Missourian renewable energy ambitions unclear

A massive push has been made in the state of Missouri in the past few months to begin generating more clean energy to help field the state’s electricity demands. The state’s plans consist of its four primary electric utilities to begin purchasing or producing at least 2% of electricity out of clean energy sources. 2% of that amount has to come from solar energy, and the percentage will increase to 15% by the year 2021.

The proposed ballot was met with minimal opposition, as neighboring states have long since set up similar plans in place. However where the public seems supportive of the project, actually penning a functional law is a challenge that the state is yet to overcome.

Dubious costs that surround the green conversion, as well as unclear stipulations are causing the industrial side of the project to hesitate over signing the ballot. Investors are asking for clearer goals and methods before committing their funds to the cause.

The state’s largest and most prolific energy consumers have been dragging their heels on passing the ballot. Many of the companies however are willing to make the switch. With more than 80% of the state’s power coming from coal, the changes clearly need to be made. Yet a lack of a more organized plan of action is causing apprehension amongst the companies.

The state has long since been investing in clean energy projects in the nearby states, and even ventured into Canada. Yet if any viable changes are made, Missouri has to implement the green switch on its home territory. The state can certainly use the new jobs and cleaner energy alternatives that the project will cause.

The ballot has only a few months to undergo the necessary improvements before it is put up for approval. A compromise is also in the works between the investors and the state, that would consist of the state’s officials drafting a more cohesive plans for is green energy projects.

However, the possibility of green energy costing more the state’s residents in its coming stages may be another deterring factor in the equation. The ambiguity surrounding the possible spike in costs has also been turning away potential supporters.

It is becoming painfully clear that unless a more concrete set of goals and ways to achieve said goals is put to paper in an accessible manner, the state’s ballot,  however well-intentioned will be left with little else but the public’s support.

The state’s officials however remain optimistic in their ability to overcome the challenges presented.