Washington, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced a significant step forward in bringing clean, renewable energy to the people of Missouri with the collection of 170,000 petition signatures to create a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) in the state. Ninety-two thousand signatures are required to add the RES initiative to the November ballot. In a broad-based display of public support for clean energy, more than 400 volunteers statewide worked to collect the signatures. The initiative is supported by a broad coalition of state and national environmental groups, labor organizations and businesses including Missouri Votes Conservation, Renew Missouri, AWEA, SEIU, AFSCME, and the state's second largest utility, Kansas City Power & Light.
“This initiative gives Missourians an opportunity to vote for a clean energy future this November,” said Navin Nayak, director of LCV’s Global Warming program. “It will also force candidates in Missouri to take a visible stand – either they want to move Missouri forward or they want to keep us tied to the failed energy policies of the past.”
The initiative, if passed by a majority of Missouri voters in November, will require large, investor-owned utilities to generate or purchase 15 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable energy sources like wind or solar by the year 2020. Renewable Electricity Standards are a vital component of any plan to reduce global warming pollution. In the absence of federal action, similar standards have already been passed in 25 states, including neighboring Illinois.
“The nation is facing a growing energy crisis and it's time to put forward serious solutions," Nayak continued. "We expect Missourians to embrace this opportunity to chart a new course on energy."
For more information on LCV and The Heat is On, visit www.heatison.org.