If you care about Missouri’s environment and want to make a difference, we need your help! Join MVC, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Missouri Sierra Club and citizens from across Missouri as we convene at the state Capitol for Conservation Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
9am – 4pm
The day begins at the Governor's Office Building
200 Madison St. – Room 450
Jefferson City, MO 65101
This is an important opportunity to share your passion for the environment with state legislators, and have a big impact on environmental policies affecting Missouri.
Each year, Missourians gather at the capitol to make their conservation values known – from environmentalists, scientists, students and business owners to hunters, anglers and farmers. On Lobby Day, advocate for one of these important issues:
- Defending Missouri Renewable Energy: Defending Missouri's 2008 voter-enacted Renewable Electricity Standard.
- Protecting Water Quality: Ensuring adequate monitoring and enforcement to protect Missouri’s streams and lakes.
- Upgrading State Parks: Aquiring funding for vitally-needed capital improvements to maintain Missouri’s excellent parks.
- Advancing Energy Efficiency and Green Building: Making buildings more energy efficient through green building standards.
Become part of the political process, and add your voice to others in Missouri's environmental community. By speaking out with a unified voice for environmental values, we can help shape the future of our state.
- Ameren's goal is to charge the people of the St Louis Area, the ratepayers, millions of dollars up front for an unnecessary, risky, and expensive power plant rather than investing in the cheapest energy resource available, energy efficiency
- US Department of Energy Statistics on Energy Efficiency-Saves 10% Energy Costs, 20-30% Heating/AC Costs.
The proposed legislation would chip away at a 1976 ballot initiative supported 2-to-1 by Missouri voters. This law protects Missourians from investor-owned utilities charging ratepayers up-front for the construction of a power plant until it is producing electricity.
Missouri General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow Ameren Missouri to charge ratepayers $40 million for a permit for a second nuclear reactor in mid-Missouri.
The proposed legislation-SB 321 and SB 406– would chip away at a 1976 ballot initiative supported 2-to-1 by Missouri voters. This law protects Missourians from investor-owned utilities charging ratepayers up-front for the construction of a power plant until it is producing electricity.
To understand the many other reasons why SB 321 and SB 406 are bad public policy, read Senator Joan Bray's guest column in the Joplin Globe last month.
Ameren admits it cannot find investors to fund the nuclear plant because it is too risky and expensive.
- Therefore, Ameren must pass SB 321 or SB 406 which shifts the financial risk of investment of a new nuclear plant from shareholders to ratepayers. But while shareholders dodge the risk, they still receive a financial windfall if/when the reactor comes online and Ameren then sells the excess electricity out of state for a premium.
- Ameren can easily meet Missouri's energy needs through energy efficiency instead of raising your electric rates to pay for a $6 billion nuclear reactor. In the St. Louis Post Dispatch on February 25, Steve Kidwell, Ameren Missouri Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said:
"If we went after the potential that we've seen in our own study, we wouldn't have to build another power plant for 20 years, and
we could retire Meramec, and we'd be OK. But we'd lose $30 million a year. And we just can't do that. It's that simple."