Kansas is home to 3 million people, and to the windiest city in the United States, Dodge City, where wind speeds average 14 mph. Literally flatter than a pancake (topographers conducted a comparison), Kansas averages 61 tornadoes every year. Over 87% of the state’s 81 thousand square miles is farmland, allowing Kansas to produce enough wheat per year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread.  

Increasing heat and its accompanying droughts pose a dangerous threat to the entire Great Plains region, and Kansas is already seeing these effects of climate change. Having already seen a rise of at least one degree Fahrenheit over the past century, Kansas currently averages about 35 extreme heat days per year which are expected to double by 2050. As the aquifers become depleted, experts have called the long-term sustainability of the Great Plains into question—Kansas farmers could see crop yields decline by nearly 24% by 2050. Additionally, Kansas’s threat from wildfire is expected to quadruple by midcentury 

There is good news, however, as Kansas converts its high winds into energy. By 2019, wind energy accounted for 41% of the state’s energy production giving Kansas the second-highest share of wind power generation after IowaRenewables, by April 2020, were responsible for more than 50% of net electricity generation, with nuclear, coal-fired, and natural gas-fired making up the rest. Natural gas and coal continue to constitute the significant proportions of Kansas’s energy consumption. Consuming more gas and coal than it produces, it draws on considerable reserves of both nonrenewable resources. 

 Industry (34.8%) and Transportation (25.1% are the primary consumers followed by Residential (20.6% and Commercial (19.5%). 

 In 2009, the Kansas Renewable Energy Standards Act set a goal of generating 20% of the state’s energy from renewable resources by the year 2020, which the state has cleanly surpassed. The revenue from wind energy production and economic growth for rural communities has driven continued growth in the industry. This growth has continued even in the absence of legislation incentivizing the renewable industry. Kansas has not developed a statewide climate adaptation plan, either.  

In the meantime, Kansas City has taken the lead, creating a Regional Climate Action Plan (CAP), with an ambitious set of interrelated strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. There is also an interim net zero goal focused on local government operations (by 2030), energy generation (by 2035), and homes and buildings (by 2040).


Kansas attorney general craves law making state-funded ‘ESG’ investment policies illegal

By Tim Carpenter 03/07/23
Attorney General Kris Kobach and State Treasurer Steven Johnson tag-teamed testimony Tuesday in support of legislation undermining influence in Kansas of investment strategists applying environmental, social and corporate governance litmus tests to analysis of market…
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Kansas coalition eager to end utility company monopoly on self-contained solar projects

By Tim Carpenter 02/20/23
KCC claims bill may push electric costs to small business, residential customers
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Land Is Power, and the Osage Nation Is Buying Theirs Back

By Rachel Adams-Heard 10/12/22
Raymond Red Corn remembers every bit of the drive up to Kansas to buy back his people’s land. Red Corn, who was the assistant principal chief of the Osage Nation, had gotten up early one…
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Missouri ranks 7th in electric vehicle use, but access to charging remains a key barrier

By Meg Cunningham and Others 05/23/22
Beto Lugo-Martinez is a grassroots activist who advocates for clean air. A big part of his work is fighting the expansion of “gas guzzling” vehicles and making sure that historically underserved communities receive infrastructure updates,…
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History of challenges adds to current stresses for Kansas farmers and their communities

By Dave Kendall 04/03/22
Kansas farmers, ranchers and rural communities are dealing with challenging conditions these days. Stress is high and uncertainty abounds. Farming has never been easy, but there are a lot of variables at play now that…
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As fertilizer pollutes tap water in small towns, rural Kansans pay the price

By David Condos 03/29/22
Haviland’s drinking water had failed a state safety test. It had more nitrate than federal limits allow. And as mayor of this small town east of Dodge City, it was his job to help the…
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Activists question whether Kansas City draft climate plan really puts most vulnerable at its heart

By Laura Ziegler 03/28/22
“This plan, while appearing as a good first step, is not as equitable as it claims to be,” said Laela Zaidi, a leader of Sunrise Movement KC. “It discusses building upgrades, renewable energy and electric…
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Kansas bill targeting property tax breaks for wind farms fails in committee vote

