|hleen Sebelius will be a keynote speaker at the Windpower 2010 Conference of the American Wind Energy Association in June.
The conference, at the Houston Convention Center, also will feature a Kansas booth among the 600 expected exhibits.
The display will be a cooperative effort between the Kansas Corporation Commission's energy programs and the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The KCC's Jim Ploger, manager of climate and energy programs, said this is likely a record year for commercial wind projects in Kansas.
Announced wind farms to be built in 2010 total nearly 650 megawatts, which should put the state over the 1,000-megawatt mark in installed commercial wind projects by year's end.
Record grain prices gave Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Adrian Polansky reason to be upbeat Thursday at Kansas Ag Day at the Capitol, a promotional event featuring the state's farm products and programs.
But Polansky also offered a word of caution, noting the wild ride world markets have taken lately.
"We all know that agriculture is cyclical and that we have good times and not-so-good times and we always need to be mindful of that, as well."
However, he viewed the state's "bio-economy" as just getting started.
"Multiple uses of crops, livestock and biomass will provide increased opportunities for farmers and biorefineries in rural communities," Polansky said, "which includes jobs and all that surrounds that for economic growth."
'Fair and balanced' event?
A nonprofit group that advocates for lower taxes drew a couple hundred activists to its "Defending the American Dream Summit" at a Topeka hotel Wednesday.
Although the Americans for Prosperity Foundation event wasn't restricted to a particular party, Democrats weren't a visible presence.
The featured speakers at the summit included U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, as well as three Republicans running for Congress in Kansas. In honoring a pair of Kansans for their grassroots activism, the organization awarded them bronze-coated busts of GOP President Ronald Reagan.
And when one speaker asked the audience to identify its favorite cable news network, the audience overwhelmingly favored FOX News Network.
"I can see we have a fair and balanced audience," said political commentator Michael Barone, himself a FOX News contributor.
A spokeswoman for the Kansas chapter of AFP, Jen Rezac, said some Democratic officials had been invited to speak, but either declined or couldn't make it.
The battle over proposed energy issues and coal-fired power plants in Kansas drew national attention yet again this past week.
The fight over Sunflower Electric's proposal to expand an existing plant in Holcomb became the subject of stories in both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Kansas' situation was cited in both articles as an example of how states across the nation are stepping into the void left by the federal government's inability to regulate greenhouse gases. Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby's decision to block air-quality permits for Sunflower's plants because of global warming has become a case study for such actions.
Bremby has been roundly criticized by Kansas lawmakers who favor the plant for blocking the project in the absence of state or federal regulations on carbon dioxide. But Bremby defended his action in The Journal.
"If appointed officials only did what they're directed to do by policymakers, without (heeding) science or laws, they'd just be hacks."