Consumer Advocate Requests Suspension of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

by | Jan 14, 2021

Missouri’s Office of the Public Counsel requested that state regulators suspend utility energy efficiency programs in order to reduce ratepayers’ bills during the COVID-19 crisis. Executive Director James Owen of Renew Missouri, a clean energy advocacy group, told Energy News Network he believes the Office of the Public Counsel ”is trying to use this coronavirus issue to undo MEEIA, or to weaken it,” referring to the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act. Status: Request filed March 2020.

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