Kansas Climate and Energy Facts: 

Kansas is Vulnerable to Climate Change:

  • Rising temperatures will increase the demand for water and energy in the Great Plains. Changes to crop cycles and warmer winters threaten the state’s agriculture. Farmers in the sunflower state could see their crop yields decline by nearly 24 percent by mid-century and by more than half by 2100.
  • In the past 30 years, the states in the Great Plains experienced an average of 35 extreme heat days in a year. By 2050, Kansas could experience an additional 26 to 56 days with temperatures hotter than 95°F, according to a Risky Business report.  
  • Since the year 2000 there have been 42 climate and weather disasters that each cost Kansas over $1 billion. Texas and Oklahoma are the only two states that experienced more devastating extreme weather events.
  • Kansas does not have any statewide plans to adapt to climate change.   

Kansas’s Clean Energy Efforts and Opinions:

  • Kansas ranks 6th in the US for wind power capacity. It sources 21 percent of its electricity from wind, the second largest source of energy for the state. But a bill introduced in January, SB 318, aims to undermine wind power development in Kansas, and it is one of the states leading on renewables but still opposing the Clean Power Plan.
  • A majority, 58 percent, of adults in Kansas understand global warming is happening. Seventy eight percent support funding research into renewable energy resources, and 71 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant.
  • The Clean Power Plan would require Kansas to cut 43.5 percent of its power-sector emissions by 2030. From 2005 to 2013, the state’s emission from the power sector declined by 13 percent.
  • The state is party to the lawsuit against the CPP. Two days after the Supreme Court ruling that placed a temporary stay on the CPP, the Kansas Senate passed a bill blocking state agencies from working on a compliance plan.  
  • As of 2014, Kansas had a total installed capacity of solar of only 2.5 MW, ranking it 43rd in the nation. In 2014, an addition 1.5 MW was added. The cumulative amount of solar capacity installed in the state would only power 340 homes.