Missouri Energy News-Dirty Coal Electricity Production-Ameren

  • The combination of new rules to promote efficiency and the implementation of the renewable energy standard approved by voters in 2008 can help defer or offset the need for new power plants in Missouri and create new jobs, he said. What’s more, it could allow utilities to retire older, less efficient coal-fired plants
  • Burnette: "Any dirty coal plant that we can take offline is a win."
  • Missouri is starting to turn the corner and embrace energy efficiency
  • saving a watt of electricity is often cheaper than generating one
  • Energy efficiency programs…are gaining traction in Missouri for good reason
  • recent study highlights plenty of opportunity to cut energy use
  • Missourians could save more than $5 billion in electric and natural gas costs over the next decade by fixing drafty houses, replacing old appliances with more efficient ones and taking other energy-saving measures
  • plan for future energy needs
  • heavy dependence on cheap coal
  • Ameren Missouri’s electric rates have risen by more than $400 million since May 2007, and the utility is seeking an additional $263 million increase
  • Senate Bill 376, the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act, which Gov. Jay Nixon signed in June 2009
  • The efficiency study is expected to serve as a guidepost during that process

Energy efficiency efforts gaining traction in Missouri

Feb 11, 2011 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jeffrey Tomich

Feb. 11, 2011 (McClatchy-Tribune Regional News delivered by Newstex) — Missouri has long been viewed as a laggard when it comes to energy conservation. Now, is the state ready to play catch-up?

A recent study highlights plenty of opportunity to cut energy use. Rules finalized by regulators this week could help achieve that potential by giving utilities incentives to invest in promoting energy efficiency.

A draft copy of the study by Burlington, Mass.-based KEMA indicates Missourians could save more than $5 billion in electric and natural gas costs over the next decade by fixing drafty houses, replacing old appliances with more efficient ones and taking other energy-saving measures.

The Public Service Commission commissioned the study last fall. It represents the first statewide assessment of energy-savings potential and one of several indicators of the heightened importance placed on energy efficiency in the Show-Me state.

The issue should be "one of our priorities in improving how we communicate with utility customers and as we plan for future energy needs," said PSC Commissioner Robert Clayton, who stepped down as commission chairman this week.

It’s yet unclear how such efforts will affect ratepayers in the long term. The new rules aim to compensate utilities, through rate adjustments, for investments in programs encouraging consumers to use less power. The hope is that companies can make the same profits while selling less energy and lowering consumer bills at the same time — no small challenge.

Energy efficiency programs, commonplace on the coasts, are gaining traction in Missouri for good reason. While the state still boasts some of the nation’s lowest electricity rates — thanks largely to a heavy dependence on cheap coal

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