Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.
Leading by Example
By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.
State Energy Office
The State Energy Office for Missouri is the Division of Energy, in the Department of Natural Resources.
The Division of Energy
Collects and reports Missouri energy data, and conducts energy policy research and analysis
Maintains Missouri's plan for energy emergencies
Gives technical and financial assistance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to state and local governments, school districts, and other consumers
Supports market research and demonstration projects that advance the use of clean, domestic energy resources and technologies, such as solar, biomass, alternative fuels, and wind to power Missouri's buildings and vehicles
Provides information and research on energy issues to all Missourians, such as students and homeowners
Visit the Division of Energy website. Check out NASEO's profile for Missouri.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
Missouri does not have a state energy plan. HB 734 (2009) (Missouri Laws 21.830) created the Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future, which was to report to the General Assembly by December 31, 2009, "on Missouri's energy needs to determine a strategy to ensure a plentiful, affordable, and clean supply of electricity to meet the needs of Missouri residents and businesses for the next 25 years and that they continue to benefit from low rates." Under the legislation, the Joint Committee dissolved on December 31, 2009 without having produced a plan.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Missouri does not have a specific requirement for energy use reduction by all state agencies, however Governor Nixon's 2009 Executive Order 09-18 required that state agencies whose buildings are managed by the Office of Administration adopt policies to reduce energy consumption by 2% each year for 10 years.
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EE in New State Buildings
Missouri SB 1181 (2008) required the Department of Natural Resources to establish energy savings standards for state buildings at least as stringent as the 2006 Inernational Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by January 1, 2009. The standard applies equally to state-owned and state-leased buildings over 5,000 sq. ft., for which the design process or the lease began after July 1, 2009.
In addition to requiring some state agencies to reduce energy consumption, Governor Nixon's 2009 Executive Order 09-18 required that all new construction projects by agencies whose buildings are managed by the Office of Administration must be at least as stringent as the most recent IECC.
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Recognition or Award Program
The Missouri Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention recognizes a business, government, community organization, or citizen for a variety of activities which can include energy efficiency and conservation improvements.
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