The White River Group of the Missouri Sierra Club chapter has been focused on environmental and wilderness protection in 2014. We will continue in 2015 and beyond. We have challenged City Utilities of Springfield for pursuing a coal ash landfill in karst landscape. We have been vocal about the Ozarks National Scenic River management plan. We have advocated for clean energy and against the solar rider by City Utilities that penalizes customers for choosing clean energy. We have spoken with local, state, and national legislators about our concerns. 

You can join by going to website, www.sierraclub.org, or by clicking on either the Join or Donate button on this page. Help us explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

 

July 16, 2015 - 5:00 p.m.

 

City Utilities – Solar Farm Tour 

Please join the White River Group of the Missouri Sierra Club for a tour of the City Utilities' Solar Farm. This will take place at 5 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

The directions to the Solar Farm are outlined below.

We don't have an exact address but here are the directions from Kearney and Highway 65:

  •      East on Kearney to Mulroy Road. (Mulroy is also 744) Springfield Yamaha is at the northwest corner of the intersection.
  •      Turn right on Mulroy.
  •      Stay on Mulroy to first farm road on left FR112
  •      Left on FR 112
  •      Follow 112 to solar farm on left side of road.
 
You will notice the McCartney Peaking Station on the left side. Continue on FR 112 past this site and the farm is about a quarter mile further. Hopefully the map will help a little.

 CU Solar Farm

The White River Group applauds this effort towards clean energy and away from coal burning plants. However, we object to the depiction of solar energy as more expensive than coal combustion and therefore requiring a financial penalty, the so-called "solar rider."

Several members of the White River Group registered their opposition to the solar rate rider for the voluntary purchase of solar power from City Utilities in 2014. We attended a CU Citizen's Advisory Board meeting, a CU Board meeting and the City Council meeting where this issue was voted upon. We shared the following objections to the solar rider, the extra amount people are required to pay if they want to use clean energy from the solar farm. (The average CU customer would be required to pay approximately $40.00 per MONTH. This rate would be fixed for 20 years.) There are many reasons why people should be incentivized to use solar power, not penalized. These include, but are not limited to, the following.

  •     the effects and cost of climate disruption from coal combustion 
  •      the effects of air and water pollution from coal combustion and the cost of cleaning it up
  •      the effects and cost of death and disability from coal combustion
  •      the legislative cost of opposing common sense measures to protect the public from the  dangers of coal combustion
 
The cost of solar power is declining and the cost of burning coal will continue to increase as more regulation is put in place to protect people from the above mentioned dangers. Please come and add your voice to those encouraging our municipal utility to move toward clean energy and beyond coal.