Release of the Comprehensive State Energy Plan
Missouri officials released the Comprehensive State energy plan in October of 2015, energizing the push for abundant, clean, and affordable energy. Click on the video below to learn highlights of the plan to give Missouri’s energy industry a sustainable future.
About the Comprehensive State Energy Plan
In 2014, Governor Jay Nixon, signed Executive Order 14-06 charging the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Energy, with developing the state’s first comprehensive energy plan, by May 31, 2015. The overarching goal of the plan is to "chart a course toward a sustainable and prosperous energy future that will create jobs and improve Missourian's quality of life." Governor Nixon’s leadership continues to produce tangible results.
Developing the Comprehensive Statewide Energy Plan
The Division of Energy hosted seven public meetings across the state during the month of October for the purpose of informing the public about the planning process, facilitating Steering Committee discussions, and encouraging public comment. Each public meeting focused on a different energy topic, as defined in Energy Topic Definitions. For a synopsis of all seven meetings click on Statewide Public Meetings Summary. By clicking on each of the meeting locations you will be able to access the agenda, meeting summary, presentation slides, and videos from each meeting.
- St. Louis (Topic: Energy Usage)
- Fort Leonard Wood (Topic: Energy Security & Assurance; Energy Storage)
- Joplin (Topic: Energy Resources in Emergencies; Energy Distribution)
- Kansas City (Topic: Energy Pricing and Rate Setting Processes)
- Maryville (Topic: Fuels & Resource Extraction; Energy/Water Nexus)
- Sikeston (Topic: Energy Related Land Use)
- Kirksville (Topic: Electric Generation)
The Division of Energy established a Steering Committee that represents a broad spectrum of interests to serve as a sounding board and guide for Energy Plan development. The Steering Committee was asked to participate in public meetings and to share their expertise in subsequent working groups.
The Division of Energy established six technical Working Groups composed of interested and knowledgeable stakeholders who are being asked to identify research information, published papers, and data that will help inform and direct development of the plan. Working Groups may also be asked to help draft and/or review topic-specific sections of the plan. The topical areas of the six technical Working Groups correspond to the energy topics identified in Executive Order 14-06. For an overview of the working groups, topics, purpose and schedule, click here.
- Electricity Generation, Fuels, and Resource Extraction
- Energy Distribution and Storage
- Energy Usage
- Energy and the Environment
- Energy Pricing and Rate Setting Processes
- Energy Security, Assurance and Resources in Emergencies
Comprehensive Statewide Energy Plan News Releases
Energy Facts & 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 Gov. Nixon signed Executive Order in 2009.
- Since 2009, renewable energy production has increased by one million megawatt hours or 500 percent.
- 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, Rams & 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.
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