Missouri

MISSOURI

Missouri, The Show Me State (a nickname that grew out of its people’s devotion to simple common sense), is home to over six million people and covers almost 67 thousand square acres. That land can be divided into four geographic regions. These regions are environmentally distinct. A second nickname for Missouri is the cave state, as it is home to more than 6,000 caves and the only cave restaurant in the US.

Like the rest of the world, Missouri is facing a changing climate and the environmental consequences that follow. The state’s southeastern border is created almost entirely by the Mississippi river and, as rainstorms intensify, flooding becomes a danger. In the Midwest, the amount of rainfall during the four wettest days of the year has increased by 35%, and the amount of water flowing in most streams during the worst flood of the year has risen 20%. About 220 thousand Missourians live in areas with an elevated level of flooding threat.

While flooding is projected to increase in the spring, drought threatens Missouri in summer. States at Risk, a project from Climate Central, predicts that Missouri will see a 70% increase in drought severity by 2050. The consequences are many: droughts narrow channels needed for commercial transport; the 2012 drought caused dozens of barges to run aground Missouri’s Mississippi river shoreline and cost the region more than $275 million, reduce crop yields, and particularly strain farms without irrigation systems.

Missouri consumes almost 10 times more energy than it produces, and the transportation industry accounts for almost one third of that consumption. In 2018, coal remained Missouri’s primary source of energy, fueling about 73% of Missouri’s electricity use. Nuclear energy contributed slightly more than natural gas to Missouri’s electricity needs, 12% as compared to 10%. In 2019, renewable energy accounted for 6% of the state’s energy generation.

In 2008, Missouri voters approved the Renewable Energy Standard, which set as a goal achieving a 15% proportion of renewable energy by 2021. However, the 2019 numbers suggest the state is not on track to meet this goal. Another indicator of stalled progress is the exclusion of the Missouri Renewable Energy Standard Initiative from the 2020 ballot. Missouri has not developed a climate adaptation plan. For drought, in particular, Missouri seems woefully underprepared, as the state has a comparatively high drought risk compared with other state, but ranks extremely low on measures of preparedness.

How Climate Change is Contributing to Issues Along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers

CURRENT NEWS

Increasing fire weather days in Missouri reflect changing climate trends

By Matt Beckwith 10/23/23
Those wildfires and the smoke associated with them have made headlines across the country this year. New York City's skyline turned an ominous red, and air quality across the entire country, including in mid-Missouri, was…
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Winter forecast: A warmer North, wetter South because of El Nino, climate change

By The Associated Press 10/23/23
The upcoming United States winter looks likely to be a bit low on snow and extreme cold outbreaks, with federal forecasters predicting the North to get warmer than normal and the South wetter and stormier.
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Supreme Court passes on red state challenge to Biden ‘social cost of carbon’ rule

By Zack Budryk 10/11/23
The Supreme Court will not take up a lawsuit led by the state of Missouri that sought to block the Biden administration’s “social cost of carbon” measure.
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‘It is do or die:’ Protesters rally downtown in annual Walk for the Climate

By Olivia Mahl and Cara Penquite 09/10/23
About 85 protesters huddled in front of the Boone County Courthouse Sunday, rehearsing chants, holding up signs and advocating for renewable energy and environmental protection in the annual Walk for the Climate, a rally and…
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Climate change brings heat and storms, prompting changes at outdoor cultural events

By Jeremy D. Goodwin 07/19/23
St. Louis cultural organizations that stage performances and other programming outdoors are taking steps to protect visitors and staff from extreme weather.
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Deep underground, a Missouri school’s geothermal plant is attracting national attention

By Kate Grumke 05/07/23
Behind Parkway South High School on Wednesday, students were playing kickball on what looked like a normal, grassy field. But hundreds of feet below ground, a geothermal plant was using the Earth’s temperature to heat…
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Kansas City, Missouri, seeking to be green leader in Midwest, working to reach carbon neutral goal by 2040

By Cassie Wilson 04/20/23
"What I am genuinely worried about is once we get all these folks from all over the world to come to Kansas City and see our city, eat our food, meet our people, you’re going…
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Missouri saw small gains in wind, solar energy capacity last year

By Robert Zullo 03/30/23
Nationally, electricity generated from solar and wind grew 16% from 2021, with wind accounting for about 74% of that total
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A Missouri study on bald eagles and turbines aims to find how birds and wind energy can co-exist

By Eva Tesfaye 02/27/23
Bald eagles are an American conservation success story. Conservation efforts over more than four decades allowed officials to take the bird off the endangered species list in 2007.
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Missouri Republicans Go After ‘Woke’ Investing to Prevent State Funds From Being Used in the Fight Against Climate Change The effort is a part of a framework in red states, where officials have been lobbying to prevent discrimination against fossil fuel companies or to block states from investing in ESG funds.

