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With its large, highly-educated workforce, strategic location, low business costs and clean energy initiative, Missouri is perfectly positioned to take advantage of advances in alternative energy in the wind, solar, and biofuel sectors. Missouri is also home to many successful companies involved in energy generation, such as Ameren Corporation, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Empire District Electric Co., and Kansas City Power & Light.

Missouri's Strategic Location Guarantees Efficient Access to Markets

  • Missouri is located within 600 miles of 52% of U.S. manufacturing establishments.
  • Missouri is located within 600 miles of 50% of all U.S. households.
  • Missouri provides easy access to major wind industry OEMs such as Acciona, Clipper, Nordex, Mitsubishi, and Siemens.
  • The top 20 states for existing wind capacity include 4 of Missouri's neighboring states. Missouri and surrounding states have a combined existing capacity of 11,170 MW, more than 24% of the U.S. total current wind power capacity.

Missouri Provides an Established Pipeline of Skilled Workers

  • A recent report by Brookings ranked Missouri 16th overall for renewable energy jobs, 6th for solar photovoltaic jobs in 2010, 8th for growth of solar thermal jobs from 2003-2010, 7th for growth in wind jobs from 2003-2010, and 8th for jobs in biomass/biofuels in 2010.
  • Missouri colleges and universities grant over 4,000 degrees in engineering or engineering technology annually (Missouri Department of Higher Education).
  • There are over 21,000 engineers employed in Missouri according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Missouri's workforce exceeds the populations of 20 other states, including neighboring Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska.
  • 12%, or 318,650 of Missourii's 2.67 million workers are employed in occupations relevant to the Energy Solutions industry.

The Market for Renewable Energy is Growing in Missouri

  • Missouri's Clean Energy Initiative requires that utility companies increase usage of renewable energy to 15% by 2021. The standard also requires that .3% of retail electricity sales must come from solar electricity. Missouri is one of only 14 states with a provision for solar electricity.
  • Missouri's RPS requires investor-owned Missouri utilities to pay customers a $2 per watt solar rebate (up to 25 kW) on their solar PV systems (max $50,000 per metered customer).
  • Missouri recently passed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation allowing property owners to finance renewable energy retrofits over 20 years though an annual assessment on their property tax bill.
  • In 2007 Missouri passed a net metering act, streamlining the interconnection and tariff process for solar projects
  • Rockport, MO was the first 100 percent wind powered community in the U.S.
  • Missouri solar installations have increased from 101kw in 2009 to over 7.8 MW in 2011. That's a more than 7,000% increase in three years.

Missouri's Wind Resources

  • Missouri's existing wind power capacity is 458.5 MW, higher than 29 other states (AWEA).
  • Missouri's potential wind power installed capacity is 274,355 MW for areas greater than or equal to 30 percent gross capacity factor at 80m, ranked 14th in the U.S. (U.S. Department of Energy).
  • Missouri has the 13th highest average U.S. wind speed, higher than Wyoming, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio and California (State Rankings 2012).

Missouri's Solar Resources

  • Missouri's solar resources, between 4.5 and 5.0 kilowatt-hours per square meter per day, exceed that of Germany, which leads the world in solar energy production and averages under 3 kilowatt-hours per square meter per day (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).
  • Devoting just 1 square mile in Missouri to solar power can provide enough electricity for about 1,100 households per year (National Wildlife Federation).
  • Missouri has over 200 sunny days per year (Source: NOAA, Comparative Climatic Data, Annual).

