Upholding Renewable Energy Standards in Missouri

Overview

Renew Missouri successfully litigated against an electric company and the Public Service Commission to enforce Missouri's Renewable Energy Standard, which was passed by ballot initiative and required that all publicly regulated utilities offer solar rebates to their customers. Despite the clear mandate of the Renewable Energy Standard, the Missouri legislature and the Public Service Commission attempted to exempt one electric company from its solar requirements. As a result of Renew Missouri's efforts, the Supreme Court of Missouri upheld the will of the voters, as expressed in the Renewable Energy Standard, to bring clean energy to Missouri.

Significant Developments

February 11, 2015: In the News 

Missouri Supreme Court rules against utility in Solar Rebate Case.

February 10, 2015: Case Update

The Supreme Court of Missouri reverses the Public Service Commission decision and finds that providing an exemption from the solar requirements is inconsistent with Missouri's Renewable Energy Standard and thus invalid.

January 27, 2014: Case Update

Renew Missouri files appeal in Supreme Court of Missouri of Public Service Commission decision.

November 26, 2013: Case Update

Missouri's Public Service Commission finds in favor of Empire District Electric Company and holds that Empire could rely on legislation that provided an exemption from solar requirements.

January 2013: Case Update

Renew Missouri files complaint in Missouri's Public Service Commission to enforce the Renewable Energy Standard against Empire District Electic Company.

Project

Renew Missouri

Attorneys

Henry B. Robertson and Kathleen G. Henry, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

Focus Area

Energy and Climate