy: ACORE helps Kansas reach 50% target


According to a whitepaper released by ACORE in June, the US state of Kansas needs to improve its policies to increase its competitiveness with surrounding states in the renewable energy sector.

The whitepaper titled ‘Increasing Renewable Energy Generation in Kansas’ points out that the state should also allow third-party sales of electricity to allow individuals and businesses to purchase renewable energy directly from developers. [Renewable energy outlook shines bright in US’s Maryland].

This will help Kansas maintain the lowest possible electric rates and attract economic development, including corporations committed to becoming 100% renewably powered.

The coalition organisation of stakeholders in the US renewable energy sector further recommends the state to develop 2,650MW of power from wind generation to reach the target.

By so doing, the state is expected to attract US$4.528 billion of investment and economic activities.

[quote] Over the past ten years, Kansas wind power generation has doubled by four times. In 2005, the state generated below 1,000MW of its electricity from wind per annum to 11,000MW per annum in 2015.

ACORE forecasts the state’s wind power generation to double for the fifth time if investments in the sector are increased.

Solar energy in Kansas

Besides increasing investments in wind power generation, ACORE says Kansas requires the development of 110MW of energy from solar.

The growth of the solar power market in Kansas is expected to attract an additional US$645.2 million in investment and economic activity.

The state is viewed by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory as one of the top five states with potential to produce most of its power from wind and solar.

To date, the state is producing 23.9% of its power from renewable sources and has projects underway, if completed, will add in 850MW of power from renewable energy sources.

However, increasing investments in transmission of power from the west to the east is expected to help Kansas to reach its renewable energy targets.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.