By Allison Kite 03/18/22
Another in a series of bills criticized as an effort to end development of wind farms in Kansas failed to make it out of committee Thursday. The bill was introduced by Sen. Mike Thompson, a…
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Kansas City’s latest climate report says ‘bolder action is required’ to depend less on cars

By Carlos Moreno 03/17/22
Kansas City officials want community feedback on a plan to reduce the city’s carbon emissions. The Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan examines six primary action areas – ranging from creating programs to grow and share…
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Kansas impasse shows green energy opposition has lost steam

By John Hanna 03/17/22
Efforts to propel Kansas’ renewable energy future are at a standstill, mired in legislative stalemate. At its center is a former TV weather personality who is using his chairmanship of a key committee to promote…
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Kansas farmers are planting more cotton as climate change redraws agricultural maps

By David Condos 03/09/22
Cotton farming is inching north into the Midwest. Climate change combined with dwindling water resources and new infrastructure means states like Kansas are becoming cotton country.
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‘This is punitive’: Kansas Senate committee considers poison pill wind energy bills

By Allison Kite 02/14/22
A series of bills professing to protect rural residents from industrial wind claim to bring transparency, limit abuse and enact safety measures to protect against the supposed health hazards of turbines.
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Henderson Engineers Delivers Sustainable Operations for New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport

The newly opened $1.5 billion single terminal is powered by Henderson-designed building systems that are big on energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

Wind farms are transforming the Kansas landscape. Here’s an effort to tone down their lights

Kansas has nearly 4,000 turbines, many taller than the Statue of Liberty. People see blinking lights for miles, but now radars can help preserve the night skies.

University of Kansas Opens Welcome Center, Powered by Latest Technologies in Energy Infrastructure Donated by Black & Veatch

More than a century since two University of Kansas (KU) engineering graduates launched Black & Veatch, that global critical infrastructure solutions leader has donated renewable energy infrastructure that now powers the university’s new welcome center…

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $20.9M for Clean Water Infrastructure Upgrades Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Kansas

The funding will support Kansas communities in upgrading essential water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure that protects public health and treasured water bodies. Nearly half of this funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness…

Kansas ranks in top 5 for wind power in the US. What’s ahead for renewable energy?

Kansas ranks in the top five states in the U.S. for wind power, generating enough renewable energy last year to power about 3.2 million households, according to a report released Wednesday


IN THE SHADE of a mango tree, Mamadou Ngulo Konaré recounted the legendary event of his childhood. In 1987, well diggers had come to his village of Bourakébougou, Mali, to drill for water, but had…

Johnson County solar farm siting standards will have regional consequences for environment, equity

The onerous restrictions proposed most recently by the Johnson County Planning Commission could amount to a de facto ban on large solar farms. The draft guidelines shorten the duration of the conditional use permit, double…

Climate anxiety? Kansas City urban farmers work toward a solution

Kansas City urban farmers operate Compost Collective KC, which has the goal of keeping food waste out of landfills to ease problems associated with climate change.

New microgrid technology launched by mges in kansas city and around the world: alternatives to russian energy

A leading Kansas City-based new technology company—MGES—is about to launch a new solar microgrid system. Solar microgrids are becoming more relevant than ever.

Meta Picks Kansas City For $800M Hyperscale Data Center

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has selected the Kansas City region for a new $800 million hyperscale data center. The nearly 1 million-square-foot facility will be located in the Golden Plains Technology Park,…

Kansas City presents Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan to public

"We are striving to be one of, if not the most progressive and aggressive cities in the country when it comes to fighting climate change," KCMO City Manager Brian Platt said.

Fort Riley US Army housing gets 350 additional solar installations

Corvias,the project developer is a solar installer headquartered in East Greenwich, RI. Corvias has been a partner for 20 years to the US Military under the Department of Defense’s Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) program.…

Spirit AeroSystems Converts to Renewable Energy in Kansas

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (“Spirit” or “Spirit AeroSystems”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPR), today announced the conversion to 100% wind-generated electricity at the company’s headquarters in Kansas, USA. This major…

Evergy announces plan for large solar farm near coal plant in Kansas City

The electric utility serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. Half of the energy produced at the solar farm will go to serve that entire base. The other half will be reserved for nearly…

Net Zero Kansas City Region by 2050

The Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan (CAP) aims to transform the metropolitan area into a more resilient, equitable and healthy community. An ambitious set of interrelated strategies will help to mitigate climate change by…

JoCo on the Go: Climate action plan

On JoCo on the Go, episode #103, hear about the Kansas City Regional Climate Action. We’ll talk to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Brian Alferman about the role Johnson County played in the…


Kansas State Profile and Energy Estimates

Kansas stretches more than 400 miles from east to west and has considerable crude oil, natural gas, and renewable energy resources. The state's broad plains rise gradually from about 600 feet above sea level at…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Kansas

Between 2017 and 2019, Kansas experienced two flooding events, seven severe storms, and one drought. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

An increase in stagnant summer air is expected to continue across the U.S.

