Utility sector policies are those policies that directly affect the way that the state's electricity and natural gas utilities do business and serve the energy needs of their customers. These policies include utility forecasting and planning requirements for energy efficiency, requirements for energy efficiency delivery to customers, regulatory mechanisms to determine utility revenues for energy efficiency services, processes for working collaboratively with other utilities and energy stakeholders to advance energy efficiency, requirements for evaluating energy efficiency programs and portfolios, and policies to promote the development of the next generation of energy grids.
The Kansas Corporation Commission does not require utilities to conduct integrated resource planning. Individual utilities in Kansas can, and do, run their own internal resource planning processes.
► Overview of Resource Planning policies in the Midwest
Energy Efficiency Standards
Kansas does not have a statewide energy efficiency standard to require utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers.
► Overview of Efficiency Standards policies in the Midwest
Rate Structures & Incentives
Kansas does not have a statewide policy for energy efficiency cost recovery. Under the Final Order in Docket 08-GIMX-441-GIV, In the Matter of a General Investigation Regarding Cost Recovery and Incentives for Energy Efficiency Programs, it is the policy of the Kansas Corporation Commission to consider proposals from utilities to recover costs for energy efficiency programs on a case-by-case basis.
Lost Revenue Recovery
Kansas does not have a statewide policy for lost revenue recovery. Based on the Final Order in Docket 08-GIMX-441-GIV, In the Matter of a General Investigation Regarding Cost Recovery and Incentives for Energy Efficiency Programs, lost revenue recovery for energy efficiency programs in Kansas is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Kansas does not have specific incentives for energy efficiency portfolio performance by utilities. Under the Final Order in Docket 08-GIMX-441-GIV, In the Matter of a General Investigation Regarding Cost Recovery and Incentives for Energy Efficiency Programs, the Commission's policy shall be to consider proposals for shared savings performance incentive plans where they are tied to specific energy efficiency programs the Commission believes most desirable.
The Commission approved Westar Energy’s Shared Savings mechanism in Docket 10-WSEE-775-TAR.
There are no penalties for utilities in Kansas that do not meet their energy efficiency goals. Kansas does not have a statewide energy efficiency standard and utility energy efficiency programs are approved on a case-by-case basis. Presumably, a utility that did not meet its approved program goals would be able to only recover the costs of the savings they did achieve, rather than the full amount of their planned costs.
► Overview of rate structures & incentives in the Midwest
The Kansas Energy & Environmental Planning Advisory Group (KEEP) was enabled by Governor Sibelius' Executive Order No. 08-03 in March 2008. It was facilitated by the Center for Climate Strategies and tasked with identifying opportunities for Kansas to become more energy efficient, more energy independent, and to spur economic growth. KEEP is no longer active.
► Overview of stakeholder collaboratives in the Midwest
Cost Effectiveness Testing
Kansas utilities use all of the standard benefit-cost tests for evaluating their voluntary energy efficiency programs. The primary test used is the Total Resource Cost (TRC) test.
Net vs. Gross
Kansas utilities, in reporting on their energy efficiency programs to the Commission, report net savings and include the measurement of free-riders (but not spillover) in their net savings calculation.
Technical Resource Manual
Kansas does not have a statewide TRM for energy efficiency program design and evaluation.
► Overview of efficiency program evaluation in the Midwest
The Smart Grid Information Clearninghouse does not identify any utility-funded smart grid projects in Kansas.
SmartGrid.gov identifies three Recovery Act-funded smart grid projects in Kansas.
► Overview of smart grids in the Midwest