Bill would overhaul Missouri's renewable energy law
The 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.
April 17, 2011
by Jeffery Tomich
in Post Dispatch
When Missouri voters approved the state's renewable energy law in the fall of 2008, the ballot proposal evoked images of graceful wind turbines and gleaming solar arrays.
What it produced, instead, was two years of bickering, litigation and regulatory limbo - not to mention fewer clean energy projects than envisioned.
Now, with time running out in the legislative session, the Legislature is being asked to overhaul the law in a new Missouri compromise that attempts to ease concerns of electric utilities, environmentalists and consumers - groups that rarely agree when it comes to energy policy.
The ballot initiative, known as Proposition C, seemed... [continue via Web link]