LETTER: Sen. Schaefer leads way in making Callaway 2 a reality

Thursday, April 2, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — I commend Sen. Kurt Schaefer for his strong leadership in helping secure Missouri’s balanced energy future while encouraging an unprecedented boost to our state economy.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment, Sen. Schaefer recently led a bipartisan majority in approving the latest version of Senate Bill 228. This vital legislation would update Missouri law to enable the largest construction project in state history – AmerenUE’s proposed Callaway 2 power plant. Sen. Schaefer succeeded in authoring and advancing much stronger consumer protections in this legislation, which helps all energy consumers.

Callaway 2 would be a $6 billion investment in Missouri, creating 3,000 good-paying jobs with benefits, while protecting consumers from huge rate increases allowed under current law. Callaway 2 would provide affordable, reliable clean energy supplies — not only for AmerenUE customers in scores of counties, but for customers of municipal power systems and rural electric co-operatives across our state.

The legislation approved with Sen. Schaefer’s leadership strengthens oversight by and accountability to the Missouri Public Service Commission. Sen. Schaefer understands that if Missouri is to provide reliable, clean, workhorse energy supplies for future generations, this legislation needs to be approved in the current legislative session. It is the right thing to do.

Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future, a statewide, nonpartisan coalition of business, agriculture, workers, trade associations and consumers, applauds Sen. Schaefer’s leadership. MBEF urges Sen. Schaefer’s legislative colleagues to follow his far-sighted example when they have an opportunity to vote YES on Senate Bill 228.

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