Future of Missouri’s electrical production could be closer to home

A conversation has been sparked in Missouri about how electricity will be generated, stored and consumed in the future.

The Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities, is looking for input on what are known as “distributed energy resources” and will hold a workshop later this month in Jefferson City.

The term can encompass anything from batteries that store solar energy to advanced metering information that gives customers a better sense of when they’re using energy.

James Owen, the executive director of Renew Missouri, an organization pushing for more renewable energy, is glad the PSC is broaching the subject. He said distributed energy resources are a progressive concept.

The Public Service Commission said it’s currently in the information-gathering stage with workshops on distributed energy resources scheduled for Nov. 20 and Jan. 9. Officials said those discussions could lead to new rules or policy changes down the line.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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