Imagine if Missouri’s energy utilities could take a similar path. What if aging, failing substations that use decades-old equipment were replaced with the most modern, technologically advanced equipment?

Technology is an amazing thing. It makes our lives easier to function, more productive and even safer. As technology improves, so do the costs of most things we buy. If you rely on older technology for too long, you aren’t able to keep up with the changes that occur and become obsolete.

Initially, HDTV’s were incredibly expensive and their price tag kept many consumers from purchasing one. Over time, not only did the HDTV’s reliability and performance get better, their costs came down considerably.

It wasn’t long before one could buy an HDTV at the price of what old-styled TVs were sold, except you couldn’t even use the old tube-TVs anymore without buying a special converter. Now, you don’t even need cable TV, as your favorites shows can be picked up over HDTV broadcasts with an inexpensive HDTV antenna.

Imagine if Missouri’s energy utilities could take a similar path. What if aging, failing substations that use decades-old equipment were replaced with the most modern, technologically advanced equipment?

Think about what could happen if equipment not prone to failure were deployed everywhere, providing electricity even more reliably and affordably than it is today. Stable and affordable energy is a priority for today's consumers and businesses.

The General Assembly is considering legislation to update the Missouri’s energy plan and make it easier for our utility companies to deploy more advanced equipment into their substations.

The Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council (LOREDC) feels the legislation, SB 190/HB 628, must be passed now to ensure we have a more efficient and dependable energy grid in Missouri.