Missouri turns back to ballot to push renewables

Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 09:10 AM
posted by rene5432

Missouri has been relatively slow to adopt renewable electricity, despite the passage of a renewable portfolio standard in 2008. Now one group has organized a drive for another renewable electricity standard that would clarify the requirements for local utilities, according to The Associated Press.

The 2008 measure called on utility companies to draw 2 percent of electricity from renewable sources by this year, which the state as a whole had already managed as of 2009 through the use of hydroelectricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

However, the law was unclear as to whether the requirements applied to sales or production and how the rules were applied out of state. Renew Missouri has started a drive toward another ballot measure to help clarify these rules, as well as extend and increase the standards.

"We need to go back to the ballot because the current situation with the law is possibly worse than nothing at all," PJ Wilson, director of Renew Missouri, told the AP.

One of the group's primary concerns is that the original law provided for increased electricity rates to cover the cost of adding renewable capacity, but the state could currently see higher rates without any added capacity.

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