MO one step closer to restoring 2008 voter-enacted renewable energy law

HB 613 aims to reinstate portions of Prop C, though it is still weaker than what Missouri voters passed with 66% of the vote in 2008

New Renewable Energy Bill Passes Out of House Committee

Missouri one step closer to restoring 2008 voter-enacted renewable energy law

In response to the Missouri General Assembly’s dramatic weakening of the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) in January, the House Committee on Renewable Energy passed the "Renewable Energy Act" (HB 613) Wednesday with a 10-0 vote.

HB 613 aims to reinstate portions of Prop C, though it is still weaker than what Missouri voters passed with 66% of the vote in 2008.

With Prop C, Missouri’s investor-owned utilities were required to get 15% renewable energy from renewable energy sources by 2021 and faced financial penalties if they failed to meet these targets. The renewable energy had to be sold to Missouri customers to count toward the mandate.

HB 613 would require utilities to make a good faith effort to get 15% by 2021, and there would be no penalties if they fail to meet the targets.

The Act would also require 750MW of new non-solar renewable energy and sets aside a fund for 60MW of solar. All energy would be sold to Missouri consumers.

We at Renew Missouri were extremely disappointed when the General Assembly undercut Prop C in January. We are glad that HB 613 attempts to restores much of Prop C’s promise. However, we recognize that this bill is already a compromise of the original language and would not support any further weakening of the RES.

If HB613 passes, utilities will begin to add more renewable energy generation to their power mix that they sell to Missouri. Missouri will greatly benefit from the green jobs, economic investment, and clean air that will result from new in-state wind, solar, and sustainable biomass developments.

HB 613 will next move to the House floor. If it passes into law, and receives the Governor’s signature, the Act is anticipated to go into effect in 2012.

PJ Wilson, Erin Noble, Chris Burnette, Josh Jones, Carla Klein
The Renew Missouri Team

Missouri Coalition for the Environment | 6267 Delmar Blvd., Ste. 2E | St. Louis | MO | 63130
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