Rural Missouri has potential for renewable energy, report says

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 | 5:34 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A national environmental group said Missouri is a prime candidate for greater development of alternative energy projects.

A report Tuesday from the Natural Resources Defense Council says Missouri has about 2,500 square miles of land with wind speeds suitable for turbines that produce electricity. But Missouri currently has just three wind farms producing 163 megawatts of electricity.

The report also says Missouri has untapped potential to use cellulose materials from agriculture crops to produce ethanol and to harness methane gas from large livestock farms for energy production.

Mark Templeton, director of the Department of Natural Resources, said the report shows how rural Missourians could capitalize on a potential new national energy policy that limits carbon emissions.


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