Renewable energy meeting planned for October 17 in Rolla

    The Rolla Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby is sponsoring Powering Missouri’s Future: Wind–Solar–Efficiency at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 at the Phelps County Courthouse. James Owen, executive director of Renew Missouri, will speak about how this statewide nonprofit is advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency and working toward the idea that all Missourians should have access to affordable and clean energy.

    Renew Missouri was founded in 2006. With five full-time staff, Renew Missouri advocates at the municipal, state and federal level, testifying for and against bills and helping shape policy where they can. Results of their efforts can be seen in the move by investor-owned utilities in Missouri away from coal and into wind and solar and by their collaboration with other organizations around the country to push for federal legislation to forgive government-backed debt on coal plants.
    If successful, rural cooperatives in Missouri may be able to retire aging coal plants earlier in exchange for a transition to renewables and efficiency programs. In efficiency, Renew Missouri’s MOSaves website helps Missourians find rebates and discount opportunities for making efficiency improvements to their homes.
    Learn more about the opportunities and the obstacles that are being overcome to move Missouri up from 43rd place in the nation in renewable electricity production. The free event will be at Phelps County Courthouse Meeting Room, 200 N. Main Street in Rolla. Masks will be required and available at the door.
    Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.