By Meg Cunningham 02/26/23
Some Missouri officeholders want to make sure that state funds aren’t used to promote “woke political agendas.” An effort is underway to ban state involvement with banks that prioritize climate action or other socially driven…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $64.3M for Clean Water Infrastructure Upgrades Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Missouri

By Shannan Beiser 02/24/23
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $64,321,000 to Missouri from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure through this year’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).
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Missouri Farmers Add Carbon to Their List of Crops

By Cami Koons 02/22/23
Jon Hemme farms about 1,000 acres of row crops in addition to his family’s dairy and cheese operation, Hemme Brothers Creamery in Sweet Springs, Missouri.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Ameren plans to add a lot more renewables this decade. Critics say it’s not enough

10/19/23
Electricity production accounts for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

CPower Commends Missouri Public Service Commission for Expanding Access to Virtual Power Plants

10/16/23
CPower Energy ("CPower"), the leading, national Distributed Energy Resource (DER) monetization and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) provider, today announced its support of the Missouri Public Service Commission's ("the Commission") decision to spur the development of…

Multistate wind-power line project green-lit by Missouri regulators

10/13/23
A major, multi-state energy project received approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission Thursday, advancing a years-long effort to construct a wind energy line across the Midwest.

Grain Belt Express transmission line wins final approval in Missouri

10/13/23
State regulators gave final approval Thursday to the owners of the Grain Belt Express transmission line to drop off thousands of megawatts of clean power in Missouri.

Kansas, Missouri utilities called out for regression in climate action

10/12/23
Three of the largest electric utilities in Kansas and Missouri have been called out for their regression in climate action as they plan to produce more gas-burning power plants by 2030.

Missouri utility plans major investments in natural gas, renewables, and battery storage

10/04/23
Ameren Missouri has released its 2023 Integrated Resource plan, along with updates to its 20-year plan, which calls for sizeable investments in natural gas, renewables, and battery storage.

Advancing towards a clean energy future: Missouri takes promising strides in renewable energy use

09/18/23
In early August, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm traveled to Missouri to discuss how the Department of Energy is advancing the Biden-Harris Administration's agenda to secure a clean energy future. New data shows promising strides…

Giant Airport Solar Energy Projects Take Off in Missouri, Virginia

09/14/23
Kansas City, Mo., officals are set to approve at Kansas City International Airport (KCI) a system that developers say coud generate up to 500 MW of power—the largest yet at an American airport. Under a…

Construction on largest solar farm in Missouri to start in a few months

07/14/23
Construction on the next big renewable energy project in Adair County is nearly underway.

Missouri municipal utility to launch 20-year community solar program

07/11/23
The initial framework calls for Columbia Water & Light to distribute solar energy using a net billing system from its first two projects in the municipality, Truman and Bernadette Fields, whose 1 MW of clean…

Missouri Solar Developers Explore Chapter 100 Incentives After Supreme Court Ruling

05/18/23
Over the past decade, Missouri has experienced steady growth in utility-scale solar projects[1] and developers have benefited from a property tax exemption under Section 137.100(10) of the state’s tax code. Since the statutory property tax…

Governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri throw collective support behind regional ‘hydrogen hub’ bid

04/13/23
Excitement is mounting among state leaders over the possibility that Nebraska and two neighboring states could be named a regional “hydrogen hub,” a designation that would open a door to more than $1 billion in…

Ameren Missouri receives approval to acquire new solar facility to supply local organizations with up to 100% renewable energy

04/13/23
Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), received approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission (MoPSC) to acquire, upon completion, a 150-megawatt (MW) solar facility in White County, Illinois. The solar facility is…

Bill allowing utilities to charge upfront costs to build nuclear plants advances in Missouri House

03/28/23
The repeal of a nearly 50-year-old voter-approved ban on utilities billing customers for the upfront costs of building nuclear power facilities won initial approval from the Missouri House on Monday.

