Lawmakers not willing to weaken energy standard

It was a bit of a surprise last week when neither the Kansas House nor Senate approved a measure that would weaken the state’s renewable-energy standard. Good for both chambers. Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist had lobbied lawmakers to make the change, and Koch Industries worked behind the scenes for the bill. But some lawmakers were concerned that changing the rules would create “regulatory uncertainty.” And an official with Westar Energy said the renewable standard was good public policy that had only a “relatively small” influence on the energy costs paid by consumers, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.