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Columbia exceeds renewable energy goal for 2014

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The Columbia Water and Light Department generated 7.22 percent of its energy for utility customers using renewable sources, exceeding the 5 percent goal for 2014 and nearly halfway to the 15 percent objective by 2018, according to a report from the city.

To meet that goal by the end of 2017, the city put out requests for proposals to renewable energy contractors asking for bids for any kind of renewable energy, said Connie Kacprowicz, spokeswoman for Water and Light. The city’s portfolio of renewable energy consists of wind power from two farms, one in Iowa and one in northwest Missouri; biofuel from the city’s landfill and the Jefferson City landfill; waste wood at the Municipal Power Plant; city-owned and operated solar panels; and solar panels owned by private residents that connect and feed into the power grid.

[Columbia Tribune]