- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri say it plans to reduce its reliance on coal-fired power plants over the next two decades.

The St. Louis-based utility submitted information Wednesday to state utility regulators detailing its long-range plan for energy production.

The utility said it got 77 percent of its energy from coal-fired power plants last year but has a goal of reducing that to 62 percent by 2034.

Ameren says it plans to shut down six coal-fired generating units while adding power plants fueled by natural gas, wind, sunlight and methane gas released by landfills.

The plan would result in a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions by 2035. That’s a larger reduction but at a slower pace than prescribed for Missouri under proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules.

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