Marty Lyons is the president of Ameren Missouri.
A few weeks ago, Ameren committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. This path was included in Ameren Missouri's fifteen year integrated resource plan provided to the Missouri Public Service Commission.
It's a large step for the industry if only because utilities in the Midwest like Ameren have depended upon coal-fired generation for the affordability and reliability of their electric service. So, PUF caught up with the president of Ameren Missouri to hear more about his company's plan, a fascinating discussion. Listen in.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Ameren made a big announcement in terms of your geography, serving a lot of customers in Missouri and Illinois, relative to where there's a lot of wind resource, for example. Talk about this amazing announcement.
Marty Lyons: We're excited. We recently announced the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions company-wide by 2050. It was a big announcement for us given where we are in the country and our current generation makeup.
While it's a company-wide announcement, more than ninety-nine percent of the emissions come from the fossil generation mix in Missouri. What enables us to get to that goal has to do with the transformation of our generation portfolio over the next twenty and thirty years.