Missouri passes renewable energy initiative

By Kris Bevill
Web exclusive posted Nov. 7, 2008 at 10:23 a.m. CST

More than 66 percent of Missourians voted in favor of a Clean Energy Initiative on Nov. 4, making Missouri the 28th state in the United States to pass some form of a mandatory renewable portfolio standard.

The initiative requires the state's three largest electric utilities to generate or purchase at least 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2021. Approved renewable sources include biomass, solar, wind, hydroelectric and landfill gas. The initiative formalizes voluntary standards passed by the state legislature in 2007, which asked companies to make "good-faith" efforts to use at least 11 percent renewable sources by 2020.

The initiative received a large measure of support prior to its passing, including an endorsement from Kansas City Power & Light, one of the three affected utilities. The other utility companies, Ameren Corp. and The Empire District Electric Co., remained neutral on the issue.