In the wake of one more rejection this morning from the Missouri Public Service Commission, the company trying to develop a high-voltage transmission line to ferry new wind energy from the Midwest to the eastern U.S. has a new tool in its kit: former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
A team of Midwestern researchers is hoping to devise a way to better align automated home energy management systems with what their users really want.
Even though four of its five members stated unequivocally that a proposed wind energy transmission line would be in the public interest, the Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday said it could not grant a permit for development of the project.
In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south.
Developers of a wind energy transmission line have another shot at gaining the regulatory approval they need in Missouri, a state where the project has faced strong opposition.
A Missouri utility is the latest to adopt a inclining block rates, which create a larger financial incentive for customers to use less electricity.
Increasingly, it appears that utilities in the Midwest may have trouble carving out a niche in the development of electric-vehicle charging stations. And that, according to some observers, is likely to slow the shift towards electric vehicles in this part of the country.
Clean-energy advocates applauded a year ago when Missouri utility regulators approved new energy efficiency benefits aimed at a historically underserved population: owners of low-income and other multi-family properties. However, the excitement may have been premature.
Seven companies – Proctor & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Unilever, General Mills, Target, General Motors and Nestle – have signed a letter supporting a Missouri bill allowing power purchase agreements.
Missouri’s electric cooperative association is promoting legislation that would make a raft of changes that could render net metering less available and more costly.