Missouri regulators approve energy efficiency rules - KMOV.com

Missouri regulators approve energy efficiency rules

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri regulators have approved rules to implement a law designed to boost energy efficiency.

The Legislature passed the law in 2009. It allows utilities to earn the same profit for efficiency investments as for investments into power plants or other capital.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday the Public Service Commission approved rules to implement that law this week.

Those rules come as a study commissioned by regulators estimates Missourians could save more than $5 billion through energy efficiency efforts. A draft report of the study says fixing drafty houses, replacing old appliances and other energy-saving measures would save on electric and natural gas costs.

However, some utilities and a coalition of electricity users have expressed concern about the data that was used and the amount of estimated savings.

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