In keeping with an ongoing commitment to incorporate more renewable energy, Ameren Missouri is proposing an innovative way to help large businesses and cities across Missouri reach their renewable energy goals.
Ameren Missouri's Renewable Choice Program is the first in the state, and one of only a handful in the nation, designed to help these customers to meet their energy needs from clean, renewable wind generation.
"The Renewable Choice Program would give our environmentally minded business and municipal customers a convenient way to receive more of their energy from renewable resources," said Ajay Arora, vice president of environmental services and generation resource planning at Ameren. Under the program, customers could subscribe to purchase up to 100 percent of their average energy usage from renewable resources.
Plans were filed today with the Missouri Public Service Commission. Talks are in progress with several large customers who share the desire for cleaner energy.
"We know our customers are looking for personalized solutions that allow them more control over their energy use, and this is one of the ways Ameren Missouri is delivering," adds Mike Mueller, vice president of economic and technology development at Ameren.
The Renewable Choice Program is the latest plan building off of Ameren Missouri's recently announced Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was developed with the input of a wide variety of stakeholders. That plan supports Ameren's goal of transitioning its energy generation to cleaner sources while ensuring reliability and keeping customer rates affordable. The IRP calls for the addition of at least 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020 and 100 megawatts of solar generation in the next 10 years. Ameren Missouri has also established a goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 based on 2005 levels.
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Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.