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.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy will lead the initiative to develop the energy plan.
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.
“The result of this transparent process will be a number of strategic energy goals and recommendations on how to specifically achieve them,” he said.
Gov. Nixon said a comprehensive energy plan is needed now more than ever, as energy consumption and production continues to increase.
“Today we face a much different landscape. And it’s one to which we must adapt, or we will fall upon. With this much at stake, energy policy must stem from deliberate and thoughtful planning, not the ad-hoc regulatory process we’ve relied on in the past,” he said.
The governor appointed Lewis Mills as the new director of the division to lead the initiative. Mills has more than twenty years of experience in public utility regulation.
Kristy Manning was named the new Deputy Director of Policy for the division.
Manning has served as the Deputy Legislative Director in the governor’s office since 2009, and has previously worked as a legislative aide in the state Senate.