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

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

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.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

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

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

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.

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…

Rep. AGs appeal social costs of greenhouse gas lawsuit

By Sebastien Malo  Photo: Vincent West , Reuters   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…

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.

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…

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.

Embracing energy sustainability becoming focus for businesses

By Alex Simone  Photo: Roeslein Alternative Energy   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…

Missouri to get $9 billion+ from federal infrastructure package — where will the money go?

By Gallen Bacharier  Photo: Nathan Papes , Springfield - News Leader   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.

Hog manure makes renewable energy

Photo: Mindy Ward   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  Photo: Carolina Hidalgo , St. Louis Public Radio   08/17/21  
The planet is warming at a dangerously fast rate, according to a landmark report from the United Nations released this month.

Missouri, Kansas lost thousands of clean energy jobs last year, report says

By Allison Kite  Photo: Allison Kite , Missouri Independent   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.

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…

Infrastructure bill could mean more Missouri green jobs

By Mark Ossolinski  Photo: Allison Kite , Missouri Independent   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.

Governor signs bill enacting new oversight over Missouri clean energy loan program

By Jason Hancock  Photo: Tim Bommel , House Communications   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.

Missouri’s Path to a Clean Energy Future

By Gabrielle Habeeb and Ashok Gupta  Photo: Carol M. Highsmith , Flickr   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…

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.

Missouri Finally Mining Untapped Potential With Move Toward Renewable Energy

By Mark Ossolinski  Photo: Paul Schloesser , Missouri Information Corps   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.

Renewable energy group challenges Mississippi Power plan that sidelines solar

By William Driscoll  Photo: ddtach , Flickr   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.…

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.

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.

Offshore wind power in Gulf of Mexico? Possibility for areas off Mississippi, other states

By Janet McConnaughey  Photo: Michael Dwyer , AP   06/09/21  
 President Joe Biden's administration wants to know whether offshore wind companies want to move into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hot, dry conditions prompt early warnings of fire danger, low rivers

By Laura LundquistMay  Photo: Laura Lundquist   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…

As the Climate Warms, Could the U.S. Face Another Dust Bowl?

By Nathaniel Scharping  Photo: John Moore / Getty Images   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…

Messenger: Connecting Missouri River to its flood plain is key in urban and rural areas

By Tony Messenger  Photo: 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…

Climate Change Is Resetting The Clock For Missouri Wildflowers. Will It Affect Their Survival?

By Shahla Farzan  Photo: 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…

Conservation officials invite Missourians to help track and protect native bumblebees

By Sara Karnes  Photo: Dan Chiles   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.

Wind farms nearing completion in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas

By John Hacker  Photo by Laurie Sisk   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…

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.

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…

Utilities turning to solar power operations in Missouri, Kansas

By John Hacker  Photo by Laurie Sisk   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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

Ameren’s renewable energy plan sparks questions about costs and its coal plants

By Bryce Gray  Photo by David Carson   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…

Missouri climate activists look ahead to November election

By Matt McCabe   10/04/20  
Missouri climate activists are asking voters to learn more about climate change before they head to the polls on election day. Groups gathered at Fourth and Cherry Street on Sunday for a bike ride in…

Opinion: Missouri Public Power and Public Gas utilities deserve our thanks

By John Twitty   10/04/20  
On Oct 4-10,  86 communities across Missouri will observe Public Power Week, celebrating the benefits of their hometown electric utilities. These community-owned hometown utilities serve more than 800,000 Missourians, providing homes, businesses, and local government…

Inside Clean Energy: Net Zero by 2050 Has Quickly Become the New Normal for the Largest U.S. Utilities

By Dan Gearino  Photo by Stephanie Keith   10/01/20  
In 2018, when Xcel Energy became the first large U.S. utility to pledge to get to net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, I wondered how long it would take for those kinds of commitments to become the…

Missouri Farmers Increasingly Look To Solar To Power Their Operations

By Jonathan Ahl   09/30/20  
Chris Bohr’s farm in Martinsburg, Missouri, has hundreds of acres of soybeans and corn. It also has a 5,000 head hog barn that requires a lot of electricity to power its ventilation system, cooling fans…

Ameren Missouri’s Future Is in Clean Energy

By Ashok Gupta Gabrielle Habeeb  Photo by Carol M. Highsmith   09/30/20  
Ameren Missouri recently released an ambitious long-term strategic plan (Integrated Resource Plan or IRP) that will significantly cut carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy resources like wind, solar and storage. The utility is following…

Ameren Announces New Plans to Emphasize Renewable Energy

By Associated Press   09/28/20  
Ameren plans to invest $8 billion in renewable projects during the next two decades, with a goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across Missouri and Illinois, the energy company announced Monday.

Ameren Missouri Joins Midwest Plan For Electric Charging Stations Along Interstates

By Chad Davis   09/28/20  
Ameren Missouri will build a network of electric charging stations along Interstates 70, 40 and 55 by the end of the year. Ameren Missouri is among six Midwest utilities planning to build charging stations in…

University of Missouri lands USDA grant for energy audits

09/24/20  
The University of Missouri is the recipient of a $98,195 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to conduct energy audits for agriculture producers and rural small businesses throughout Missouri.  

Climate activists walk for change

By Kit Wiberg   09/20/20  
Citizens gathered to protest for environmental action at the Boone County Courthouse on Sunday in downtown Columbia. The event started with a rally where several speakers talked about the need for action to help the…

Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…

Major wind farm in Missouri goes online

By Dave Kovaleski   05/21/20  
The Tenaska Clear Creek Wind Farm In Northwest Missouri Is Fully Operational As Of May 4. The Facility – Which Generates 242-megawatt (Mw) Of Wind Power – Is Located North Of Maryville In Nodaway County.…

Missouri Wind Farm Begins Commercial Operation

By Matthew Mercure   05/19/20  
Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a 242 MW wind farm in northwest Missouri, has achieved commercial operation. Located north of Maryville in Nodaway County, Tenaska Clear Creek comprises 111 Vestas turbines across approximately 31,000 acres.

Missouri River Drought Was Its Worst in 1,200 Years, Study Finds

By Jordan Davidson   05/12/20  
For the first decade of the 2000s, the Missouri River, the nation's longest river, was drier than it's been in more than 1,200 years. The culprit is the climate crisis, according to a new study…

Missouri Botanical Garden helps local residents go solar

By Sarah Kennedy   05/10/20  
The Missouri Botanical Garden has long been a trusted resource for information about plants and gardening. Now, local residents can turn to the garden to learn more about going solar. “One of the things that…