Taking the Good with the Bad

This week has been full of ups and downs for Renew Missouri’s work. While we are ecstatic about the Public Service Commission approving Ameren Missouri’s three-year energy efficiency plan, the Supreme Court’s stay on the Clean Power Plan reminds us here at Renew Missouri why our work is so important and why we need your support even more.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the Clean Power Plan, which is a plan introduced by the EPA under the Clean Air Act, that would combat climate change by regulating each state’s carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Missouri’s goal is 29 percent.

While the stay is not a decision on the merits or legality of the plan itself, it delays the CPP’s implementation until legal challenges are resolved by a federal appeals court, including the challenges submitted by 29 state Attorney Generals, including Missouri’s Chris Koster.

Several Missouri utilities had urged Koster to join the lawsuit, led by West Virgina’s Attorney General. Last October, when Koster made his sign-on announcement, he said Missouri businesses rely on cheap energy and would make Missouri a less cost-competitive state for businesses, citing exaggerated costs to the state.

The states challenging the regulations are states that are reliant on coal and have said the Clean Power Plan is, “the most far-reaching and burdensome rule the E.P.A. has ever forced onto the states.”

However, the White House, National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Renew Missouri, and other clean energy advocacy groups are still confident that the courts will ultimately uphold the Clean Power Plan, which has a strong legal foundation in the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court has previously upheld the EPA’s authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants under the Clean Air Act.

The Clean Power Plan enjoys overwhelming public support. Close to three-quarters of all Americans support climate action and climate policies like the Clean Power Plan. This is also the case for Missouri and you can see our recent polling data, here.

In fact, most states are  moving forward with implementation plans in compliance with the Clean Power Plan. Making the CPP a smart policy for our health, climate, and states economic future. There is an anticipated $54 billion in health and climate benefits alone. States are beginning to realize there are health, economic, and climate benefits from compliance with the CPP.

According to the World Resources Institute, Missouri is in a position to meet or exceed our Clean Power Plan targets all while creating jobs (see the full article & analysis here). In 2014 alone, the energy efficiency sector employed 32,000 people. Missouri has the potential to add 30,000 new jobs by 2021 just by meeting our current renewable energy standard, which Renew Missouri helped create in 2008 (click here for a brief history of Prop C).


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Episode 4 of This Renewable Life: Laudato Si

We have a new episode of This Renewable Life for you! In this installment, we discuss Pope Francis’ recent encyclical and its importance. Check it out below:

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Chris: Hello, you’re listening to This Renewable Life!


Chris: Hi, I’m Chris Orzeske

Tyger: and I’m Tyger Ligon

Chris: and we are interns working on policy and media at Renew Missouri

Tyger: Renew Missouri, as many of you may know, is a non-profit based out of Columbia.  Our mission is to transform Missouri into a leading state in both energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2016.

Chris: So yeah this is an update for our supporters to explain the importance of the Pope’s Encyclical and to incite action on an individual and communal level.

Tyger: On this week’s “This Renewable Life”, we will be talking about the recent Encyclical by Pope Francis. So what is an encyclical?

Chris: Right. It’s kind of an unusual word but basically encyclicals are letters sent out by the Pope to bishops around the world as a call to action. Now this one marks the 15th encyclical since the turn of the century, and only the second issued by Pope Francis. They are not just your everyday sort of document. Previous encyclicals have covered topics ranging from abortion, peace, modernity, moral theology, and individualism.

Tyger: So they’re like an executive order saved for important matters?

Chris: More or less yeah they are the second most impactful vatican communication technique behind papal constitutions. When an encyclical goes out all Catholics are supposed to listen.

Tyger: Pope Francis’ encyclical about protecting Mother Earth is entitled “Laudato Si.” What does “Laudato Si” mean?

Chris: Well it means Praise Be to You and it calls for us to look at our current lifestyle choices so our consumption and our general usage of resources, and to make changes to reflect the realities of climate change.  For example, limiting power consumption, recycling, avoiding non reusable products, carpooling and moving to more sustainable energy sources.

Tyger: Yeah I also saw that is warns of grave consequences for not changing.

Chris: That’s right

Tyger: One of the lines from the Pope’s encyclical is “If present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us. This would mean a rise in the sea level that would create extremely serious situations, especially considering that a quarter of the world’s population lives on or near a coast.”

