Kansas Voters Support New Energy Direction

A new survey released this week from the Climate and Energy Project by Republican polling firm Ayres, McHenry and Associates shows Kansas voters would like to see a new direction on energy policy focusing on renewable energy standards and energy efficiency.

“Renewable energy will provide the most substantial economic development that Kansas has seen in a century,” said Climate and Energy Project Executive Director Nancy Jackson. “This survey tells us that Kansans recognize that a national standard positions wind, sun, and biomass-rich Kansas to go well beyond supplying our own needs and become a leading exporter of renewable energy.”

The survey uncovers these Kansan views:

— By a 3-to-1 margin, Kansans believe it is better to use renewable energy over nuclear and coal power,

— Voters support a renewable energy standard by a margin of 5-to-1 for the state.

— three out of four Kansans would be willing to pay between $2 and $5 more every month on their energy bill if it means generating more renewable energy.

— Nearly 9-in-10 Kansans believe renewable energy is a path to stronger national security.

— 8-in-10 voters agree investing in renewables will create more jobs.

— 71 percent of Kansans support a national energy efficiency standard that would require utilities to procure a set percentage of their energy from wiser use of the energy they already generate.

— 81 percent of those surveyed believe there needs to be a national standard that anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of our energy comes from renewable sources by 2021. 84 percent are willing to pay an extra $2 a month to make this a reality; 73 percent are willing to pay $5 more a month.

— 88 percent of Kansans find it to be a “persuasive argument” that utilizing renewable energy will strengthen our national security. 86 percent support the argument that Kansas can meet new energy standards and should be exporting wind energy.

“Several in our federal delegation worked successfully to secure approval of a coal plant in western Kansas. We trust they will now work just as hard to bring historic economic development to our entire state while keeping Kansans’ bills low and improving our energy security. A national Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Efficiency Standard could achieve all these aims,” added Ms. Jackson.

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