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James Owen

James Owen

James Owen is the executive director of Renew Missouri. Prior to this role, he served as Missouri's Public Counsel - representing ratepayers across the state. He is an attorney and has served as a Associate Circuit Judge in Southwest Missouri.

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Community solar offers grid relief, energy independence | Opinion

By: - March 14, 2022

We have lots of problems in regards to energy. Community solar should be part of the answer. One issue is energy infrastructure. Having a massive grid makes customers susceptible to outages from extreme weather and cyberattacks. A centralized grid where power is produced hundreds of miles away requires big, expensive transmission lines. Lawmakers in Missouri […]

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Missouri lawmakers must have facts on solar before acting

By: - February 22, 2021

The Missouri Legislature is considering a proposal that would allow utilities to specifically target solar customers and charge them a higher fee for the costs they are allegedly adding to the grid. The bill is being pushed by the rural electric cooperatives. In fact, during testimony at the House Utilities Committee, lawmakers were happy to […]