Chris: Right, right Yeah and that’s a far cry from many previous Pope statements on this, that’s pretty blunt and to the point. He also said, he cited that is the passage “God gave us dominion over the world” from Genesis and relates that as such to mean that we as denizens of the earth are shepherds.

Tyger: I see it’s also a pretty nonpartisan message for all people of all backgrounds. He states that  this Encyclical is meant for dialogue for everybody because we live in a common home. It doesn’t seem that he’s just coming at this point for just Catholics.

Chris: Yeah and that’s very important. That’s one of the reasons responses so strong to this and there really have been very positive one. Reverend James Johnston Jr., Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau says that “Living in the Missouri Ozarks, we can appreciate more than most Americans the great gift God gave humanity in Creation” and as such he reiterates that Christians should be highly disturbed that we are degrading God’s creation from that perspective he creates kind of a moral obligation.

Tyger: Reverend Canon Sally Bingham, the founder of Interfaith Power & Light, which is a a faith-based organization across 39 states devoted to coordinating and educating local congregations on climate change, said “I believe this is the potentially the game changer we have all been hoping for. I really think it will change enough minds to get the critical mass we need to get our house in order and cut greenhouse gas emissions.”

Chris: Right right, and that bi partisan and nondiscriminatory in terms of faith message is incredibly important and part of the reason it has been such a big talking point in this encyclical. Now Interfaith Power & Light and the Catholic Climate Covenant have created the Climate Action Kit with tools on taking action and starting a religious conversation on climate change, and if you are interested that can be found at interfaithpowerandlight.org and the local Missouri Chapter can be found at moipl.org. That ones alot easier to spell. Fun fact Renew Missouri helped create the Missouri Chapter of Interfaith Power & Light keep that one in mind.

Tyger: Yeah and another way to show the bipartisan message of the encyclical is the Evangelical Environmental Network and over 300 Rabbis have backed the Pope’s message. This is huge support coming from around the country from different religious groups not just Catholics.

Chris: What are we supposed to take from this now? Well on an individual level it’s clear what Pope Francis is asking us to do, just to be conscientious in our everyday life of the ways we can help the climate crisis; to examine our energy usage, to limit our consumption, avoiding plastic and paper products, turning off unnecessary lights, car pooling, and recycling. Just all those sorts of things we can do on an individual basis.

Tyger: Yeah and the Brookhaven National Laboratory states that two people carpooling everyday could save up to $3,400 a year, as well as cut their greenhouse emissions in half and then the energy saved from recycling a single aluminum can can be used to charge a tv for three hours.

Chris: That’s crazy, that’s like a whole half of a binge watching session.

Tyger:  Pope Francis also proposes that we take a step back and reflect on our technology use and make sure we are using it in a conscious way and not in ways that are detrimental to the world around us.

Chris: We need to all come to the table a discuss the issues that are facing our world today. Regardless of creed and regardless of affiliation it’s important for everybody to keep this in mind.  The encyclical is a catalyst that we must use to bring everyone together to help push for a greener world.  Especially here in Missouri with our great potential for renewable sources.

Tyger: Yeah, if we use our state’s natural resources like solar and wind we could potentially offset 100% of our own energy needs that would be huge for Missouri. We decide to point out the encyclical because it’s always good to keep up on international issues especially if they can impact Missouri.

Chris: Absolutely, so again we are Renew Missouri. Our web is renewmo.org and we would love to hear from you, drop us a line, like us on Facebook; that’s Facebook.com/renewmo. Send us an email at info@renewmo.org and tell us your story.

Tyger: Do you know what time it is?

Chris: What time is it Tyger?

Tyger: It’s fun time!

Chris:Yeah it is. What do we have for them Tyger?

Tyger: Heres your question. When was the Missouri branch of Interfaith Power & Light established?

Chris: Wow that’s a good one. You know Renew Missouri actually helped found the Missouri branch of Interfaith Power & Light so that should help you out. So yeah if you think you know the answer contact us and we will give you a shout on the next podcast.

Tyger: Well we’ll talk to you next time have a good rest of your day.

Chris: Thank you.

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July Renewable Report: The Papal Encyclical

Check out Renew Missouri’s latest Renewable Report about the Papal Encyclical. In the report, we discuss the Pope’s commitment to a greener planet, what was said in the Encyclical and reactions from around the U.S. and here in Missouri.

