renewable energy http://kbia.org en Columbia power plants react to proposed rules from Obama administration http://kbia.org/post/columbia-power-plants-react-proposed-rules-obama-administration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama Administration unveiled new proposed rules for power plants on Monday, but Columbia’s two power plants won’t be drastically affected.</span></p><p>Columbia Water and Light is mandated to purchase at least 5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources because of an ordinance passed by the Columbia City Council and the city’s coal plant only operates part of the year.</p><p>However, the city does currently get its power from a coal burning power plant from Sikeston, Missouri.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:11:13 +0000 Matt Kalish 53923 at http://kbia.org Columbia power plants react to proposed rules from Obama administration Governor Nixon announces comprehensive statewide energy plan http://kbia.org/post/governor-nixon-announces-comprehensive-statewide-energy-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Jay Nixon announced the launch of a statewide comprehensive energy plan at the Advancing Renewables conference at the University of Missouri on Tuesday, April 8.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy will lead the initiative to develop the energy plan.</p><p>The governor said public meetings will be held across the state to seek input from energy stakeholders, including renewable energy companies, researchers and environmental advocates.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:12:13 +0000 Charmaine Ng 50986 at http://kbia.org Governor Nixon announces comprehensive statewide energy plan Columbia council approves renewable energy mandate bump http://kbia.org/post/columbia-council-approves-renewable-energy-mandate-bump <p></p><p>The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city’s renewable energy mandate. By 2018, Columbia Water and Light will now need to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources – up from 10 percent as spelled out in the renewable energy mandate passed by Columbia voters in 2004. The future goals were also increased to 25 percent by 2023 and 30 percent by 2029. The previous goal for 2023 was 15 percent and there was no goal set for 2029.</p><p>First Ward Councilmember Fred Schmidt was one of the councilmembers that voted to pass the change 5-2.</p><p>“The energy future and the environmental future calls for this – for doing something and I believe this is the right step. We don’t know what the future is going to hold, so we shoot for a multiplicity of sources,” Schmidt said. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:44:47 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 46340 at http://kbia.org Columbia council approves renewable energy mandate bump Columbia Water and Light department to test new renewable energy source http://kbia.org/post/columbia-water-and-light-department-test-new-renewable-energy-source <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Columbia Water and Light Advisory board members approved a trial burn of a new renewable energy source for the city on Wednesday morning.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:51:19 +0000 Chris Gothner 40014 at http://kbia.org Columbia Water and Light department to test new renewable energy source Environmentalists sue Mo. over renewable energy http://kbia.org/post/environmentalists-sue-mo-over-renewable-energy <p>An environmental group is heading to court in another attempt to change the way Missouri officials have implemented a 2008 ballot initiative about renewable energy.</p><p>The initiative requires investor-owned utilities to tap renewable energy sources for at least 5 percent of their electricity by 2014, with that amount gradually rising to 15 percent by 2021.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:03:59 +0000 Associated Press 39424 at http://kbia.org Environmentalists sue Mo. over renewable energy Commission asks Columbia to work toward 100 percent renewable electricity generation http://kbia.org/post/commission-asks-columbia-work-toward-100-percent-renewable-electricity-generation <p>Columbia’s Environment and Energy Commission is asking the city to increase the percentage of power generated from renewable sources by two percent every year. The goal is to reach 100 percent by the middle of the century.</p><p>In 2012, 7.94 percent of electricity in Columbia was generated from renewable sources. The existing standard requires the use of renewable sources reach 10 percent by 2017, and 15 percent by the end of 2022.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 14:36:45 +0000 Yuqing Pan 33623 at http://kbia.org Commission asks Columbia to work toward 100 percent renewable electricity generation Wind turbine built at MU http://kbia.org/post/wind-turbine-built-mu <p>A new 20-kilowatt wind turbine was constructed on MU’s campus on the corner of Monk Drive and Stadium Boulevard Tuesday.</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:02:23 +0000 Doug Hoffmann 22260 at http://kbia.org Wind turbine built at MU Newscast for March 26, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-26-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>Missouri House yet to consider education bill</li><li>Attorney general holds town-hall meetings for homeowners</li><li>Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia</li></ul> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 23:23:29 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11278 at http://kbia.org Newscast for March 26, 2012 Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia http://kbia.org/post/conference-brings-renewable-energy-experts-columbia <p>Renewable energy was the topic of a conference on the MU campus today. About 180 people from around the Midwest gathered to hear from experts on the future of wind, biomass and solar energy in the region.</p><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 22:48:10 +0000 Harum Helmy 11272 at http://kbia.org Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia Proposed child labor changes questioned on the farm http://kbia.org/post/proposed-child-labor-changes-questioned-farm <p>This week: Missouri could gain over two hundred thousand jobs by the 2025, and the Department of Labor proposed new regulations on kids working on the farm who are under 16. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:46:59 +0000 Nick Adams 6313 at http://kbia.org Proposed child labor changes questioned on the farm