Missouri Legislation Promotes Renewable Energy

June 26, 2007

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed legislation on June 25 to encourage the use of renewable energy. Among other things, the law sets renewable energy use targets for utilities. The utilities are not required to meet the targets but state regulators can determine if the utilities made an adequate effort to meet the goals.

Highlights of Senate Bill (SB) 54 include:

  • Requiring utilities to make "good faith efforts" to meet a 4 percent renewable energy target by 2012, 8 percent by 2015, and 11 percent by 2020
  • Directing the Missouri Public Service Commission to develop standards for measuring the utilities' progress in meeting the targets
  • Allowing municipal landfills to accept yard waste in order to create bioreactors that produce methane gas for use in energy production
  • Allowing any facility designated as a waste-to-energy facility that generates electricity fueled from solid waste to use plasma arc technology (PAT); PAT uses electricity to create a form of artificial lightning with temperatures exceeding 7,000 degrees Centigrade
  • Requiring retail electric suppliers to make net metering available to customers who have their own electric generation units that are powered by renewable energy
  • Requiring the Missouri Office of Administration to ensure that at least 70 percent of the new vehicles purchased for the state fleet are flexible fuel vehicles
  • Directing the Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission to recommend legislation and other actions to promote the sale, distribution, and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles; promote development of alternative fuel vehicle technology; and educate consumers about alternative fuels.

For more information, see the governor's June 25 press release and a summary of SB 54.

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