Environmental groups accuse utilities of dodging Missouri renewable energy standards.373442013-02-11T17:11:01Z2013-02-11T17:11:01ZRenew Missouri and seven other environmental advocacy and green energy groups filed complaints with the Missouri Public Service Commission on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31. The complaints accused Ameren Missouri, Empire District Electric Co. and Kansas City Power & Light of not complying with the standards. Complaint says Ameren is circumventing green power law.372542013-02-01T13:12:19Z2013-02-01T13:12:19ZThe case revives long-running arguments over how the renewable energy law is implemented. The measure, approved as Proposition C in 2008, requires investor-owned utilities to use renewable energy for a fraction of electricity sales.Missouri court upholds PSC's renewable energy rules.366192012-11-21T16:56:13Z2012-11-21T16:56:13ZThe law says the use of renewable energy cannot cause electric rates to rise more than 1 percent from what they would be otherwise. The rate cap provision in the rules was at the heart of the legal battle.
The PSC rules require utilities to use a 10-year average when calculating the 1 percent rate impact to allow for higher upfront costs.
Wind farm fight continues in court.364362012-11-01T17:13:30Z2012-11-01T17:13:30ZAfter a year of dispute, the Dekalb County Assessor and Wind Capital Group have taken their arguments to the courtroom.
The dispute is over assessed tax rates on 97 wind turbines in the Lost Creek Wind Energy project in Dekalb County.
Groups spar over Missouri's green energy future.340302012-01-08T15:23:11Z2012-01-08T15:23:11ZDisappointed with how the 2008 ballot measure turned out, the state's renewable energy industry resolved to fix what it considered broken. The group is setting out to put in place a more aggressive green power mandate -- one that would put Missouri on par with Illinois.Carnahan denies conflict over Missouri renewable-energy ballot measure.339332011-12-27T19:06:55Z2011-12-27T19:06:55ZMissouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says the state's attorney general's office agrees that there is no conflict of interest in her office promoting renewable energy, even though her brother is an investor in a wind-energy production company.
Dispute still stands as Wind Capital pays up.338972011-12-23T18:24:53Z2011-12-23T18:24:53ZThe company is disputing Ms. Ross' assessed property tax value of about $297,000 per wind turbine, an amount she came to when using a formula created by former Wind Capital Group CEO Tom Carnahan. Assessors in several other counties in Northwest Missouri with wind farms have told the News-Press they used the same formula as Holt County, without conflict.Wind farm project in Oklahoma clashes with land's other energy use .337742011-12-04T17:59:30Z2011-12-04T17:59:30ZIn one northern Oklahoma county, oil and wind don't mix.
That's where plans by St. Louisan Tom Carnahan's Wind Capital Group LLC for a large wind farm have run into a roadblock - claims by the Osage Nation that it would interfere with the tribe's rights to tap oil and gas deposits.
Wind farm fights property tax; Decision could negatively affect funding for area schools.336132011-11-14T13:17:46Z2011-11-14T13:17:46ZTouted as an innovation when it began, Lost Creek wind farm and its owners, Wind Capital Group, have entered into a legal battle with DeKalb County, wanting to pay about half of its assessed property taxes. ..."It's kind of ironic that what was seen to be a kind of good taxpaying asset is almost becoming a liability," State Rep. Glen Klippenstein, R-Maysville, said.Wind projects' costs irk utilities in 9-state pool.325812011-07-25T12:08:16Z2011-07-25T12:08:16ZWith the deck stacked in favor of building, he said, if systems aren't designed to keep costs down, ratepayers will suffer the most.
"I'm not opposed to building transmission lines, but right now it's sort of the gold rush," Springe said. "I'd like to see a few more checks and balances, and actually building in the least-cost way for customers."
Midwest power transmission project targets Kansas wind .320652011-05-29T11:42:11Z2011-05-29T11:42:11ZDevelopers there are lining up to build new wind farms, representing thousands of megawatts. Projects have been permitted and land has been leased, but work won't go forward without additional transmission ...the existing transmission grid lacked capacity to move Kansas wind power to eastern Missouri.
Bill would overhaul Missouri's renewable energy law .317342011-04-17T17:15:08Z2011-04-17T17:15:08ZThe bill would cut the mandate for renewable energy about in half, resulting in utilities deriving 7 percent, rather than 15 percent, of their electricity from green fuels by 2020. It also would eliminate a controversial provision that allowed utilities to receive credit for subsidizing out-of-state renewable projects.A Missouri Compromise for renewables; Not much of a mandate left after a recent controversy .316812011-04-11T15:30:32Z2011-04-11T15:30:32ZA Missouri legislative committee has salvaged the state's renewable energy law, but it looks like it had to be considerably weakened to succeed. At least, renewable energy advocates say, the requirement for state-sourced clean energy has survived earlier attacks.
Rules for turbines get look; Panel will host spring hearing.312492011-02-27T18:24:02Z2011-02-27T18:24:02ZIf you want to put up a wind turbine in Columbia you might need an environmental study, shadow analysis and simulated model of what the turbine will look like before you can legally install one.
These stringent permit requirements are part a new draft ordinance that would regulate wind turbines. The ordinance was presented to the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday night.
State Renewable Energy Standards under attack from GOP legislators.310532011-02-09T16:26:13Z2011-02-09T16:26:13ZOfficials pushing the bills say that energy prices soar and consumers suffer when utilities are required to allocate a certain percentage of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar. Clean energy groups counter that lowering the bar on state renewable energy policies would stifle new investment and kill jobs.
Proposed wind farm stalled in Jeff City .309082011-01-27T00:10:37Z2011-01-27T00:10:37ZA 2008 law passed by voters requires that utilities use at least 15 percent renewable energy by 2021.
On Monday the senate voted against a part of the rules saying the energy must be produced in the state of Missouri.
County officials say this could hurt the chances of the trade wind farm coming to Adair and Sullivan counties.
Missouri Senate votes to reject part of renewable energy rule.308842011-01-25T19:15:13Z2011-01-25T19:15:13ZSenators voted 29-2 to reject part of the rules developed by state regulators. At issue is a portion of the rule that requires the electricity from renewable energy sources be produced or sold in Missouri. Critics of the rule said that requirement goes beyond the law approved by voters.
Missouri Senate to take up resolution to weaken 2008's Prop C .308562011-01-24T14:42:03Z2011-01-24T14:42:03ZPSC member Jeff Davis was one of two commissioners, both Republicans, to vote against the new rule. He says that Missouri renewable energy companies are trying to 'stick up" consumers by forcing them to pay higher rates for their product.
"What you are witnessing here is an attempted train robbery of consumers," Davis told a House committee that passed the resolution 8-3 on Wednesday.
Bats a concern for wind farm.303052010-12-09T02:55:14Z2010-12-09T02:55:14ZHigh Prairie Wind Energy, owned by Wind Capital Group, is seeking to create a wind farm just north of Queen City, but the development will likely harm or kill Indiana bats, one of 14 bat species in the state.
In order to overcome that challenge, the project will need an incidental take permit.