Missouri court upholds PSC's renewable energy rules
A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday upheld Public Service Commission rules outlining how the state’s renewable energy law is implemented.
The opinion from the Western District Court of Appeals reverses a lower court order concerning the impact of the green power mandate on electric rates. Earlier this year, a Cole County Circuit Court judge had declared the rules “unlawful and unreasonable” and remanded the matter back to the PSC.
Tuesday’s court decision is a victory both for the PSC, which spent months developing the rules, and renewable energy advocates, who filed a brief on the commission’s behalf.
Henry Robertson, a lawyer representing Renew Missouri, said the lower court ruling could have had a “crippling effect” on efforts to advance green power in the state if it had been upheld.