Missouri committee begins drafting energy plan

After a series of public meetings, a steering committee will now start writing a comprehensive plan for Missouri’s energy future. Energy Division Director Lewis Mills says many of those at the meetings wanted to see greater emphasis on renewables and alternate sources of energy.

Mills says trends are headed in that direction, but coal will remain the dominant fuel for energy generation for a long time. He says prices are dropping dramatically for solar and wind. But Mills says a lot of money and resources are invested in coal generation, and that means quickly switching to wind or solar power would be cost-prohibitive.

The committee’s report will go to Gov. Jay Nixon next May.

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