An increase in stagnant summer air is expected to continue across the U.S.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Kansas

Kansas is vulnerable to increasing heat, drought, and severe storms which threaten agricultural and economic productivity and human health

The Nature Conservancy in Kansas

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. For more than 30 years, we’ve worked in Kansas to do just that. We've permanently protected 141,021…

Climate Look

Understanding Long-Term Climate Changes for Kansas city

Health and Climate Change in Kansas (July 2019)

Few issues are as politically charged as climate change. According to many recent surveys, a majority of Americans believe that climate change is occurring, while opinions vary as to whether or not it is caused…

Climate Change 101: A Kansas City Scientist Explains What’s Going On

That's according to Doug Kluck, a regional climate services director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also spent 18 years with the National Weather Service as a researcher and forecaster.

The Migration to Renewable Energy: Our Greener Future

The Amazon is burning. Greenland is melting. Little wonder that the United Nations has declared climate change the defining issue of our time. Reducing our carbon footprint has never been so crucial.

Kansas Makes Good Use Of Wind Power, But Other Renewables … Not So Much

Kansas and other Plains states produce the majority of the nation’s wind energy. While that’s mostly because the area has the highest average sustained wind speeds, the leading wind states have put in place regulatory…

Electric Energy Sources

It is created by converting primary sources of energy such as fossil (oil, coal and natural gas), nuclear, wind, solar and hydropower into electricity.

Kansas Renewable Energy Standard (RES)

The Renewable Energy Standards Act (RESA) (K.S.A. 66-1256, 66-1257, and 66-1259) establishes a statewide renewable energy standard for Kansas. The renewable energy standard for Kansas is a voluntary goal that 20% of a utility's peak…


USDA invests $471,000 in renewable energy in Kansas

By Sarah Motter   09/23/20  
The USDA is investing over $471,000 in renewable energy in rural Kansas to help small businesses and agricultural producers lower energy costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Kansas Lynne Hinrichsen…
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Solar-storage project would be ‘game-changer’ for Kansas City region

By Karen Uhlenhuth   09/10/20  
The world’s largest renewable energy developer is acquiring property in Kansas for a mega-project that would combine hundreds of megawatts of solar and storage capacity. A spokesperson for NextEra Energy confirmed the company is seeking…
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Secrecy in Kansas energy report irks clean energy, consumer stakeholders

By Karen Uhlenhuth   07/13/20  
A public version of the report contains dozens of redactions, obscuring what went into some of the policy recommendations.
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Why I Left California and Moved to Kansas (And Why I Don’t Regret It)

By Arjav Rawal   05/22/20  
Regardless of whose fault it is, here’s a truth that we need to accept — rural America has been forgotten. Coastal Americans constantly write rural America off as “flyover country” and “irrelevant”. Small towns only…
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A devastating Dust Bowl heat wave is now more than twice as likely, study says

ByJ eff Berardelli   05/21/20  
Until the late 1800s the Great Plains were covered by endless acres of native grasslands, well attuned to the unique climate of the region. That had all changed by the turn of the 20th century,…
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Metro leaders seek input for Kansas City area’s first climate action plan

By Leah Wankum   05/15/20  
Climate Action KC and the Mid-America Regional Council kicked off the public engagement process for a Kansas City-area climate action plan Thursday afternoon. The groups shared regional greenhouse gas inventory outcomes, a climate risk and…
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Wind Energy Effected by the Pandemic

By Aj Taylor   05/10/20  
Renewable energy is among the many industries seeing major disruptions during the pandemic. Observers say that’s troubling news for states such as Iowa as a national leader in producing wind energy.
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Climate Change In Kansas City

