Editor's note: The following summary represents state and utility stances after the Supreme Court stayed the Clean Power Plan in February 2016.
Neither a spokesman for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) nor the Department of Natural Resources responded to questions about how the state will respond to the Supreme Court’s stay of the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan on Feb. 9.
Missouri lawmakers introduced but did not move forward on legislation that would require the department to cease work until the stay is lifted.
Missouri was among 27 states that filed lawsuits challenging the rule.
Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has claimed the rule would cost the state's energy producers more than $6 billion. Shortly after the stay, he said Missouri has a competitive advantage in enjoying low energy costs while developing low- and zero-carbon power on "a more reasonable timeline."
“Renewable energy is a vital piece of our state’s energy portfolio,” Koster said in a press release. “It is essential, however, that we achieve this goal in an economically responsible way that makes sense for Missouri.”
Other key Missouri Democrats, including Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), have been silent on the Clean Power Plan while Republicans, coal producers and the state's largest utility warned of dire consequences.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, who met with members of Missouri electric cooperatives in August, continues to warn that the regulations will boost utility bills and harm middle- and low-income families. St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp., the biggest U.S. coal producer, said the plan will "punish" families and businesses with higher energy costs and damage reliability.
The Show-Me State burns coal for more than 80 percent of its electricity, and the state's carbon reduction goal under the final rule is much tougher than in the draft proposal.
Missouri must reduce its power-sector carbon emissions rate to 1,272 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour of power produced, much stiffer than the 1,544 pounds CO2/MWh level in the draft rule.
Missouri utilities have already begun retiring some of the state's coal fleet. But Ameren Corp. said the more stringent reductions in the final Clean Power Plan could upset its strategy to transition to cleaner energy sources.
Last updated on June 2, 2016 at 2:47 PM