Ameren fighting carbon limits but preparing to cut emissions

With more than 75 percent of its power generated by coal power plants, Ameren Missouri has expressed serious concerns about the federal government’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the U.S.

But the St. Louis-based utility hasn’t exactly gone all-in with its opposition of the new carbon limits. Instead, Ameren is hedging its bets, fighting the proposed caps while developing a contingency plan for cutting carbon emissions in Missouri in case legal challenges to the new limits are unsuccessful.

The utility encouraged Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to join a lawsuit challenging the federal rules, which would require Missouri power plants to reduce carbon emissions by about 28 percent. Koster did that last year. Ameren also asked the Environmental Protection Agency to stop implementation of the regulations and propose new ones.

Ameren has a plan in place to reduce carbon emissions by gradually replacing coal power with wind and natural gas energy, but the utility’s plan would achieve emission targets five years after the government-imposed deadline.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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