Annual conference discusses ways Missouri can move forward with energy consumption

At an annual conference, leaders within the energy efficiency field discuss how the energy business is driving today’s economy.

Midwest Energy Policy Conference, held at Washington University from Oct. 3-4, is an event featured speakers from all over the state that invites them to discuss how Missouri uses energy and how the state could improve its energy usage.

The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Energy Initiative, which is a group that consists of industry, educational institutions, and interested parties in energy consumption in the state of Missouri.

One of the speakers, Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, said one of the most important factors regarding energy savings is education.

Daniel Hall and Rep. Miller discussing energy consumption.

“As soon as we start educating ourselves we start seeing, ‘Hey we do have an issue here in the state of Missouri.'” Miller said. “There are things that we can do to lessen the burden, which when we lessen the burden on the utilities and the Public Service Commission that saves us all money. Another reason is to just have a better idea of how we use energy in the state and we can conserve it and also how we can utilize it in new and interesting ways.”

The conference also took advice from last year’s visitors on how to improve the conference.

Josh Campbell, executive director of the Missouri Energy Initiative, said this year’s event implemented suggestions from last year’s guests, who wanted more time to interact and trade ideas with one another.

“As promised last year, MEI has sifted the parameters of the Midwest Energy Policy Conference based on your feedback,” Campbell said in a written statement. “We’ve reduced the number of sessions, which was provided time for facilitated discussion groups to allow attendees to work towards solutions for Missouri’s energy future.”

Additionally, Campbell said he hoped the conference was a learning experience for everyone and changes to how Missouri uses energy were in the near future.

Click here for a full schedule of Midwest Energy Policy Conference.

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