Latest News on HB 44
5/17/14 - Session ends without HB 44 being voted on. The RES survives!
4/16/13 - Hearing happened in the Senate Committee. 11 parties testified against, and one sewer company testified in favor. No vote.
4/11/13 - HB 44 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment Committee. Please call your Senators today!!!!!
2/28/13 - HB 44 with all amendments is "Third Read and Passed" making it official.
2/27/13 - HB 44 is brought up on the house floor, several other bad amendments are attached. After the recess, HB 44 is "perfected".
2/18/13 - Time to get calls in, because HB 44 appears likely to come up this week:
2/11/13 - The bill will not be coming up today after all. It is at least temporarily postponed. Thanks to all the clean energy supporters that made a call about this bill!
2/7/13 - The bill has been scheduled for a vote on Monday, February 11th at 4pm.
1/30/13 - HB 44 passes out of the House Utilities Committee 15-7 after a hearing in which 90% of testimony is against the bill.
1/17/13 - HB 44, introduced by Bart Korman, is referred to the House Utilities Committee.
Take Action: Call your State Senator
Please find your Senator's phone number here:
Ask them to vote NO on HB 44. Here's a sample script:
"My name is _______ and I live at __________. Please OPPOSE HB 44, a bill that would not create one job, diversify our energy resources, or do anything good for Missouri whatsoever; it would only render our Renewable Energy Standard (RES) meaningless. Please protect Missouri jobs and small businesses. Do I have your commitment to vote "no"?
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HB 44 has passed out of the house, but we can still be mad at them.
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Background on HB44: THE ATTACK ON RENEWABLES
This bill would render the RES meaningless by allowing hydropower that’s already been here for 100 years to count for compliance, instead of the intended new solar & wind power. It is sponsored by Bart Korman, District 42, High Hill.
Current law only allows for small hydro (ten megawatts or less). HB 44 would allow all hydropower, including old existing dams (most 100 years old) to count as renewable energy. Current hydro projects serving Missouri include:
-Keokuk 137 MW, Ameren’s (Keokuk, Iowa)
-Ozark Beach, 16 MW, Empire’s (Joplin)
-Bagnell 215 MW, Ameren’s (Lake of the Ozarks)
Allowing old, existing hydro to “count” would dismantle the renewable energy standard (RES), giving double-rewards to hydroelectric dams that have been bought and paid for many times over instead of new construction of solar & wind.
Missouri voters want to move Missouri into the 21st century and make Missouri a renewable energy state. Allowing existing hydro to count would not create new jobs or economic growth, and would leave Missouri at risk for being left behind in what is now the fastest-growing economic energy sector.
The Renewable Energy Standard survives the 2013 Legislature
The bill that would have dismantled the RES, HB 44, never got a vote in the Senate. Thus Missouri's renewable energy standard survives on. Details below.
What Happened regarding Clean Energy Bills?
1. Bad Anti-Renewable Hydro Bill DEFEATED! (HB44)
Renewable Energy continues to have strong support in Missouri and across the country as was demonstrated by the defeat of anti-renewable energy legislation in several states. Renew Missouri wrapped up this legislative session by successfully defeating HB 44, legislation that would have allowed the largest utilities in the state to count old hydro electric dams to meet Missouri’s RES (renewable energy standard).
Senator Holsman (KC-D) did a great job laying out the issue during the senate hearing. Missouri voters passed the RES (Prop C) because they wanted to see new sources of energy and economic development in our state. They did not vote to let utilities get credit for doing what they have already been doing for 100 years (the hydro plants HB44 would have allowed have all been here for around 100 years). The bill was passed out of the House of Representatives but was never reported out of the Senate Committee. The bill sponsor Representative Korman (R – High Hill) was looking for opportunities to amend his hydro-language onto any bill right up until the final hours of session.
The bill was an attempt by utilities to cover up the fact that they are NOT currently meeting the first renewable energy requirement of 2%. Allowing them to count old existing hydro dams would essentially have given them a pass to not create new sources of energy, as was clearly intended by the law. Renew Missouri has filed legal action to require the Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) meet the renewable energy requirements.
Renew Missouri will continue to educate legislators about the benefits of renewable energy during the interim, and we invite our coalition partners and supporters to collaborate and engage with this process as much as possible.
Similar anti-renewable legislation was defeated across the country. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC (a conservative think-tank funded by utility companies, oil companies, and other corporate interests) was responsible for these anti-renewable-energy attacks. The fact that these type of bills were soundly defeated across the country shows the continued support of citizens to have clean, renewable distributed energy. Click <HERE> for a brief article summarizing the attacks on renewable energy standards around the country this spring – it’s rather staggering. The good news is that, so far this year, each and every attempt to erase or weaken an RES policy has failed.
Renew Missouri and partnering organizations generated hundreds of phone calls, emails and personal contacts with legislators this session opposing HB 44 – and it worked!!!
2. Extension of Tax Deduction for Energy Audits FAILS (SB398 / HB898)
A Missouri tax deduction of $1000 (single) or $2000 (filing jointly) for the costs of energy audits (and implementing recommendations of energy auditors) will sunset at the end of 2013. An attempt to extend the sunset another 6 years (SB398 /HB898) did not pass this session. We applaud Senator Jason Holsman and Representative TJ Berry for pushing for the sunset-extension this session. We anticipate this being a priority of MOEEBA (the Missouri Energy Efficiency Business Association) to move forward with next year.
3. Solar Rebate Phase-Out Legislation PASSES (HB142)
HB 142 passed the final day of session. This bill had “solar rebate phase-out” language attached to it 2 days before the end of session in the Senate, and was passed by the House on the last day of session. The solar language resulted as a compromise between MOSEIA (MO Solar Energy Industries Association), the IOU’s (Investor-Owned Utilities), and consumer groups. Key points of the legislation include:
4. Bill to Limit the Ballot Initiative Petition Process PASSES
HB 117 Modifies the law relating to initiative and referendum petitions. The only goal of this bill is to make the referendum and petition process more difficult. Unfortunately legislators are attempting to limit the will of the people by making the initiative petition process more complicated, placing additional legal restrictions, requiring a public hearing on the petition, and adding about a dozen other restrictions which would have no effect other than making the signature-gathering process more cumbersome and legally vulnerable. We are urging the governor to veto this bill.
Click here to see a list of all Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Bills The Governor has 60 days to sign or veto bills without an emergency clause (Note: none of these bills have an emergency clause).