Nixon signs energy efficiency legislation

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 10:34 a.m. CDT; updated 10:54 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 13, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing utilities to charge customers for energy-savings programs.

State utility regulators already have allowed some utilities to factor the cost of their energy-savings initiatives into the basic rates they charge customers.

The legislation signed Monday specifically allows utilities to recoup their costs for such programs and requires them to be listed as a separate line-item on electric bills.

Some utility officials and consumer advocates said the new law ultimately should save people money. That's because the energy-savings programs are intended to prevent or delay the need for new power plants, which would be more costly for customers to finance.


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