Missouri's Biomass and Biofuel Resources

  • Standing timber resources from Missouri's 13+ million acres of commercial forestlands hold the largest single reserve of biomass materials in the state. The largest source of potential biomass energy is from Conservation Reserve Acreage represented by switchgrass (36%). This is followed by timber harvest residues (30%). Crop residues (including cotton gin waste and fescue seed processing wastes) are another major source of biomass and constitute about 17% of the total.
  • Missouri has 6 ethanol plants in operation with a combined capacity of 283.5 million gallons per year (Missouri Department of Natural Resources).
  • Missouri has 8 biodiesel plants in operation or planned with a combined capacity of 202 million gallons per year (Missouri Department of Natural Resources).
  • Missouri was recognized by Business Facilities in 2012 for being a leader in biodiesel production.
  • In January 2010, a consortium led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis was the winner of a $44 million Recovery Act award for research into converting algae into biofuels.
  • Research at the University of Missouri gave birth to the soy-based biodiesel industry.
  • Missouri is home to one of the Department of energy's 12 pilot-stage biomass projects, ICM's Cellulosic Biorefinery in St. Joseph. ICM is applying biochemical conversion technologies to turn corn fiber, switchgrass, and energy sorghum into fuel-grade ethanol.
  • The Show Me Energy Cooperative was the first biomass conversion facility that became qualified under BCAP, a 2008 Farm Bill Program, according to the USDA. The conversion facility produces fuel pellets from agricultural waste products, heating houses and livestock facilities, but Cooperative CEO Kurt Herman hopes to expand production beyond pellets to cellulosic liquid fuels.

Energy Companies Get an Edge in Missouri

Missouri Energy Solutions industry related companies include:

3M- (Columbia) The 3M recently announced an expansion of their facility in Columbia that makes Ultra Barrier Solar Film for solar cells. The film reduces the weight of the panels, and also can lower costs for manufacturers.

Abengoa Bioenergy Corp.: (St. Louis) Abengoa Bioenergy is one of the nation's largest producers of ethanol.

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BZ Products: (St. Louis) BZ Products is a manufacturer of MPP and conventional solar charge controls.

Dow/Kokam: (Lee's Summit) Dow/Kokam's new global battery research and development center aims to bring next-generation lithium-ion battery solutions to the market faster, increase battery performance and reduce their overall cost.

EaglePicher Technologies: (Joplin) EaglePicher Technologies manufactures a diverse array of specialty energy storage technologies, including alternative energy storage systems for utility grid enhancement, as well as batteries for missiles, submunitions, mines, sonobuoys, fuzes, and aerospace power backups. EaglePicher is the only manufacturer of nickel hydrogen batteries, used to power satellites, in the United States.

Emerson Electric Co.: (HQ St. Louis) Emerson is a major manufacturer of wind turbine components including Leroy-Somer generators, SSB Wind Systems' positioning drives, Jaure couplings, and Emerson Process Management monitoring and control systems to optimize wind farms. Emerson's Leroy-Somer division was one of the first manufacturers of generators for wind turbines and now makes generators up to 5 MW as well as a range of control motors for the wind industry. They supply generators and other technology to wind turbine manufacturers in Europe, North America, and Asia. Leroy-Somer has a network of global plants including their new Fuzhou, China facility which supplies three of China's largest wind turbine manufacturers. Emerson also manufactures inverters for the solar industry. Emerson is supplying power inverters and controls for what will be California's largest photovoltaic power generation plant and one of the largest in the world.

EnerSys: (Kansas City, Maryland Heights, Lee's Summit) Enersys manufactures and distributes power, reserve power, aerospace/defense, and specialty batteries.

Energizer: (HQ St. Louis) Energizer Holdings manufactures and markets dry cell batteries, flashlights and personal care and hygiene products. The company makes lithium, alkaline and carbon zinc batteries, miniature batteries, specialty photo lithium batteries, rechargeable batteries and flashlights and other lighting products through its Energizer, Inc. subsidiary.

Hubbell Power Systems- (Centralia) Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) manufacturers a wide variety of transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications products used by utilities in addition to solar helical foundations.

MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.: (HQ St. Louis) MEMC is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of wafers and related products to the semiconductor and solar industries. MEMC recently bought SunEdison, the largest operator of solar power plants in North America, and Solacx, a California-based solar tech company. In February 2011 Samsung Fine Chemicals and MEMC announced plans to build a 50/50-Joint Venture in Ulsan, South-Korea to produce polysilicon. The plant will have an initial capacity of 10,000 tons per annum. In August of 2011, MEMC announced plans to buy the privately held U.S. subsidiary of solar power plant developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures.

