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      Governor Nixon launches new energy plan

      Governor Jay Nixon made his energy plan announcement during a renewable energy conference on the Mizzou campus.

      Governor Jay Nixon announced a new energy plan for the state.

      The Governor needs the help of all Missourians as he works for greener and more affordable energy.

      Governor Nixon said that the Missouri Department of Economic Developmentâ??s Division of Energy is working on a new comprehensive energy plan for the state. He made his announcement during a renewable energy conference on the Mizzou campus.

      Governor Nixon said, â??We want to chart a clear course to the future when it comes to energy. Itâ??s intertwined with the economy in a deep way. This will give us the opportunity to have a collaborative process thatâ??s similar to the strategic initiative that we did for economic development 4 years ago.â??

      The Governor wants more Missourians to use energy efficiency programs offered by utility companies. Experts at the renewable energy conference said the Governorâ??s new energy plan will help people save money by cutting back on energy use and relying more on renewable energy.

      Event organizer Jay Hasheider said, â??The Governor is putting together a team with a first task of putting together an energy plan that will be an economic motivating force for Missouri in the future.â??

      Missouri state agencies reduced energy use by more than 22% since the Governor signed an executive order in 2009. It requires agencies to reduce their energy use by at least 2% each year.

      Governor Nixon will have a series of public meetings across the state to get input from consumers, businesses and utility companies. Those meetings will help the Governor develop his new comprehensive energy plan that he hopes will be cleaner and more affordable.

      Governor Nixon named Lewis Mills as the new Director of the Division of Energy.

      Kristy Manning will serve as the Division of Energyâ??s new Deputy Director of Policy.