July Renewable Report

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Pope Francis talks Climate Change

In case you haven’t heard, Pope Francis is giving an encyclical (aka a papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic church) on Thursday, June 18th.

Listen to Renew Missouri’s Staff Attorney, Andrew Linhares, talk about Pope Francis’ encyclical in the video below or click here.

To read more about Pope Francis’ encyclical click here and here.
To find out more on Missouri Interfaith Power and Light, here.
Find other Interfaith Power and Light chapters, here.
To donate to Renew Missouri, click here.

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Episode 3 of This Renewable Life: Renew Missouri’s Win against Empire

Renew Missouri is introducing a series of podcasts featuring legislative updates. In this week’s episode, we discuss Renew Missouri’s recent Supreme Court win against Empire Electric, and how this win affects Empire customers in Southwest Missouri!

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Transcription below:

Lesta: Hello you’re listening to this Renewable Life

Eli: Hey this is Eli Tinker-Fortel

Lesta: And I’m Lesta NewBerry.
Eli: We both work on policy here at Renew Missouri.

Lesta: Renew Missouri as many of you know is a non-profit organization based out of Columbia, Missouri. Our mission is to transform Missouri into a leading state in renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2016.

Eli: Yep. And this is an update for our supporters to let them know what’s going on around the state and what’s new with our organization.

Lesta: Yep that’s’ right. We’re back this week to relay some info and podcast it out.

Eli: We’re gonna podcast it out

Lesta: That’s right

Lesta: This week on this renewable life we’re going to be talking about the recent Missouri Supreme Court case we won against Empire district electric company.

Eli: Yeah its really exciting

Eli: In 2008 Renew Missouri championed the passage of Proposition C, which is a ballot initiative that established Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard or RES. And we won by a margin of 66% and 66% of Missourians voted overwhelmingly to require the states biggest utilities to get 15% of their energy from renewable sources by 2021. And the RES also had several stipulations involving solar, one of them being that Investor Owned utilities (IOUs), like Ameren, Kansas City Power & Light, and Empire Electric are required to pay out solar rebates to their customers and get 2 percent of their renewable portfolio from solar by 2021.

Lesta: That’s right. And so before Prop C was passed in the voting booth, Empire knew that they would soon be required to pay solar rebates and decided to create a loophole for themselves. Empire had their lobbyists push through legislation that tried to exempt Empire, and only Empire, from having to pay solar rebates, and they have not paid a single dime since.

Eli: Well, that’s not good.

Lesta: That’s bad.

Eli: I agree that’s pretty bad.

Lesta: So what did we do about it Eli?

Eli: We have been litigating against Empire Electric.

Lesta: That’s right. Yup.

Lesta: Since Empire Electric tried to exempt themselves from the law, which their own customers voted for, Renew Missouri has been litigating against Empire Electric, just as Eli told us. Renew Missouri believes that Empire’s exemption from the RES’ solar requirements was unconstitutional and as a result, unlawfully deprived customers in Southwest Missouri of the same incentives that St. Louis and Kansas City residents were able to have.

Eli: So yeah, basically Southwest Missourians were eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, but not any of state incentives or credits. The process has been ongoing for several years, but in September our four-year long legal battle culminated with a hearing before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Eli: So Lesta, how did we do? We litigated against them and what came about it?

Lesta: Well as you know, the Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled previously that Empire was exempt from paying solar rebates because of a law passed in May of 2008. This law was called Section 393.1050, but we’re going to refer to it as “the law.” And on February 10, the Supreme Court ruled 5-2, striking down the law for two separate reasons. Eli, tell us about it.

Eli: That’s right. They struck it down. For two reasons: the Legislature couldn’t modify an initiative petition before voters had a chance to vote on it…which makes sense to me and two, since Proposition C passed later in time, it repealed and replaced 393.1050 or “the law” and now Empire must pay solar rebates as required by…

Lesta: A different law (section 393.1030).

Eli: That’s right. So, that’s really great. We were so, so excited. This legal battle has been going on for literally, years at Renew Missouri and the state Supreme Court rule in our favor so that’s really exciting. But….

Lesta: Well, after the ruling, Empire asked for a rehearing that was ultimately denied. We have filed a Motion to Compel and asked that the PSC make a decision by the 8th of April and order Empire to file their tariff by the 15th of May.

Eli: The PSC, which regulates Empire, responded on April 10th by ordering Empire to file their rebate tariff by April 30th.

