Renewable Energy

The Division of Energy works to advance the use and adoption of clean renewable energy technologies across the state, which helps preserve our natural resources, creates jobs and stimulates local economies.

Common Renewable Energy Topics

The hyperlinks below represent the Division of Energy's most frequent information requests and accessed pages on renewable energy.

Missouri Renewable Energy Standard

Missouri voters approved the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) law by passage of Proposition C on November 4, 2008.  The RES requires Missouri’s regulated electric utilities to meet defined percentages of total retail electrical sales by renewable resources starting in 2011. Compliance can be by means of self-generated or purchased electricity generated from renewable energy sources or by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs). 

The Division of Energy (DE) has statutory authority to certify no undue adverse impacts of renewable electric generation facilities on air, water or land use, including impacts associated with the gathering of generation feedstocks (393.1030.4, RSMo). The following tables list all renewable energy generation facilities DE has certified as of December 15, 2016.


Biomass includes a multitude of resources; from agricultural and forestry residues to organic componentsof municipal and industrial wastes. Missouri is host to a considerablevarietyof biomass resources and uses.     

For basic information on biomass energy technologies and resources please see the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Technologies Basics website.

Solar Energy

Solar energy can be broken down into two categories; solar electric and solar thermal. Solar electric consists of photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) that produces electricity. Solar thermal technologies capture the sun's thermal energy for water or space heating. For passive solar building design please see Publication 1293

For basic information on solar energy energy technologies and resources please see the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Basics website.

Wind Energy

Wind Energy is typically harnessed through the use of wind turbines and wind mills to produce electricity, charge batteries, pump water, or historically to mill grains. The most common use in Missouri is to produce electricity.

For basic information on Wind Energy technologies and resources please see the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Energy Basics website.