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Kan. lawmaker, allies push for renewable energy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas Senate Democrat and her allies plan to push next year for policies promoting renewable energy because of concerns about climate change.

A key Republican lawmaker is interested in the same issues, but he worries the policies will lead to higher electric rates.

Lawrence Democrat Marci Francisco had a Statehouse news conference Friday to discuss energy issues. She said Kansas can take steps to promote renewable energy and combat climate change.

She said Kansas should rewrite its laws to encourage more electric customers to take advantage of a law giving breaks on rates for installing solar panels and other renewable energy technology.

But Senate Utilities Chairman and Louisburg Republican Pat Apple said he wants to examine whether such policies merely shift electric rates to other customers.