Lesta: Wow, that’s great – so people in southwest Missouri will have access to rebates for solar panels soon.

Eli: Yep. That’s very true. Empire has now been formally ordered to file their tariff by April 30th.

Lesta: Wait – what’s a “tariff”?

Eli: That’s a good question. A “tariff”, in this case, is just a fancy word for what happens when a utility company formally announces something they’re going to do. So Empire filing their tariff, will that mean their customers will finally get solar rebates soon?

Lesta: Yes!  After they file their tariff, within 30 days or less, all of Empire’s customers will be able to apply for solar rebates to pay for around ⅓ the cost of installing rooftop solar.

Eli: Awesome.

Lesta: Awesome possum.

Eli: If that’s what you want to say.

Lesta: Alright, if you would like more information about this supreme court case, where should we tell them to go:

Eli: Well, there’s lots of information on this case, and we’re really excited about it so we put lots of information up on our website, which is..

Lesta: RenewMO.org

Eli: spells out renewmo.org. And you can also contact us and you should like us on Facebook at facebook.com/renewmo

Lesta: Send us an email or drop us at line at info@renewmo.org and we would love to hear your story. So if you would like to tell us, hit us up.

Eli: So yeah, if you have any personal experience with this empire case, that’d be awesome to hear from you. We’d love it.

UPDATE: Since this podcast, Empire was given an extension to file their tariff and filed their solar rebate tariff on May 5th. The next day, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved their tariff, along with the company’s motion to expedite the tariff, which means customers will be able to file their solar rebate applications on May 16th.

Empire is also back paying customers at $2/watt for systems installed before December 31st, 2014, and $1.50/watt for systems installed by June 30th of this year. To read more about the decision, click here.

Lesta: Oh boy, look at the time. Eli, what time is it?

Eli: I don’t have my watch on.

Lesta: Well I can tell you it’s fun time.

Eli: Oh, it’s fun time!

Lesta: So last week we asked our supporters “What year was the EPA established and by which president? And you know what? And the Answer is ……Nixon! In 1970. We had 2 people get it correct.

Eli: 2 people got it right. (Announces names.)

Lesta: Y’all are super smart. Thanks for listening. Thanks for speaking out and telling us your answers. Now its time for this week’s question.

Eli: This weeks question is what is the United States share of world energy consumption?

Lesta: Okay folks, so write in to us and let us know what you think the answer is and we’ll shout you out on the next podcast.

Eli: Send an email to info@renewmo.org and put in the subject line, Podcast.

Tune it next time and thanks for listening!

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Episode 2 of This Renewable Life: House Bill 481

Renew Missouri is introducing a series of podcasts featuring legislative updates. In this week’s episode, we discuss House Bill 481, which affects the system size limitations on solar installations, net metering and the the monthly true-up.

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Lesta: Hello, you are listening to….This Renewable Life

 (music plays)

Eli: Hey! I am Eli Tinker-Fortel

Lesta: And I am Lesta Newberry.

Eli: And we work on policy at Renew Missouri.

Lesta: Renew Missouri, as many of you may know is a non-profit organization based out of Columbia. Our mission is to transform Missouri into a leading state in both efficiency and renewable energy by the year 2016.

Eli: Yep! And this is an update for our supporters. To let them know what is going on around the state and what’s new at the organization.

Lesta: Yep, that’s right! So we are back again this week to relay some info and podcast it out.

Eli: We are going to podcast it out, yep.

Lesta: That’s right! So this week This Renewable Life we will be talking about House bill 481.

Eli: So House bill 481, is a bill proposed by representative TJ Berry. It removes the government-imposed limitation of 100 kilowatts for renewable energy systems with regard to net metering.

Lesta: So you might be sitting at home or in your car and listening to this awesome podcast and wondering, “What is net metering?” Well, Eli is going to tell you about it. Eli.

Eli: I am, yeah! Net metering, which Renew Missouri worked hard to bring to the state in 2007, is the policy that allows all of the consumers of electricity to invest their own money in producing part of their own power and then get full retail credit on their electric bills.

Lesta: That is really cool! So here is a little bit more background information. The current law in Missouri has enabled over 7,500 homes and businesses to install solar on their roofs during the last 7 years. But it does discriminate against larger businesses by limiting the amount of their own power that they can produce.

