Energy Efficiency Goals

April 25, 2017


Note: On February 1, 2017, the Missouri Secretary of State published proposed changes to the PSC’s demand-side program rules under the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act. Comments on the rule are due by April 27, 2017.


In 2009, Missouri enacted the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act, creating a framework for energy savings and peak reduction for investor-owned electric utilities through voluntary investment in demand-side management. 

Electric Sales and Peak Demand Reduction Goals

The goals outlined below were created by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2010, with benchmarks beginning in 2012. These goals may change in proposed amendments to the rules that are pending as of April 20, 2017 (See Pgs. 160-174). The proposed goals would be based on actual years in which MEEIA portfolios are in effect.

Year Annual Sales Reductions Annual Peak Reductions Cumulative Sales Reductions Cumulative Peak Reductions
2012 0.3% 1.0% 0.3% 1.0%
2013 0.5% 1.0% 0.8% 2.0%
2014 0.7% 1.0% 1.5% 3.0%
2015 0.9% 1.0% 2.4% 4.0%
2016 1.1% 1.0% 3.5% 5.0%
2017 1.3% 1.0% 4.8% 6.0%
2018 1.5% 1.0% 6.3% 7.0%
2019 1.7% 1.0% 8.0% 8.0%
2020 1.9% 1.0% 9.9% 9.0%
2021+ 1.9% 1.0% -- --

The goal of the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act is to achieve all cost-effective demand-side savings. However, the rules governing demand-side management programs in Missouri explicitly state that  "no penalty or adverse consequence will accrue" to a utility not implementing programs that meet these goals, and that these targets should not be considered anything other than a voluntary guideline.

Program Administrator Type

The investor-owned electric utilities affected by this goal administer the programs intended to meet the intent of the goal.

Cost-Effectiveness and Program Evaluation

To evaluate the effectiveness of the affected utilities, Missouri uses the Total Resource Cost Test (TRC) as a preferred cost-effectiveness test, one of the five classic "California tests" from the California Standard Practice Manual. The only exceptions to the cost-effectiveness requirement are for programs for educational purposes or for low-income customers, as well as programs for which costs above the level of cost-effectiveness are covered by participants or government credits or incentives.

Utility Cost Recovery Provisions

Utilities are permitted to recover the throughput disincentive associated with estimated lost marginal revenues and the direct costs of running demand-side programs, and the the PSC also permits both Ameren Missouri and the two Kansas City Power & Light utilities (KCP&L & KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations) to receive earnings opportunities The earnings opportunities consist of a portion of the utilities' net shared benefits (the costs avoided by the programs managed by each utility) based on verified annual energy and demand savings. See stipulation and orders for more information (links below).

Special Provisions

Customers can opt out of charges for demand-side programs if they 1) have one or more accounts within the service territory with demand of at least 5 MW, 2) own and operate an interstate pipeline pumping station, or 3) have an aggregate demand across the service territory of 2.5 MW, and a "comprehensive" demand-side or energy efficiency program and can demonstrate savings at least equal to those expected from utility-provided programs.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Missouri
Incentive Type: Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
Electric Sales Reduction: Increasing annual benchmarks beginning in 2012
Cumulative savings of 9.9% by 2020, increasing by 1.9% each year thereafter
Electric Peak Demand Reduction: Annual benchmarks beginning in 2012 which increase by 1.0% per year
Cumulative reduction of 9% by 2020, increasing by 1% each year thereafter


Name: R.S. Mo. § 393.1075
Date Enacted: 2009
Name: 4 CSR 240-20.094
Date Enacted: 10/04/2010
Effective Date: 05/30/2011
Name: MO PSC Order Approving Ameren Missouri Incentive Mechanism
Date Enacted: 12/29/2012
Name: MO PSC Order Approving KCP&L Utilities' Incentive Mechanism
Date Enacted: 07/05/2014
Effective Date: 07/15/2014


Name: General Information
Organization: Missouri Public Service Commission
Address: P.O. Box 360
Jefferson City MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3234

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.