Missouri Senators Opt for Target, Instead of Mandate, on Renewable Energy

Jefferson City, Missouri [Associated Press] The Republican-led Senate shot down a proposed mandate that electric utilities make more use of renewable energy sources, instead endorsing a bill Monday that would set goals for only certain utilities to try to meet. Democrats and Republicans alike this year are touting the need to tap into renewable energy sources, such as the sun, wind, water and agricultural products. But Republicans are reluctant to set a requirement, which is preferred by many Democrats, because of fears it could lead to higher costs. A Democratic amendment to require all electric utilities to get at least 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021 was defeated on a 22-10 vote, with Sen. Frank Barnitz, of Lake Spring, the only Democrat voting in opposition with Republicans.
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