Renewable Energy-Energy Conservation and MO Legislative Update-

We need more petition signers for the RES Complaint!

In case you missed it, our state’s renewable energy standard is being ignored by the utilities. We filed a complaint last month, asking the government to make them comply and we’d like your voice in there with us. So far, we’ve got 500 out of our goal of 3,000 signers. Please help us create the renewable energy we voted for by signing our petition.

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Legislative Update

Seven weeks remain in the 2013 legislative session, and you might be curious what bills we’re watching. If you haven’t called up your legislator, there’s some good bills and some bad ones to talk about now. So here are the proposed efficiency and renewables legislation that we’ve got our eyes on:

OPPOSED Bills:

  • HB 44 – Allows hydropower produced in any quantity to be used to satisfy the renewable energy standard
    • Sponsor: Bart Korman, House District 42
    • Last Action: 3/07/2013 – Second read and referred: Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment
    • Why we oppose: Allowing old hydro damns to count toward the RES would gut the RES resulting in no new renewable generation. 
SUPPORTED Bills:
  • SB 398 – Extends the expiration of an income tax deduction for energy efficiency audits and projects to December 31, 2019
    • Sponsor: Jason Holsman, Senate District 7
    • Last Action – 4/4/2013 – Senate hearing scheduled
    • Why we support: This act encourages investment in the best and cheapest source of energy – efficiency.
  • SB 277 – Establishes the Missouri Energy Efficiency Performance Standard
    • Sponsor: Jason Holsman, Senate District 7
    • Last Action – 2/20/2013 – Second Read and Referred S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
    • Why we support: This act would require mandatory energy efficiency measures by electrical corporations, gas corporations, municipals utilities, and rural electrical cooperatives to reach specified energy savings as dictated by the PSC, resulting in MO becoming a leading state in EE. 
  • SB 299 – Establishes the Capital Green Program to provide funding for energy efficiency improvements to certain state buildings
    • Sponsor: Jason Holsman, Senate District 7
    • Last Action – 2/26/2013 – Hearing Conducted Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
    • Why we support: This act would provide funding for energy efficiency improvements including geothermal, wind, and solar energy resources to certain state buildings.
  • SB 368 – Prohibits certain property associations from barring the installation of solar energy systems
    • Sponsor: Jason Holsman, Senate District 7
    • Last Action – 2/28/2013 – Second Read and Referred to Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
    • Why we support: Under this act, the adoption of a bylaw or exercise of any power by the governing entity of an association prohibiting the installation of a solar energy system is expressly prohibited.
  • SB 400 – Modifies provisions relating to the renewable energy standard
  • Sponsor: Jason Holsman, Senate District 7
  • Last Action – 3/13/2013 – Second Read and Referred Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
  • Why we support: This act reinstates the requirement that  renewable energy credits are generated from renewable energy sources and that has been sold as power to Missouri energy consumers.
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