50 states of solar incentives: Missouri

03/15/23
Missouri has made headway for community solar to come online, while its utility solar market has over 613 MW of advanced construction projects due to enter commercial operations through 2025.

Largest subscription solar array in Missouri now online

03/01/23
There's a new way to get solar energy into your home and it doesn't involve installing solar panels on your roof.

Ameren Missouri expanding solar generation in Show-Me State with largest project in company history

02/08/23
Today Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), takes another important step toward bringing more renewable energy to customers by announcing a key approval in the planned acquisition of the company's largest-ever solar…

From poop to power: partnership turns pig manure into energy

03/28/22
The average American eats about 50 pounds of pork each year. Much of it comes from industrial-scale hog farms that raise thousands of pigs at a time. All those animals create an enormous amount of…

Renew Missouri Announces Partnership on Home Energy Efficiency

03/24/22
Renew Missouri, a 501(c)(3) focusing on clean energy policy, believes energy efficiency makes a home more valuable and that it should be a selling point in the real estate market. In collaboration with Pearl Certification,…

Meta Selects Missouri For New $800M Hyperscale Renewable Energy Data Center

03/24/22
Meta, formerly known as the Facebook company, is building its newest hyperscale data center in Kansas City, Missouri. The company made the announcement earlier today.

Missouri lawmakers consider community solar programs

03/03/22
SB 824, sponsored by Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, would require utility providers to enact community solar pilot programs, which allow members of a community to buy-in to a nearby solar installation and receive a share…

Ameren Missouri to acquire its largest solar farm to date

02/22/22
Despite plans to invest in its largest solar facility ever, it’s unclear whether Ameren Missouri will keep up with ambitious goals for investments in renewable energy over the next few years. Ameren is working to…

New solar facility planned in Missouri following acquisition

12/28/21
As part of the development services agreement, Azimuth will continue as an active partner in the development of the site. The current development plan contemplates an 112MWdc solar farm located on ranch land in Polk…

Release of the Comprehensive State Energy Plan

04/27/20
Missouri officials released the Comprehensive State energy plan in October 2015, energizing the push for abundant, clean, and affordable energy. Click on the video below to learn highlights of the plan to give Missouri’s energy industry…

Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

04/27/20
Ameren Missouri's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a 20-year plan that supports cleaner energy in Missouri, including major expansions of solar and wind power. The IRP, which is filed every three years with the Missouri…

KEY RESOURCES

Missouri Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/11/22
With over 200 sunny days a year, Missouri is an ideal location for the installation of solar panels. Missouri residents who want to take advantage of green energy enjoy benefits such as lower energy costs,…

Missouri State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/21/21
Missouri is a transportation hub for the United States at the junction of the nation's two longest rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi. The state's infrastructure and location give shippers the ability to move raw…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Missouri

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Missouri experienced nine severe storms, three flooding events, and one drought. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Confronting Climate Change In The U.S. Midwest

04/28/20
From its more than 100,000 farms and many historic riverside cities and towns to its economy, infrastructure, and lifestyle, Missouri has been strongly shaped by its climate. However, that climate is changing due to global…

What Climate Change Means for Missouri

04/28/20
Missouri’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed one-half to one degree (F) in the last century, and floods are becoming more frequent. In the coming decades, the state will have more extremely…

Climate Change

04/28/20
Climate change in Missouri is affecting our natural resources, our health, and our livelihoods. In Missouri, we are experiencing increased flooding, agricultural pests, and more extreme weather events. An increase in high heat days (temperatures…

March 2020 Weather and Its Impacts on Missouri

04/27/20
Mild March weather dominated the Show Me state with only a few brief periods of cooler than average temperatures during the month, Figure 1. Frequent cloudy periods acted to keep overnight minimum temperatures above average…

Climate Resilience

04/27/20
Climate Change May Be The Most Important Challenge Humanity Has Ever Faced. But Together, We All Are Part Of The Solution.

Global Warming Solutions

04/27/20
We’ve taken significant steps to make sure we leave kids growing up today a cleaner, healthier planet. We refuse to let environmental progress stop—not when the reality of climate change demands we move quickly toward a…

Climate Change In Kansas City

04/27/20
How Kansas City Should Be Preparing For Climate Change.

Climate Change In Jackson County

04/27/20
An Examination Of The Health Impacts Of Climate Change.

