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Municipal utilities urge Senators to oppose HB 1062

Monday, May 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: mpuaonline
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COLUMBIA, MO, MAY 6, 2019 – Organizations representing municipal utilities at 39 towns across Missouri have written the Missouri Senate to express support for the Grain Belt Express wind transmission line, and urging Missouri Senators to vote against HB 1062.


Passage of HB 1062 will hurt Missouri’s economy and infrastructure progress, and would lose more than $7.2 million in local tax revenues for rural schools, out-state fire protection and ambulance districts, county roads, and rural libraries. If the Grain Belt Express wind transmission line is terminated, customers in many of the state’s consumer-owned municipal utilities will lose more than $12.8 million in transmission and energy savings from a collectively negotiated contract for low-cost, clean energy.


Termination of the transmission project would also cause the state to lose out on an opportunity for 1500 jobs, and a $500M boost to investment in the state. The project is supported by a large number of Missouri’s largest industrial, manufacturing, and consumer companies.  


The letter to senators was jointly sent by leaders of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC), Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), the Missouri Public Energy Pool (MoPEP) and Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities (MAMU).












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