Average temperatures in Kansas and Missouri are up a degree or two from a century ago. That may not seem like much, but only the Dust Bowl years were hotter than the last decade. KCUR's…
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Kansas wind to fuel US aerospace crew

US aerospace company Spirit AeroSystems is to source 100% renewable energy for its Wichita manufacturing plant in Kansas from the 130MW Flat Ridge 3 wind farm. Utility regulators at the Kansas Corporation Commission have approved…
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Wood clinches $100m in US wind contracts

The next phase of American Electric Power (AEP) Renewables' 128MW Flat Ridge 3 wind farm is the largest of the contract awards for Aberdeen-headquartered Wood.
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Kansas Supreme Court rule in favor of renewable energy

By Ashley Curtin   04/10/20  
“As the Kansas Supreme Court recognized, charging solar customers more for their electricity is price discrimination, plain and simple,” David Bender, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case, said. “Kansans, like all Americans, have a…
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Kansas Supreme Court rules utilities can’t discriminate against renewable energy customers

By Brian Kaberline   04/06/20  
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more for power than other customers. The decision overturns a rate decision by the state's energy regulatory…
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Victory For Renewable Energy At Kansas Supreme Court

Earlier today, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that utilities cannot charge customers who generate their own power more than customers who do not. The Court ruled in favor of Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, and Vote…
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As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas’ attention

By John Hanna   02/21/20  
States such as Virginia, Minnesota and California are pursuing goals for eventually getting all of their electricity from renewable resources. But Kansas proposals aimed at reducing electricity use, making state office space more energy efficient…
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Kansas has wind power. They hope to put such a force behind climate change issues

By Nicole Asbury   02/17/20  
As alarm over climate change grows around the nation, discussions in the Kansas Legislature about the planet’s challenges are scarce. Activists and around a dozen lawmakers gathered to try to put more political force behind…
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Legislators and experts meet to discuss the effects of climate change on Kansas

By Isaac French   02/11/20  
"It effects Kansas in a number of ways not only temperature but also some of the variability that we see in precipitation. There is an increase in heavy precipitation events and we know the result…
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Climate Change In Kansas City

By Brian Ellison   01/30/20  
Average temperatures in Kansas and Missouri are up a degree or two from a century ago. That may not seem like much, but only the Dust Bowl years were hotter than the last decade.
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Road to 100: How a demolished Kansas town became a model of DOE renewables resilience

By Catherene Morehouse   12/04/19  
"The Department of Energy's interest was twofold, I would say," former National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Project Leader, Lynn Billman, who led the DOE's recovery efforts in Greensburg, told Utility Dive. "They saw it as…
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Kansas lawmakers can deny climate change, but that won’t stop the extreme flooding

Kansas has a lot of work to do to get out ahead of flooding that’s lasting longer and causing more damage. A special committee chaired by Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine on Tuesday heard…
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Kansas leading state in wind energy

By Lindley Lund   11/07/19  
Kansas has become one of the leading states in wind energy, bypassing its Renewable Energy Standard goal of having 20 percent of an industry’s demand generated by renewable energy by 16.5 percent as of last…
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Kansas: Renewable Energy Leader

When it comes to producing clean, renewable energy, the opportunities are all around us. In Kansas, it starts with having the right resources. This is a premier location for renewable energy businesses to grow, with…
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Kansas a leader in charge toward renewable energy

By Sherman Smith   09/04/19  
Researchers, clean energy advocates and utility officials praise technological advances that have made renewable energy comparable in cost to power generated from fossil fuels. Kansas is positioned for additional gains over the next decade in…
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Kansas becomes a leader in renewable energy

Kansas' wind generation grew six-fold from 2009 to 2018, and the state now is among the top wind, solar and hydro electricity generators. The electricity those sources produce is equal to 47% of the state's…
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States, flooding: The Fight to Tame a Swelling River With Dams That May Be Outmatched by Climate Change

By Tyler J. Kelley   03/21/19  
Along the Missouri, John Remus controls a network of Dams that dictates the fate of millions. 'It was not designed to handle this.'
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From Colorado to New Mexico to Kansas, new governors seek the next clean energy frontier

By Corey Cantor   02/13/19  
"We congratulate the winners of the recent midterm elections and look forward to working with them to build upon the wind-power success story in their states," said Tom Darin, senior director of western state policy…
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