Missouri utilities anxiously await state plan for carbon pollution reductions

Courtesy of Ameren
Courtesy of Ameren

Ameren Missouri says it must decide quickly on how to comply with proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting carbon pollution. But with a state plan likely three years away, it’s unclear which steps it should take and whether it can get credit for all of them.

The utility risks missing the EPA’s interim targets, scheduled to kick in by 2020, unless it acts soon, Ameren’s vice president for environmental services told state and federal regulators.

About 75 people, most of them affiliated with electricity producers or environmental groups, attended the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ first public meeting on the subject since the proposal was released June 2. Missouri’s target is a 21 percent reduction by 2030, and each state must come up with its own plan.

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