Missouri’s Climate Threats

04/27/20
Currently, Missouri averages 15 days a year with temperatures reaching extreme and dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected to see more than 60 such days a year.

MORE NEWS

Evergy blames renewable plans, inflation for $1 billion rise in infrastructure plans

By Allison Kite   01/11/23  
One of the largest electric utilities in Kansas and Missouri says inflation and plans to add more renewable energy are to blame for the ever-rising estimated cost of its next few years of infrastructure investments.
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After a year of extreme floods and severe drought, what is Missouri doing about climate change?

By Gabrielle Hays   11/03/22  
Josh Payne counts back six generations and beyond when he thinks about how long his family have been farmers. But after years of unpredictable weather, including droughts, record-breaking rainfall and flooding in the Show Me…
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Ameren Missouri updates comprehensive plan to safeguard long-term energy reliability and resiliency for Missourians

06/23/22  
Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), is announcing an update to its 20-year energy plan to ensure reliability and resiliency for customers for years to come. The updated plan accelerates clean energy…
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Missouri ranks 7th in electric vehicle use, but access to charging remains a key barrier

By Meg Cunningham and Others   05/23/22  
Beto Lugo-Martinez is a grassroots activist who advocates for clean air. A big part of his work is fighting the expansion of “gas guzzling” vehicles and making sure that historically underserved communities receive infrastructure updates,…
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EWG: In the Mississippi River region, retiring frequently flooded fields could save billions in crop insurance payouts

03/23/22  
Farmers received almost $1.5 billion in federal crop insurance payments from 2001 to 2020 for flood-related crop losses in the Mississippi River Critical Conservation Area, a region increasingly afflicted with more frequent flooding linked to…
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Missouri farmers received billions in crop insurance payouts due to extreme weather

By Shahla Farzan   03/15/22  
The analysis from the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, found more than 80% of all crop insurance payouts in Missouri over the past two decades were due to crop damage caused by drought or…
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Farmers feeling impact of high fuel prices in daily operations, trying to find ways to save

By Sarah Plake   03/15/22  
Just about everything a farmer does on the farm requires some type of vehicle. They use tractors and combines for planting and harvesting. They use trucks to transport hay and for all kinds of other…
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Columbia falls short of 2021 renewable energy goals

By Komlavi Addisem   02/23/22  
The 2022 Renewable Energy Plan has been released, and things are not looking good for the city’s short-term renewable energy goals. The city did not meet its goal for renewable energy usage last year, and…
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Winters are getting warmer across the Midwest. That’s affecting Missouri farmers

By Shahla Farzan   02/17/22  
When Richard Oswald was growing up in northwestern Missouri in the 1950s, his dad had a firm rule: Don’t plant corn until mid-May, when the first oak leaves of spring are the size of squirrels’…
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December 2021 Was the Warmest on Record in Missouri and Kansas — By a Long Shot

By Allison Kite   01/18/22  
Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced power outages across the Midwest,…
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Overlapping Disasters Expose Harsh Climate Reality: The U.S. Is Not Ready

By Christopher Flavelle, Anne Barnard, Brad Plumer and Michael Kimmelman   09/20/21  
In Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly one million people lack electricity and drinking water after a hurricane obliterated power lines. In California, wildfire menaces Lake Tahoe, forcing tens of thousands to flee.
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Mississippi Recognizes Clean Energy Week 2021

By National Clean Energy Week   09/09/21  
 Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has issued a proclamation recognizing September 20-24, 2021 as Clean Energy Week in the state in conjunction with National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) 2021.  
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USDA devotes $25 million to boost MO’s renewable energy infrastructure

By Steve Scott   09/09/21  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is devoting more than 25-million-dollars to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure in Missouri.
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Missouri’s largest wind farm isn’t running at night for fear of killing endangered animals

By Allison Kite   09/09/21  
Every night for months, turbines at Missouri’s largest wind farm sit idle to avoid killing endangered and threatened bats.
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MDA grants help support Mississippi recycling and reuse projects

By Haley Rischar   09/07/21  
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has recently announced the winners of the “Pitch in the V-Quad” competition, an opportunity for Mississippi innovators to showcase potential advancements in energy and agriculture technology.
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New Missouri Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

09/07/21  
The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) recently announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program (BIIP) to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. Funds will be awarded to…
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Rep. AGs appeal social costs of greenhouse gas lawsuit

