MO Legislature Refuses Utility Fees on Solar Power Users

Missouri is often classed as one of the reddest of Red States, with an uncompromising hard right socio-political stance. But that attitude can turn toward an individualistic libertarianism in unexpected ways. Take the legislature’s recent refusal to pass HB 340, which would have “allowed utilities to impose additional fees on Missourians who produce their own renewable solar power,” thereby increasing utility bills by 75 percent, according to The Missouri Times. Solar power is a growing industry in the state, with 40 solar companies and 3,148 jobs as of 2016. When measured against the projected loss of 2,000 jobs and $200 million in solar company revenue as well as tax losses if the law was passed, the decision was a bottom line no-brainer as well as a stand on behalf of individual choice.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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