Politics & Government

Strong support in Missouri for energy initiative

A renewable energy initiative on Missouri's November ballot appears to have lots of support and little organized opposition.

The Missouri Clean Energy Initiative would require at least 2 percent of electricity to be generated by investor-owned utilities from sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower by 2011 and at least 15 percent by 2021.

Supporters say it is essential that the initiative be approved to help break the country's foreign oil dependency and to slow the economic crisis. Twenty-six states have passed renewable energy standards. In Missouri, 82 percent of electricity is generated by coal, with most of the rest provided by natural gas and nuclear plants.

Read the full story at kansascity.com.