Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Appeals Court Upholds PSC's Rules on Renewable Energy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Appeals Court Upholds PSC's Rules on Renewable Energy

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A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday upheld Public Service Commission rules outlining how the state's renewable energy law is implemented.

The opinion from the Western District Court of Appeals reverses a lower court order concerning the impact of the green power mandate on electric rates. Earlier this year, a Cole County Circuit Court judge had declared the rules "unlawful and unreasonable" and remanded the matter back to the PSC.

Tuesday's court decision is a victory both for the PSC, which spent months developing the rules, and renewable energy advocates, who filed a brief on the commission's behalf.

Henry Robertson, a lawyer representing Renew Missouri, said the lower court ruling could have had a "crippling effect" on efforts to advance green power in the state if it had been upheld.

Missouri voters approved the state's renewable energy standard by a 2-1 ratio in 2008. The law requires Ameren and other for-profit utilities to gradually increase the use of renewable energy through 2021, when 15 percent of their power must come from wind, sun and other renewable resources. …

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