It's Timely to Remind Ourselves Why
Fortnightly Magazine - February 2022
Unlike unregulated industries, our companies are remarkably oriented to serve the public good.
Conversations with Chair Andrew French, Commissioners Susan Duffy and Dwight Keen, Director of Utilities Jeff McClanahan, Director of Conservation Ryan Hoffman, and Director of Transportation Mike Hoeme.
"The Kansas Commission doesn’t use hearing officers or ALJs. We hold our own hearings. By custom, the Chair of the Commission also presides over hearings and at our business meetings."
“The more routine business items come before the Commission twice weekly. The dockets include oil and gas production regulation, all facets of utility regulation, and commercial trucking regulation.”
“Through our Conservation Division, the Commission regulates the oil and gas industry. Kansas and Oklahoma are the only two states that regulate utilities and the oil and gas industry through the same agency.”
Director of Utilities
“We would love to see the inter-regional transmission issues resolved between SPP and the other regions, so we could export some of this captive, renewable energy we have.”
Director of Conservation
“To accomplish efficient recovery, states developed legal concepts like spacing, or how far apart you can drill wells, and production allowables, which is how much oil or gas an operator can produce from a single well. These concepts all tie into the term, conservation.”
“We are one of the few states that offers existing and prospective motor carriers the opportunity to attend a free safety seminar to learn about the rules and regulations.”
Kansas CC's Kansas Energy Division's biggest educational success story to date has been the Kansas KidWind Challenge.