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Missouri's renewable energy debate may re-appear on the ballot in 2012

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August 8, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Renew Missouri has launched a feasibility study to determine if they will pursue an initiative for the 2012 statewide ballot.

According to news reports the proposed measure would establish qualifications for renewable energy and use targets for future years. However, it is possible that the proposed measure may completely eliminate 2008's voter-approved Proposition C.[1]

Since it's approval in 2008 by 66%, Proposition C has faced several road blocks and challenges. Among the issues is "whether electricity from renewable energy sources needs to be produced or sold in Missouri and the specifics of how to apply the 1 percent cap in rates."[1]

In early 2011, legislators proposed bills to repeal and replace the voter-approved measure. HB 613, sponsored by Rep. Jason Holsman, has been described as "less ambitious." Specifically, the bill would cut the mandate for renewable energy in half. Utilities would derive 7% instead of 15% of their electricity from green fuels by 2020. Additionally, it removes the provision that allowed utilities to receive credit for subsidizing out-of-state renewable projects.[2] The bill did not pass during the 2011 session.

The proposed initiative which is supported by Renew Missouri, supporters of renewable energy, have not yet officially filed the proposal.

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