Missouri Governor Signs Legislation to Use Renewable Energy

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed legislation to increase the use of renewable energy from sources such as wind, hydroelectricity, solar power, hydrogen, and biomass.

Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Chris Koster, creates renewable energy targets for utilities. The legislation sets targets for utilities to meet a 4% renewable energy target by 2012, 8% by 2015 and 11% by 2020.

The legislation also requires the Office of Administration to ensure that at least 70% of the new vehicles purchased for the state fleet are flex fuel and allows municipal landfills to accept yard waste in order to create bioreactors to produce methane gas.

“This legislation furthers my commitment to Missouri’s Green Power Initiative by increasing energy production in our state while practicing responsible environmental stewardship by increasing the use of renewable energy,” Gov. Blunt said.

Previously, the governor has signed alternative fuel legislation for Missouri requiring that gasoline sold in Missouri be blended with 10 percent ethanol by 2008.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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