They’re Back: Missourians for Cleaner and Cheaper Energy
It wasn’t too long ago that the “Clean Energy Initiative” was almost dropped from the November election ballot. You may remember this initiative as the law that would require 2 percent of Missouri’s electricity be derived from renewable energy by 2011, with 15 percent being required by 2021 (with at least 2 percent being solar). To top it off, electricity rates can only increase 1 percent each year, somehow. I assume magic and/or sorcery will be involved.
Members of Missourians for Cleaner and Cheaper Energy were ready to do battle with the utility companies until November, but there’s just one problem: The utility companies have yet to oppose the measure. This is an unexpected turn of events. Imagine the MCCE’s shock after finally making it onto the ballot, then finding no opposition. It would be like Clubber Lang not showing up for the end of Rocky III.
According to the Kansas City Star (link via John Combest), the initiative looks as though it will pass without any problems now. If the measure achieves what it promises, Missouri should be in great shape. But I am suspicious that energy prices will rise beyond the 1-percent promissory increase. They may call it something else in the ballot language, but either way, I will have to pay more. I’m sure a bit of the proposed 12-percent rate hike will go toward renewable energy standards.
So, when considering the little energy initiative that could, find out how the law will affect you and whether the advancements it promises are worth the price.