Kehoe: Return to nuclear vote

State Sen. Mike Kehoe circulated to Senate colleagues a three-page “Open Letter to Missouri General Assembly on Missouri’s Energy Future.”

“How we plan for Missouri’s energy future is an extraordinarily important topic,” the letter said. “We have reliable and low-cost power today because we’ve taken long-term planning seriously.”

Dated Monday, the letter was signed by six men who head Ameren Missouri, Kansas City Power and Light Co., Empire District Electric Co., Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.

That’s the coalition backing efforts to modify state law, so ratepayers could be charged for the costs of a utility’s successfully applying for and getting a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s early site permit to determine whether another nuclear power plant could be built at Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear Plant site near Reform.

Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, circulated the letter on Tuesday, a day after he urged senators to consider debating, and voting for, the early site permit bill.

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