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"This will help us reduce our carbon emissions," Melissa Hope of the Sierra Club says, "and this will also in the long run be less expensive for Missouri consumers."
Ballot initiative would mandate investor-owned utilities produce 2% renewables by 2011; 15% by 2021
City Utilities isn't included in the initiative; Empire District Electric is neutral
"If we believe it's a good thing for Missouri, it's a good thing for everyone . . . not just investor-owned utilities, but also for co-ops and the municipalities," says an Empire spokesperson.