By Sebastien Malo   09/03/21  
Missouri's attorney general and his Republican peers from a dozen states have appealed the ruling of a St. Louis federal judge who tossed their claims alleging that President Joe Biden exceeded his powers in an…
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Ordinance would essentially ban wind farms in Boone County

By James Owen   09/01/21  
Boone County residents value clean, affordable wind energy as an important part of our future. In a statewide ballot measure supporting a renewable energy standard, county voters supported it by a two-thirds majority.
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Scientists detail role of climate change in Ida’s intensity

By Zack Budryk and Rachel Frazin   08/31/21  
A combination of climate-related factors such as warm ocean temperatures and increased sea level rise helped fuel Hurricane Ida and its path of destruction, scientists said.
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Climate change is making hurricanes stronger, slower and wetter. Ida checked all the boxes

By Rachel Ramirez   08/30/21  
Human-caused climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous. They are producing more rainfall, moving slower once they make landfall and generating larger storm surges along the coast. Hurricane Ida was a prime example of those changes, and scientists…
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Missouri Wetlands Could Hold Smallest Weapon For Fighting Climate Change

By Arpita Bose and Emily Davenport   08/25/21  
But the discovery that they are also in fresh water wetlands could open the door to a natural means of sequestering carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming.
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Embracing energy sustainability becoming focus for businesses

By Alex Simone   08/21/21  
Northwest Missouri isn’t often thought of as a hub for alternative energy utilization, some local companies are making large commitments to go carbon-negative. Smithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy celebrated the 10th anniversary last…
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Missouri to get $9 billion+ from federal infrastructure package — where will the money go?

By Gallen Bacharier   08/18/21  
Missouri is expected to receive more than $9 billion in federal infrastructure funding over the next five years, part of the trillion-dollar bipartisan package that has been the center of debate and policymaking in Congress for months.
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Hog manure makes renewable energy

08/18/21  
Smithfield Foods and Roeslein Alternative Energy marked their 10 years of partnership by completing installation of renewable natural gas technology on nearly all Smithfield company-owned farms in Missouri.
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Climate Change Driving ‘Unprecedented’ Warming And Precipitation In Missouri

By Shahla Farzan   08/17/21  
The planet is warming at a dangerously fast rate, according to a landmark report from the United Nations released this month.
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Missouri, Kansas lost thousands of clean energy jobs last year, report says

By Allison Kite   08/17/21  
After several years of continual gains, Kansas and Missouri lost more than 7,200 combined clean energy jobs last year — primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Decarbonized Buildings & Vehicles Create Good Missouri Jobs

By Gabrielle Habib and Ashok Gupta   08/15/21  
Eliminating carbon emissions from our building and transportation sectors will be critical to maintaining a healthy and livable climate. This week’s IPCC report makes it clear that heat waves will continue to worsen — so…
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Infrastructure bill could mean more Missouri green jobs

By Mark Ossolinski   08/15/21  
President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bill targeted at revamping the country’s infrastructure could create jobs for Missourians in the state’s booming renewable energy sector.
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Governor signs bill enacting new oversight over Missouri clean energy loan program

By Jason Hancock   07/29/21  
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed legislation enacting new consumer protections for a clean energy loan program that has drawn criticism that it disproportionately harms borrowers in predominantly Black neighborhoods.
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Missouri’s Path to a Clean Energy Future

By Gabrielle Habeeb and Ashok Gupta   07/27/21  
Missouri has cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent since 2005—despite being the number two state in the country for coal use in electricity generation. In the coming decade, Missouri must double down to…
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Missouri on cusp of moving toward renewable energy

By Mark Ossolinski   07/19/21  
After years spent lagging behind its neighbors in renewable energy production, Missouri may finally be on the cusp of a green makeover of its power grid.
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Missouri Finally Mining Untapped Potential With Move Toward Renewable Energy

By Mark Ossolinski   07/14/21  
After years spent lagging behind its neighbors in renewable energy production, Missouri may finally be on the cusp of a green makeover of its power grid.
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Renewable energy group challenges Mississippi Power plan that sidelines solar

By William Driscoll   06/21/21  
The group called on regulators to reject the plan and asked why solar — at a near-term cost of $20 per MWh — was not selected over an existing fossil generator at $51.70 per MWh.…
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Mississippi’s move toward long-term energy planning could boost efficiency

