Since we began serving our members more than 40 years ago, we have placed a high priority on environmental stewardship. This is part of our mission and it always has been.
In an era of growing demand for electricity and a heightened awareness of the environment, today's electric utilities find themselves in a unique position as power providers and protectors of the environment. Our commitment to the environment goes hand in hand with our compliance with governmental regulations concerning the environment, health and safety in the interest of protecting our member communities, their consumers and the general public.
Energy for tomorrow
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and our members have long enjoyed a balanced energy supply, nearly half of which is renewable hydropower. Coal-fired generation comprises most of the remaining half. However, in recent years, our generating portfolio has grown more diverse with the addition of natural gas and wind energy resources along with an increasingly aggressive program to realize energy efficiency and reduce the growth rate of our peak demand.
Here are a few other ways we're responding to the environmental challenges facing our industry and that of our nation:
- Environmental protection measures at our baseload power plants ensure that emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and particulates are well below regional averages. We take very seriously our mission to balance the provision of reliable, cost-effective energy with the utmost sensitivity to the environment.
- Conservation and energy efficiency are the most environmentally friendly resources and, often, they are the least expensive. That's why we offer the Bright Energy Solutions® program, which provides incentives to those who install qualified new energy-saving technologies or retrofit existing equipment in their homes or businesses.
- We also offer infrared scanning and ultrasonic leak detection services to our member utilities and their business customers. These services mean significant savings both in terms of a customer's monthly electric bill and energy consumption.
- MRES and 32 of its members earned the American Public Power Association's Golden Tree Award for their tree-planting efforts. MRES was the first joint-action agency in the nation to earn that honor.
- MRES also is a member of the Steering Committee for the Clean and Efficient Energy Program, which helps public power utilities find the guidance needed to successfully plan, manage, and evaluate energy efficiency programs.
- MRES contributes to other environmental stewardship projects, including the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study, the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust, the Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition, and the Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) program.