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The Missouri Senate and House of Representatives recently voted in favor of Senate Bill (S.B.) 54 - a bill that would ask electric companies to make a "good faith effort" in meeting renewable energy targets.

According to the bill text, S.B.54 would create a plan that 4% of total retail electric sales in the state come from renewable sources by 2012, 8% by 2015 and 11% by 2020. As a way to measure utilities' progress in reaching the goal, the Public Service Commission would require the companies report to the commission every two years.

In addition, the act renames the Missouri Ethanol and Other Renewable Fuel Sources Commission to the Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission and expands its membership from seven to nine members. The Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission would make recommendations on legislation to facilitate the sale and distribution of alternative fuels; promote the production and use of alternative fuels; and report annually to the governor and general assembly, among other tasks to reduce harmful emissions.

Gov. Matthew Blunt, R-Mo., will now have a chance to accept or decline the bill - if Blunt signs S.B.54, it would become effective Jan. 1, 2008.

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