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Missourians for Cleaner Cheaper Energy has announced that the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Cole County Circuit Court found that the initiative has the necessary number of signatures to be certified for the ballot in November.

More than 400 Missouri volunteers statewide circulated petition pages for the initiative, which would require investor-owned utilities to generate or purchase 15% of their electricity from clean energy sources such as wind, solar, landfill gas, biomass and small hydroelectric projects. Approximately 163,000 signatures were turned in from six U.S. Congressional districts.

"The Clean Energy Initiative would diversify Missouri's electricity supply by adding a significant amount of renewable energy and potentially save Missourians $331 million over 20 years," says Martin Cohen, former Illinois Citizens Utility Board executive director.

The Clean Energy Initiative is endorsed by a broad-based coalition of industry, labor, faith and environmental groups such as Kansas City Power & Light, United Steelworkers, Restoring Eden - Christians for Environmental Stewardship and Republicans for Environmental Protection. Twenty-six other states have enacted similar renewable portfolio standards to increase production of clean energy and promote energy independence.

SOURCE: Missourians for Cleaner Cheaper Energy

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