Eli: So there is another big part to the bill, which is, from what I understand currently, there is a monthly true-up. From what is called a monthly true-up and this bill would switch it to an annual true-up. So what does that mean?

Lesta: Well, how the annual true-up works is that, if a customer produces less than 100 percent of the energy they consumer in a given month, then their electric bill is simply the difference of what they consumed and what they produced. So basically, if they consume the monthly average for all homes in Missouri, which is about 1,000-kilowatt hours and they produce 700-kilowatt hours in a given month, then their electric bill is literally for the net amount. Which is the amount of consumption minus the amount of production and that equals what they pay.

Eli: So if they produce 700-kilowatt hours, but they consumer 1,000-kilowatt hours, then they would get the net amount. Which, lets see, 700 minus 1000, is 300.

Lesta: No that is not correct.

Eli: Oh, its 1000 minus 700, which is 300.

Lesta: 300-kilowatt hours. So they would be paying only that net amount. Under today’s current monthly true-up law they would receive only what is called a voided cost credit on their utility bill. A voided cost credit is, about 20 percent of the retail rate. Which is losing a lot of money. It is not very cost effective to solar owners.

Eli: Okay. Which is why we want to switch from the monthly true-up to the annual true-up.

Lesta: Mhmm, Mhmm. So, what do we think about this?

Eli: We’re in favor of passing house bill 481 which would remove that cap.

Lesta: Yep, that’s right!

Eli: We think the 100-kilowatt limit in its current form prohibits business growth. Larger stores like Kohls and Walmart, Home Depot, Ikea. They need this limit erased so they can put up larger’s solar systems. We do like the idea of these huge stores having solar systems.

Lesta: Yeah, wouldn’t that be great if shopping at the Kohls.

Eli: Shopping at the Kohls? Powered by solar

Lesta: Shopping at the Kohls and knowing they are powered by solar, that would be great.

Eli: We are not endorsed by Kohls. Just to make that clear.

Lesta: No, we like Home Depot, as much as Kohls. Also, this cap prohibits energy independence. We believe the freedom to choose to own your own energy generation, should not be concerned by the government. This also helps lower their operating costs. So as you can see there’s lots of benefits to businesses by eliminating this cap.

Eli: Right! We believe that allowing for choice in the market is an American value. And erasing the government restriction of 100-kilowatts and monthly true-up would help Missouri businesses.

Lesta: Yeah! That is right. And the current situation props up large monopolies at the expense of small, private businesses. So by removing these restrictions we can allow Missouri businesses to decide, for themselves, how best to meet their own energy needs.

Eli: So, currently, the bill made it through the public hearing process and during that process, in the committee meeting, three amendments were added to the bill that defeats the original purpose of the bill. Renew Missouri will continue to push for the removal of the cap and will remain in…Renew Missouri remains optimistic that the bill will exit committee as a bill that we can support.

Lesta: For sure! So if you want any more information about either house bill 481 or our organization. You can go to our website! Eli, what is the website?

Eli: Our website is renewmo.org. That is r-e-n-e-w-m-o dot org. And there because we are still not quite sure what is happening with this bill, we again are hoping that that cap will be removed and the true-up will be switched to annual. And we are thinking that will happen once it goes to committee, but we will be sure to give you updates on our website, renewmo.org. So just be sure to check back there, and from there we can let you know, sort of what you can do. So, yeah, try to check in at renewmo.org. We will be sure to keep that updated on sort of what’s going on, with the bill.

Lesta: And feel free to contact us at either Facebook or e-mail. Our facebook is…

Eli: Facebook.com/renewmo

Lesta: And our email is…

Eli: info@renewmo.org

Lesta: That’s right! Hey Eli, what time is it?

Eli: It’sssssss

Together: Fun time!

Eli: Yeah!

Lesta: Yeah! Fun time!

Eli: So last time we asked the question, “Which country is the top solar energy producer per capita?”, which I think is a great question, partially because I chose it. But, Lesta, what was the answer?

Lesta: It’s…….. Germany!

Eli: I think that is so cool because Missouri receives 1.5-kilowatt hours more sunlight than Germany. So that means, we have just as much, if not more potential to integrate solar into our state. If Germany can do it with less sunlight than Missouri, than we definitely can do it.

Lesta: So, who got this right?

Eli: Our winner this week was Kathy Rolfe, who says that Germany is the country of her heritage. That’s awesome. Good Job Kathy! Thanks for emailing us your answer! Way to go!

