Cross-posted at Daily Kos
Missourians and national groups alike have been calling for mandatory Renewable Electricity Standards (RES). No other policy is as effective at spurring the development of renewable energy.
Unfortunately, Missouri is missing this opportunity, as our elected leaders have not yet passed this critical law. Two-thirds of Missourians support an RES, so it’s up to us to bring this issue to Missouri voters.
Help get the Clean Energy Initiative on Missouri’s November 2008 ballot!
Currently, Missouri gets 86% of our electricity from coal — all of which is imported from out of state. The Clean Energy Initiative is a mandatory RES that would require investor-owned electric utilities to purchase electricity from renewable sources — solar, wind, landfill gas and biomass — equaling at least 2% of retail sales by 2011 and increasing incrementally to at least 15% by 2021.
The Clean Energy Initiative also includes a cost containment provision to cap any potential rate increase for Missouri consumers at 1%.
The Clean Energy Initiative is being supported by Renew Missouri, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, League of Conservation Voters, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, the Sierra Club, and others.
To lessen our reliance on coal, to fight climate change, and to bring renewable energy jobs to the state, please help collect signatures to place this important initiative on the November 2008 ballot.
As we are near the May 4 signature deadline, your help gathering signatures is needed now! If you are in Missouri, you can find your local regional signature gathering headquarters here:
If you live outside Missouri, we can still use your help. Visit www.RenewMO.org to donate to the campaign and to support renewable energy.