I'm very excited that Scott's Contracting has offered to make allow Renew Missouri to become contributors to the St. Louis Renewable Energy blog. Before we start making substantive posts regarding our statewide policy efforts in Missouri, I wanted to take some time and explain a bit about who Renew Missouri is, what we do on a daily basis, and how you can get involved.
Founded in 2006 by our Director PJ Wilson, Renew Missouri is a policy organization dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency. We are guided by our organizations mission:
To transform Missouri into a leading state in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency by 2016.
|Mark Walter Deputy Director http://www.renewmo.org/staff.html|
Also, we were the political force behind the Renewable Energy Standard ballot initiative in 2008, which mandated that Missouri's investor owned utilities get 15% of their energy from renewable sources by 2021. The RES passed with a whopping 66% of Missourians in support, and it's the law responsible for all of the solar rebates in our state.
With the advent of the solar industry, Renew Missouri also worked hard to spin off other industry organizations like the Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association (MOSEIA), Missouri Interfaith Power and Light (MO-IPL), to help strengthen the conversation about renewables and energy efficiency.
Unfortunately, we also have to spent a significant amount of time protecting the laws that we helped pass against legal attacks and legislation that would render it useless. This past year, for example, we took Empire Electric to the Supreme Court for refusing to ever pay solar rebates in their territory. We haven't heard the verdict from the Justices yet, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for a positive outcome. You can read more about it here.
We plan to keep working hard to transform the energy landscape in Missouri to be cleaner, more sustainable, and better for the health and welfare of Missouri, but we need your help! Subscribe to our newsletter on the website, attend our events, volunteer to help out, and donate to the cause! We look forward to a future when Missouri doesn't rely on $1.6 BILLION of imported coal for its energy needs, and you can help us get there with your support!
Thanks for taking the time, and I look forward to meeting you all in person at a St. Louis event in the future!