We know you’ve probably been seeing various e-alerts calling for a mandatory Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) in Missouri. Arguably, no other policy is more effective at spurring the development of renewable energy.
Unfortunately, Missouri legislators have taken a pass on a historic opportunity to promote renewable energy solutions. Despite our “leaders” resistance to the RES, two-thirds of Missourians support it. That leaves it up to you and me.
Help us get the Clean Energy Initiative on Missouri’s November 2008 ballot.
What is the Clean Energy Initiative?
85% of Missouri’s electricity comes from coal — all of which is imported from out of state. The Clean Energy Initiative is a mandatory RES that requires investor-owned electric utilities to purchase electricity from renewable sources — solar, wind, landfill gas and biomass — equaling at least 2% of retail sales by 2011 and increasing incrementally to at least 15% of sales by 2021.
The Clean Energy Initiative includes a cost containment provision that caps rate increases for Missouri consumers at 1%. Learn more at www.RenewMO.org.
How to Get Involved?
It will take over 100,000 signatures to get the Clean Energy Initiative on the ballot. Our signature gathering teams are working across the state, and we need your help now! A few hours of your time collecting signatures will help decrease Missouri’s reliance on coal, fight climate change, and bring renewable energy jobs to the state.
Our May 2nd, 2008 deadline for signatures is quickly approaching and we desperately need your help!
Volunteer to collect signatures at one of the events listed below. You must be 18 years or older to collect signatures.
If you can’t make these events, donate or become a volunteer at www.RenewMO.org
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
A few hours of your time can make a huge difference. Please email Erin Noble at email@example.com or call (314) 727-0600 to sign up for one of the below events.
Saturday, March 29
Paint the Town Green: 1000 Signature Saturday
This Saturday, we’ll collect 1000 signatures by painting the town green for renewable energy. We’ll spread throughout the city, in high-traffic locations such as the Central West End, the Art Museum, and other fun places.
Meet us at 10 a.m. at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. (6267 Delmar Blvd. Ste. 2E St. Louis, MO 63130 — in the Delmar Loop, just above Meshuggah’s Cafe).
After we collect, we’ll meet at Blueberry Hill for a quick debrief and social.
Monday, March 31
Go Green for the Redbirds: Cardinals Opening Day
Join us as for the excitement of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day at Busch Stadium, where we’ll collect 1000 additional signatures for clean and safe energy.
Before the game: Meet at the Busch Stadium Metrolink stop at 1:15 pm.
During the game: We’ll watch the game at Al Hrabosky’s: 800 Cerre St, St. Louis, MO.
After the game: Meet outside Al Hrabosky’s at 5:30 p.m. to walk back to the stadium in order to catch folks leaving game and gather more signatures.
Sunday, April 6
St. Louis Marathon
Meet at Civic Center Metro Link stop at 8:00 am
Tuesday, April 8
St. Louis Municipal Elections
Volunteers needed at various times and locations.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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