Lesta: Alrighty then, now its time for this weeks question. Are you ready?

Eli: I’m ready!

Lesta: Lets go!

Eli: Okay! So this weeks question is, “What year was the EPA established and by which president?”

Lesta: Hmmm, that’s a great question! I am going to go with Roosevelt, the first one.

Eli: Um, I think, Truman in the year 2001.

Lesta: Wow, alright! You know it is possible. Anyhting is possible .

Eli: No, no it is not possible.

Lesta: They are not the answer.

Eli: These aren’t the answers guys.

Lesta: Okay folks, so write into us and let us know what you think the answer is and we will shout you out on the next podcast!

Eli: And where should they write us at?

Lesta: Well you can send your email to info@renewmo.org

Eli: Cool!

Lesta: Yeah!

Eli: Oh, and just put in the subject line “Podcast”

Lesta: “Podcast”, yeah! That is right. Okay, so that’s it for this weeks Renewable Life. I’m Lesta.

Eli: And I’m Eli.

Lesta: We are signing off.

Eli: Have a great one guys!

Lesta: Thanks, bye!

Eli: Bye!

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Podcasts: This Renewable Life

Renew Missouri is introducing a series of podcasts featuring legislative updates. In this week’s episode, we discuss the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and SB142.

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Lesta: Hello, you’re listening to This Renewable Life.


Eli: Hey, I’m Eli TInker-Fortel

Lesta: …and I’m Lesta Newberry

Eli: And we work on policy at Renew Missouri.

Lesta: Renew Missouri, as many of you may know, is a non-profit organization based out of Columbia Missouri and we advocate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the state of Missouri.

Eli : Thats right, and this update is for our supporters to let them know what’s going on around the state and what’s new a Renew Missouri.

Lesta:Yep, so we’re gonna relay some of this info to you and Podcast it out!

Eli: Podcast it out, that’s right, yeah.

Lesta: So this week on, This Renewable Life, we’ll be talking about Senate Bill 142

Eli: Senate Bill 142…….

Lesta:…Why do you tell the people about it?

Eli: [Laughter] Senate Bill 142, sorry, or SB142 is a bill proposed by Senator Gary Romine. It requires the Department of Natural Resources.

Lesta: or DNR.

Eli: To prepare a regulatory impact, on month prior to DNR submitting the Missouri State Plan to comply with EPA”s.

Lesta: or the Environmental Protection Agency.

Eli: Their Clean Power Plan.

Lesta: or the CPP!

Eli: Yeah! And the the CPP is the Federal Regulation which requires states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. So basically what this means is that the EPA allows every state to chose the specifics of their plan, and this bill adds an extra step to the process. Renew Missouri’s viewpoint on this is…we like it? Right?

Lesta: Thats wrong!! This is bad! Bad news!

Eli: Because it’s against the the EPA Clean Power Plan?

Lesta: Thats right, it is! So Senate Bill 142 is  unnecessary. It wastes time and taxpayer money and the Department of Natural Resources is already required to prepare a regulatory impact report every time they propose a rule so..

Eli: So this is just making Missouri submit two of those basically?

Lesta: Yeah!

Eli: Yeah, that seems ridiculous! And we’re in favor of transparency in government, but Senate Bill 142 is just an extra step that we don’t need.

Lesta: Yeah that right, we’ve already enabled, I mean DNR is

Eli: Already

Lesta: Transparent because they already have to prepare a regulatory impact statement every time they issue a rule.

Eli: So, to me, this seems like this bill was proposed just to limit Missouri’s ability from complying with the EPA Clean Power plan, which is already required, on a federal level, Missouri has to do it. There is no way around that. And this is just a bill that is going to make that more time consuming, more costly, and it’s just an unneeded step, is what it seems like. It seems to me like it’s kind of an anti-EPA bill. So currently where is SB 142?

Lesta: So, currently Senate bill 142 has a place on the Senate calendar. It is coming attached with a senate committee substitute which is a slight, but very important change, to consider in this bill. All of the language is now neutralized. So instead of just reporting the negative impacts, the implementation impact report will include both negative and positive benefits, to everything from industries, consumers, citizens, the whole nine yards. So, it’s a step in the right direction but not to the extent of what we, Renew Missouri, would hope it to be.

