The report says states would benefit from spending more money on local renewable energy technology and energy efficiency programs.Meanwhile, in other coal news, families of the workers who were killed in a Massey Energy Co. coal mine explosion in West Virginia earlier this year testified before Congress today that they were "urged to conceal defects" before the accident.
The state of Missouri is the most dependent on net imports as a share of total state electricity use, at 82 percent, the report said. Missouri spent about 22 cents a person on ratepayer-backed electricity efficiency programs in 2007, but cutting annual energy use by 1 percent could save consumers $30 million and keep the state from having to send as much as $13 million out of state in the first year.
Renewable energy sources, particularly wind and bioenergy, could generate about nine times Missouri's 2008 electricity needs, the report said.
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