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What We Do
Division of Energy Staff
- Collect and report Missouri energy data, and conduct energy policy research and analysis
- Maintain Missouri's plan for energy emergencies
- Give technical and financial assistance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to state and local governments, school districts, and other consumers
- Support market research and demonstration projects that advance the use of clean, domestic energy resources and technologies, such as solar, biomass, alternative fuels, and wind to power Missouri's buildings and vehicles
- Provide information and research on energy issues to all Missourians, such as students and homeowners
Division of Energy Programs
- Energy Policy and Resources: Policy research, planning and analysis, utility regulatory proceedings, energy efficiency collaborative, energy bulletins, renewable energy standard certifications, building code and energy resources assessments, energy supplies, prices and emergency response. The section also works with PACE boards and financing organizations, communities and stakeholders.
- Energy Efficiency: Implements programs, state government energy efficiency, state fleet efficiency and alternative fuels, certification of home energy auditors, the Missouri Home Energy Certification Program, evaluation of loan application projects and potential DED program applicants, industrial, hospital and agriculture efficiency initiatives, and technical and financial assistance.
- Weatherization Assistance Program: Implement federal weatherization program and utility weatherization funds for low-income, elderly and disabled.
- Fiscal and Administrative: Budget, accounting, energy revolving loan fund, building operator certification, human resources, reporting.
Energy Facts and Accomplishments
- Missouri is home to more than 7,500 energy solutions firms, providing jobs to more than 117,000 workers
- State agencies have reduced energy use by 22 percent since 2009.
- Since 2009, renewable energy production has increased by 1 million megawatt hours or 500%.
- Missouri has the 6th Lowest Industrial Electricity Rates (Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings Report)
- Missouri ranked 11th nationally in 2014 solar growth – the state added 73 megawatts of solar electric capacity last year
- Missouri’s clean energy economy created 2,000 new jobs between 2013 and 2014
- The Butler Solar Energy Farm, operational since March 2013, is the state's first utility-scale solar electric installation with a capacity of 3.05 MW.
- Missouri ranks #2 in the nation in number of professional sports facilities with installed solar systems (Royals, Cardinals & Chiefs)
- Two Missouri colleges offer wind turbine technician training (Vatterott College and Pinnacle Career Institute, both in KC)
- EaglePicher Technologies in Joplin designed the batteries that are powering the Mars Rover. EaglePicher also supplied the batteries for the first Explorer 1 satellite.
- Missouri is home to six ethanol plants, all located north of the Highway I-70 corridor.
- As of August 2012, Missouri ranked 13th in the nation in ethanol production, with 271 million gallons produced a year.
- Missouri had eight biodiesel production facilities with a production capacity of approximately 250 million gallons in 2012.
- Missouri has six utility scale wind farms in Northwest Missouri with a combined generating capacity of 460 MW.
- According to the American Wind Energy Association, the wind resource in Missouri is ranked 13th in the U.S. and has the potential to provide more than nine times the state's electricity needs.