Missouri Appeals Courts Upholds Renewable Energy Rules

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Four years after voters passed Proposition C to require Missouri utilities to use 15 percent renewable energy by 2021, the details of the law are still being sorted out in the courts.

Yesterday, a three-judge panel at the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals handed a victory to the state’s Public Service Commission, upholding the commission’s proposed administrative rules for how to measure the cost impact of increased use of renewable energy sources. Under Prop C, electric rates are not supposed to increase more than one percent over what they would have been without the law.

A Cole County Circuit Court earlier this year ruled that it was unreasonable for the commission to require utilities to use a 10-year average to determine the price impact, a method which lessens the impact of high upfront costs.

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