MidAmerica Solar LLC- (Imperial) MidAmerica Solar developed the Twain Technology Lighting System, a street light powered solely by wind and solar energy. It is completely sustainable and off-grid and can be placed almost anywhere.

Milbank Manufacturing- (Kansas City) In July 2011, Milbank announced plans to invest $2.7 million to set up new production lines for renewable energy products, primarily to help integrate power sources such as wind, solar, water, generators and power management.

Peabody Energy: (HQ St. Louis) Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company, with 2011 sales of 251 million tons and $7.9 billion in revenues.

Phycal: (St. Louis) Phycal's algae biotechnology laboratory at the BioResearch and Development Growth Park (BRDG) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, won a $24.2 million federal research grant in August 2010. Phycal researches how to develop a production system for growing algae and extracting an energy product, primarily algal oil. This oil can be converted into biodiesel, drop-in "green" replacements for diesel and jet fuel, fuel oil blends, and other products.

VestFiber: (Moberly) In December 2010, Vest-Fiber, a supplier of fiberglass products and services primarily to the wind turbine industry headquartered in Denmark, announced that Moberly, Mo. will be the location of a new manufacturing facility. The company's capital investment of $2 million will create 50 new local jobs.

Watlow- (HQ St. Louis) Watlow manufactures a broad range of heaters, sensors, and controllers specifically for use in the photovoltaic cell and module manufacturing industry.

Wind Capital Group: (HQ St. Louis) Wind Capital is a wind farm developer headquartered in St. Louis which has developed and sold 600 MW of wind farms and built another 160 MW in partnership with John Deere.

Zoltek: (HQ St. Louis) Zoltek supplies carbon fiber to wind industry manufacturers like DeWind Inc., Vestas Wind Systems, and Gamesa Eolica.


Missouri's Education and Research Centers Support Innovation and Growth

Thirteen Missouri colleges offer Precision Metal training courses or Associate degrees. Eleven Missouri universities offer Bachelor of Science or higher degrees in Engineering. Crowder College (Neosho) offers an Associate of Arts degree in Alternative Energy with three focus areas: biofuels, solar, and wind. Two Missouri colleges offer wind turbine technician training: Vatterott College and Pinnacle Career Institute, both in Kansas City. Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and St. Louis Community College both offer North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Installer test prep courses.

Missouri is also home to the following energy industry related research centers:

The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis (I-CARES): I-CARES was created in June 2007 to encourage and coordinate University-wide and external collaborative research on energy, environment, and sustainability that cannot be done by single investigators or by single disciplines alone. I-CARES fosters research on: the development and production of biofuels from plant and microbial systems; the exploration of sustainable alternative energy; and the exploration of environmental systems and practices.

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Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center: (Neosho) The mission of the MARET Center is to expand renewable energy throughout the region with education, applied research, and economic development. Educational programs include certification and transfer degrees encompassing green construction, solar thermal energy, solar electricity, wind, and bio fuels. The MARET Center also assists in new product development and other business support services in renewable energy.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Energy Research and Development Center: (Rolla) The Energy Research and Development Center's mission is to "educate students in energy topics, solve energy-related problems of society, deliver solutions for energy-related issues, increase the visibility of energy issues, and form collaborative relationships with university scientists, engineers, outside industrialists, and policy makers to prioritize, address, and resolve key energy-related issues." One of the Center's current initiatives is the Renewable Energy Demonstration Project, which consists of a grid inter-tie wind turbine system and a grid inter-tie photovoltaic array system with solar panels.

University of Central Missouri Center for Alternative Fuels and Environmental Sciences: (Warrensburg) CAFES emerged from the UCM Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics to facilitate projects concerning alternative energy production, environmental issues and expert consultation. Students at the center are building a solar-powered vehicle that costs less than similar projects across the nation.

University of Missouri Center for Sustainable Energy: (Columbia) The Center for Sustainable Energy was launched to support and coordinate research, education and commercialization of renewable energy sources.


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