Eli: So we like the state plan. Renew Missouri really, really likes the state plan. We think that reducing emissions from power plants by 30 percent is huge. And will be great on a national and state level. And it will be great for Missouri. It will create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic benefits. Just from efficiency alone, Missouri is poised to create roughly 3,900 jobs and save Missourians $180 million per year in energy cost.

Lesta: Wow! That’s a lot of money.

Eli: That’s a lot.

Lesta: That is huge.

Eli: I could use $180 million.

Lesta: Yeah, couldn’t we all. Recently, Kansas City Power and Light announced that it would close several coal plants and begin transitioning to cleaner forms of energy. Which the utility proudly admits, it is the most cost effective option for it’s customers. So what can you do about all of this? Well for starters, you can contact your representative. So Eli, why don’t you tell them how to do that?

Eli: Well, I use to be really hesitant to contact my representatives. But I’ve since learned that they really value input from citizens in the state.

Lesta: Yeah they do.

Eli: And you can give them that input by calling them, emailing them, sending them a letter or postcard even. And to find out your representatives info, a lot of us don’t know what are representatives phone numbers or addresses are, let alone their names. So how can you find out your representative’s info?

Lesta: Well, you can visit us at our website. So go to our homepage, at www.renewmo.org. Thats r-e-n-e-w-m-o dot org.

Eli: And on the homepage you can type in your zip code and it’ll pop-up with your representative’s info. Their phone number, their address, their email, everything you need to know about them. And you can send them input from there. So just send them a note, give them a call, and tell them that, you as a citizen, are opposed to Senate bill 142, SB 142. Right now the priority is to contacting your senators and try to stop it, nip in the bud. But you can also contact your representatives and let them know too. Just to double check.

Lesta: You sure can. And that’s not all you can do. You can also talk to your friends and family about the issue. Educate them just as we have educated you and get them to contact their representatives and senators and tell them No! No SB 142!

Eli: Absolutely. And if you want more info on SB 142 as well as kind of the points that we talked about, you can find that at our website and you can also always contact Renew MIssouri directly. Go to our Facebook page, facebook.com/renewmo.

Lesta: You can email us at info@renewmo.org

Eli: thats r-e-n-e-w-m-o- dot org.

Lesta: Or you can email us specifically at lesta@renewmo.org. That’s L-e-s-t-a.

Eli: And Eli, E-l-i @renewmo.org

Lesta: So yeah. Reach out to us, tell us your story. Tell us how your interaction with your state reps or senators went. Tell us.

Eli: We would love to hear if you did contact your representative.

Lesta: Oh, Eli! What time is it?

Eli: 1:21 PM. OH! Okay I am sorry. I didn’t pick up what you were saying there. It’s time for…FUN time.

Lesta: That’s right! So we are wrapping up here, we have almost ran out of time. But, we have a nice little nugget of fun.

Eli: A little treat for you, for sticking with us. For making it all the way through. Which is an accomplishment, I think.

Lesta: Yeah. I think so, too.

Eli: Good. So at the end of the month we will be hosting a trivia night in Kansas City. That’s Feurary 27th.

Lesta: And you can go to our website for more info.

Eli: What’s the website?

Lesta: It’s www.renewmo.org . So during the preparation for this trivia night we found some awesome, clean energy facts. If you know the answer for the following question, drop us a line with the answer and your name and we will give you a shout out on the next podcast.

Eli: Awesome.

Lesta: Yeah.

Eli: That’s a great treat.

Lesta: It is. Are you ready?

Eli: I’m ready.

Lesta: Alright. Let’s go. Which country is the top solar powered country per capita?

Eli: Ohhh.. That is a good one.

Lesta: That is a good one. Myanmar.

Eli: Myanmar? Cool. That’s a good guess.

Lesta: They are probably the top solar powered country.

Eli: Yeah. Well it’s per capita. So it is possible.

Lesta: Yeah, it’s possible. Anything is possible. Not really. There is only one answer and these are not it.

Eli: No that is not it. No, we know the answer and it actually is kind of surprising, for me.

Lesta: So, send us your guess and we are gonna shout, shout you out on the next podcast.

Eli: Oh yeah! That’s our big gift to you if you get the answer right. We’re gonna just, say who you are.

Lesta: Alright so, this has been This Renewable Life. I’m Lesta.

Eli: I’m Eli.

Lesta: And we are signing off.

Eli: Yeah, tune in next time guys.

Lesta: Bye!

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