Lawsuit Seeks Continuation Of Solar Rebate Program

SunEdison solar panel | Photo courtesy of SunEdison
A new lawsuit alleges regulators let utilities to overstate the effects a solar rebate program has on rates. | Courtesy of SunEdison

An environmental coalition asked a Cole County judge to stop Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power and Light from ending a solar rebate program. The lawsuit was filed against the state Public Service Commission by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and an entity called Save Our Lawfully Authorized Rebates. It alleges the regulators allowed the utilities to overstate the rebate program’s effect on rates.

“It’s been more than five years since Missouri voters approved a renewable energy standard and since that time we have seen one attack after another to erode the will of the voters,” Heather Navarro, executive director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, said in a statement.

Investor-owned utilities must generate 15 percent of their power from renewables by 2021 under the RES, but the law bars rates from rising more than 1 percent due to compliance with the law.

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