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Given the job of determining the energy source best suited to supply power to the Springfield metro area, a citizens panel held its first meeting Monday March 8th. Mike Smith has the story:
At the first meeting of the 17 member Power Supply Community Task Force agreed on how to proceed with the taks of reccommending a cost effective, environmentally and voter friendly power supply option that will serve the future needs of the Springfield metro area.
Panel Co-Chair Jack Stack says through a series of meetings, presentatons, and personal research, task force members agreed to individually assign a point system value to a number of power supply options and each option's associated accountabilities. The group will look at the costs, availability, assured deliverly, environmental concerns, financial risks, voter appeal, and practicality of these power supply options: Coal; Natural Gas; Wind; Solar; Nuclear; Energy Conservation Methods; and Renewable Options. Jack Stack says each member of the task force will have the option of assigning up to 10 points of value for each power supply option.
The task force was formed on the reccommendation of Springfield City Utilities after voters said no last August to a 578 million dollar coal fired power plant. Panel members represent a wide range of professions and interests, and were chosen to serve on the task force by Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson and Greene County Presiding commissioner Dave Coonrod.
The Power Supply Community Task Force will meet every 3 weeks or so, and will sometime in mid July, reccommend which method or methods of supplying power would be best suited for the Springfield area.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.