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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rep. Daus Co-Sponsors The Easy Connection Act (HB 869)

The Easy Connection Act allows Missourians to install a small renewable energy system -- typically a wind turbine or solar panel -- in a safe, quick, and cost effective manner.
The usage of renewable energy provides many economic and social benefits including energy independence, electricity reliability, and local job creation -- without the negative public health and environmental impacts that result from the burning of fossil fuels.
The Easy Connection Act enables the installation and operation of small renewable energy systems by establishing the following procedures:

1) Simple Interconnection
Currently, the procedures for connecting small renewable energy systems to the electric grid in Missouri are time consuming, unclear, and costly. As a result, many Missourians choose not to interconnect or connect illegally to avoid the hassle. This bill establishes simple interconnection procedures to allow Missourians to connect a small renewable energy system in a quick, safe, and reliable manner.

2) True Net Metering (One-for-One Electricity Measurement)
Current Missouri law involves a cumbersome and ineffective “dual metering” policy. Dual metering states that if a renewable electricity system produces more energy than is used by the household or business, the excess energy is sent back to the grid and is “bought” back at about 20% of the retail rate.

The Easy Connection Act establishes a more equitable policy called “true net metering.” True net metering, already used in 40 states and Washington D.C., calls for an owner of the renewable energy system to be credited at a one-to-one rate for the clean, renewable electricity contributed to the grid.
Current information about the Easy Connection Act is available on the internet at www.RenewMo.org

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