By Energywire   06/18/21  
Renewables, storage and energy efficiency may get a stronger foothold in Mississippi after utility regulators last week took an unprecedented move to create a formal long-term energy planning process for the electric companies they regulate.
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100 turbines on 13,000 acres: Mississippi OKs first wind turbine electricity facility

By Brian Broom   06/10/21  
The Mississippi Public Service Commission has cleared the way for Mississippi to see its first wind turbine facility to generate electricity in the Delta.
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Offshore wind power in Gulf of Mexico? Possibility for areas off Mississippi, other states

By Janet McConnaughey   06/09/21  
 President Joe Biden's administration wants to know whether offshore wind companies want to move into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Hot, dry conditions prompt early warnings of fire danger, low rivers

By Laura LundquistMay   05/17/21  
After the pandemic winter kept Montanans more isolated than usual, a few hot days have helped dispel the COVID cabin fever. The downside is they’ve also worsened the drought that could make for a crispy…
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As the Climate Warms, Could the U.S. Face Another Dust Bowl?

By Nathaniel Scharping   05/13/21  
Growing up in rural Iowa in the 1990s, Isaac Larsen remembers a unique herald of springtime. The snowbanks piled along roads, once white or gray, would turn black. The culprit was windblown dust, stirred from…
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Messenger: Connecting Missouri River to its flood plain is key in urban and rural areas

By Tony Messenger   05/10/21  
One of the most beautiful spots in the St. Louis area is a 1,400-acre patch of former farmland known as Cora Island. It is bordered on one side by the Missouri River and the other…
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Climate Change Is Resetting The Clock For Missouri Wildflowers. Will It Affect Their Survival?

By Shahla Farzan   05/07/21  
To some, the bundle of yellowing pages might have looked like trash. But Peter Hoch suspected the notes tucked away in the Missouri Botanical Garden archives could be something special. “One of the archivists came…
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Conservation officials invite Missourians to help track and protect native bumblebees

By Sara Karnes   05/05/21  
Bumblebees are critical pollinators, but their populations are rapidly declining, conservationists say. The bees are some of the more well-known pollinators due to size and loud buzzing.
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Wind farms nearing completion in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas

By John Hacker   01/17/21  
People traveling north at night on the Missouri Highway 249 might notice a row of dozens of red lights blinking in unison on the far north horizon as they approach the Webb City and Carterville…
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Proposals to prohibit natural gas bans may threaten cities’ clean energy goals

By Karen Uhlenhuth   01/15/21  
Kansas and Missouri may become the next states to block cities from banning natural gas, with hearings on legislation in both states expected soon.
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Ameren Missouri Purchases Second Wind Energy Facility In Northwestern Missouri

By Chad Davis   01/15/21  
A wind energy facility in northwestern Missouri will allow Ameren Missouri to provide more clean energy to its customers. Ameren purchased the Atchison Renewable Energy Center as part of its $1.1 billion investment in wind…
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Utilities turning to solar power operations in Missouri, Kansas

By John Hacker   01/12/21  
Two area utilities are adding solar power to their portfolios of electrical generation to meet the needs of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The first of the two solar operations will come online in the…
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Companies Seek to Green the Grid With Trash Gas

By Ryan Dezember   12/28/20  
Missouri hardly produces any natural gas, unless you count the hogs. The methane wafting from the manure ponds at swine farms across the state is increasingly funneled into pipelines and delivered to power plants and…
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Does the state need to take action to deal with the climate?

By Mark Horvit   10/20/20  
Mid-Missouri’s state Senate race and three Missouri House of Representatives races are contested in the Nov. 3 general election. In the Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden faces Democrat Judy Baker.
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Micro-climates may help save plant species as global temperatures rise

By Angela Hutti   10/15/20  
Missouri Botanical Garden researchers are using the diverse landscape at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri to find what kind of landscapes can buffer plants against climate change.
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Vote for the Climate?

By Mark Haim   10/14/20  
Perhaps you’ve seen them? They’ve been popping up around CoMo like mushrooms after a Missouri spring rain — forest-green yard signs that read “Vote for the Climate.” Some people have been asking, “How do I…
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Ameren’s renewable energy plan sparks questions about costs and its coal plants

By Bryce Gray   10/11/20  
Industry experts, in the wake of an $8 billion renewable energy plan released by Ameren, are questioning how the region’s electric monopoly could both pay for substantial new wind and solar projects and also cover…
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