Missouri energy companies with hydroelectric power plants would have an easier time meeting renewable energy standards under legislation by the state House. The bill now heads to the Senate.
The House passed a bill Feb. 28 that would allow energy companies to count hydroelectric power plants toward their quotas for renewable energy investments.
Currently there is a quantity limit on the hydroelectric power that will count toward this standard. The bill changes the law to include all hydroelectric power, including already existing plants such as the Bagnell Dam hydroelectric power plant operated by Ameren Missouri, originally excluded from the standard.
P..J Wilson, Director of Renew Missouri, said the measure contradicts the purpose of Proposition C, the voter initiative passed in 2008 for development of additional renewable energy supplies in the state. He said this will give an advantage to companies like Ameren, who already own hydroelectric power plants.