News Release 369

Division of Energy begins energy stakeholder process to discuss Missouri’s energy future

Volume 39-369 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., OCT. 21, 2011 --- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy announced today that it will hold a series of meetings to elicit discussion on complex energy issues, trends, opportunities and challenges for the State of Missouri.

The goal of the meetings, being called the Energy Stakeholder Process, is to work with a diverse group of energy stakeholders such as utilities, energy consumers, state and local agencies, public policy groups, energy and environmental organizations and others identified by the department to identify and prioritize key implementable recommendations for where the Division of Energy should focus its efforts and expend its resources. The results of the stakeholder process will be used to develop an action plan for the division and provide direction for the division’s strategic planning and resource allocation decisions.

Participants in the Energy Stakeholder Process will work together with the division’s project facilitator, The Cadmus Group, to build consensus on what critical energy issues face Missouri today and in the near future.
A small ‘core group’ approach has been chosen to provide an in-depth review and analysis of these complex energy issues and how the Division of Energy might promote the best energy choices for the citizens of this state. We are planning to hold three one-day meetings and one large public stakeholder meeting:

• Oct. 25 – Core Stakeholder Dialogue – Energy Efficiency, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Division of Geology and Land Survey Annex, Rolla.
• Oct. 27 – Core Stakeholder Dialogue – Traditional Energy Sources, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., RCGA, St. Louis.
• Nov. 10 – Core Stakeholder Dialogue – Renewable and Emerging Energy Sources, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Discovery Center, Kansas City
• Nov. 14 – Public Meeting – Summary and Commentary, 1:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m., Reynolds Alumni Center – University of Missouri, Columbia.

All meetings will be open to the public, though the dialogue in the first three of these meetings will be limited to invited participants. There will be ample opportunity for the public to make comments and raise questions at the public meeting on Nov. 14, 2011. The energy stakeholder process will consummate Feb. 2012.
For more information, call the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy at 573-526-5308 or email dalena.hardy@dnr.mo.gov.

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