Like Iowa and South Dakota, Kansas is running off the breezes that blow—in 2022, the Sunflower State generated 47% of its electricity needs from wind energy. The Kansas City Region has committed to a voluntary Climate Action Plan (CAP), with the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. And the state is home to a large number of ethanol & biodiesel facilities. There’s still a long way to go before it can be free of its reliance on natural gas & coal, but there are opportunities for change.
You can learn more about Kansas’s energy landscape by chatting to faculty in KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) or K-State’s Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. The College of Engineering sponsors the Wildcat Wind Power team, which competes annually in the NREL’s Collegiate Wind Competition. Its Engineering Extension also provides energy education to businesses & communities through the Kansas Energy Program.