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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 26, 2012 - William Pickard believes in long-range planning — at least 70 years into the future.  He foresees the economic end to earth’s fossil fuel supply before the close of this century and hopes to promote a smooth transition to an energy future fueled by renewables. But he is wary of what has been called the Achilles’ heel of renewable energy: intermittency.

Appeals Court Upholds Mo. Renewable Energy Rules

Nov 20, 2012
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A state appeals court has upheld regulations implementing Missouri’s renewable energy standard.

Kevin Gunn chairs the Missouri Public Service Commission, the state regulatory agency that developed the regulations (4 CSR 240-20.100).

Ameren Missouri plans to boost energy efficiency

Jan 20, 2012
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Updated 5:42 p.m. with comment from Ameren.

Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.

The company's filing today with the Public Service Commission would represent a complete change of course for Ameren, which had cut its energy efficiency programs from $33 million in 2011 down to as low as $5 million this year.

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Oct 7, 2011
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GM can move forward with expansion in Wentzville

General Motors can move forward on a proposed $380 million expansion of its plant in Wentzville, now that a union has approved local work rules for the plant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that members of United Auto Workers Local 2250 approved the four-year local work rules contract on Thursday. GM has said the expansion will create up to 1,850 jobs for the region. GM plans to build a new mid-size pickup at Wentzville as part of the expansion.

Among the projects available for loans through GreenHELP is installing solar energy panels.
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A Cole County judge has set aside his earlier ruling that declared solar rebates in Missouri to be unconstitutional.

The rebates were part of a renewable energy ballot initiative passed by Missouri voters in 2008.

Circuit Judge Daniel Green’s initial ruling in June stated that the $2 per-watt solar rebate was essentially a seizure of private property from St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri.  But he has temporarily vacated that ruling to allow other interested parties to file briefs in the case.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 6, 2010 - More than 20 months after Missourians voted to require electric utilities to get more of their power from renewable energy sources, rules putting the mandate in place are taking up a lot of energy in Jefferson City.

The Public Service Commission spent months putting together regulations, hearing testimony from stakeholders throughout the state, then sent its proposal to a legislative panel that was supposed to have the final say. Its deadline for action was last Friday, July 2.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Nov. 5, 2008 - All five statewide propositions on the Missouri ballot were headed for victory Tuesday night, led by a lopsided victory for the constitutional amendment requiring that official government business be conducted in English.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 16, 2008 - If you're searching for a bright spot amid the recent series of economic shocks -- nest eggs cracked, jobs lost, budgets busted, energy costs at painful levels -- proponents of Proposition C on the Nov. 4 ballot think they have an answer.

Danforth Plant Science Center is still growing after a decade

Sep 26, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 26, 2008 - This Sunday, Sept. 28, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center celebrated its 10th birthday with tours, games, science demonstrations, music and, of course, cake. Opening the greenhouses to the community, the center's employees invited everyone to explore the center and see the progress made toward achieving its mission -- to improve the human condition through plant science.

Festival helps put fun in going green

Sep 23, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 23, 2008 - Just in time to help with high energy costs, the 2008 Green Home and Renewable Energy Festival brings together a slew of energy efficiency experts Saturday to show you ways to "go green" and soften the blow of soaring prices.

The seventh annual festival, which showcases practical ways to incorporate renewable energy and sustainable practices into everyday life, has something for everybody whether you're planning to build a new home and want to go solar, retrofitting a house to make it energy efficient or considering options to a gas guzzler.