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Kansas officials question value of data on buildings, energy

October 21, 2015

— Some Kansas officials question the value of data collected in annual reports meant to identify state buildings using excessive amounts of energy.

The Department of Administration presented such a report Tuesday to a joint legislative committee that oversees state construction projects. The report said 120 of the 328 buildings surveyed, or nearly 37 percent, had excessive energy use over the past five years.

But department officials cautioned that state agencies aren't consistent in how they report the information and some appear to misunderstand what data is being requested. The officials also said some data is out of date.

The committee voted to recommend that legislators next year consider repealing the law requiring the reporting. But Democratic Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence said collecting such information is useful.

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