Missouri has made some big strides in saving electricity. The latest report card from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Missouri 32nd among the states, up 12 spots from 2015. Kristy Manning, director of the Missouri Department of Energy, said as part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, states are encouraged to select energy efficiency as a way to meet goals set by the federal government. “With just some thoughtful planning, it’s not hard for a state to start making some real progress and advancement in these areas,” said Manning. “But it does require some strategic planning and thoughtfulness in how to approach it, and how to do it most meaningfully.” Missouri was praised for its Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE). It allows property owners to apply for financing to make energy-saving upgrades, like adding insulation, storm windows and doors, LED lighting and upgrades to heating and cooling systems. The money is paid back over 20 years.
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