Why is a Diverse Energy Portfolio so Important in Missouri?

The energy output from a solararray or wind turbine does not typically coincide with a Member-Owner’s peakload: early in the morning on a cold winter day. That is why a diverse powersupply including coal and gas is so important. The chart below shows thatreplacing Missouri’s existing baseload resources with 5,000 megawatts of windor solar leaves a huge gap between what Member-Owners need to power their homes and what wind or solar would provide on a peak winter day.