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Missouri bicentennial design for license plate
The plate celebrates the bicentennial with red waves at the top of the plate and blue waves at the bottom of the plate to symbolize our Missouri flag and Missouri rivers, which figure prominently in the state’s historic role as a gateway for American exploration and transportation. The design also features Missouri’s state seal in the center of the plate, the years 1821 and 2021, and a star. Rendering courtesy Department of Revenue
Department of Revenue Begins Bicentennial License Plate Reissuance
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (, October 21, 2018 - To commemorate Missouri's bicentennial, the Legislature passed a law in 2016 requiring the Department of Revenue to begin a reissuance of license plates with a new, bicentennial design. The Department started issuing the bicentennial design this month to ensure everyone will receive their new plates by Missouri's bicentennial on Aug. 10, 2021.

The bicentennial design replaces the Missouri bluebird license plate introduced in 2008. The materials used for license plates have an average lifespan of six years; after which, they can begin to deteriorate. As Missouri's last reissuance was in 2008, many of the current bluebird license plates have been on the road for close to 10 years.

The bicentennial license plate officially entered into circulation Oct. 15, 2018. Most Missouri registration holders will be required to purchase the new, bicentennial license plates when their license plate registration comes up for renewal. However, individuals with specialty license plates, as well as permanent or historic registrations will be exempt. Specialty license plates are not the same as personalized license plates.

"It's an important time in our state to look at the history we've been through, the history this bicentennial license plate reflects, especially with the strength of our rivers that run through our state," said Kehoe. "By the time Missouri's bicentennial comes, Missourians will be able to see at every street corner a reflection of what our history is about and remember how deep and rich our history is."

Registration holders will receive their bicentennial license plates at their next regularly scheduled registration renewal falling on or after Oct. 15, 2018. The Department encourages its customers to watch for their renewal notice in the mail, or simply check their plates for the expiration date. When it is time to renew, they should go to their local license office, or they can get their new plates by mail.

"I heard it said the other day that it's important to give our state's history a future, and I think the bicentennial license plate is one of the things that does that," commented Rowden. A small reissuance fee covers the cost of the license plate materials and labor. The cost for one embossed plate is $1.68 and a set is $3.36. The cost for one flat plate is $3.77 and a set is $7.54.

Ameren Missouri Program Makes Solar Energy Available to All
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 21, 2018 - For the first time, Ameren Missouri customers can choose to receive the benefits of solar energy without installing a single panel on their roof.

Ameren Missouri has launched the Community Solar program, a new clean energy option available for all residential and small business customers who support renewable energy but don't have the space available for solar panels.

"Customers have complete control in the Community Solar Program and may select to enroll for up to half of their average annual energy use from this clean energy source," said Matt Forck, assistant vice president of community, economic development and energy solutions at Ameren Missouri. "This program is one of the ways we're focused on bringing our customers solutions to help manage their energy use."

Customers can visit to enroll. A new, one-megawatt solar facility, to be built just north of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, will supply the energy. Panels could be in service as soon as next summer.

Forck said the program is something customers have asked for, particularly those who want to take part in generating renewable energy but rent their home, live in an area with large trees and shading issues, or don't have the means necessary to otherwise participate.

"This program is designed specifically for customers who believe in renewable energy and want to support its growth in Missouri. Whether a family wants one block or many more, we know there is great support for solar energy in the state," Forck added.

Ameren Missouri is committed to increasing the amount of renewable solar and wind energy available to customers. In the next few years, Ameren Missouri will be adding a significant amount of clean resources onto the grid.

"Community Solar is yet another way Ameren Missouri is making the transition to cleaner generation in a responsible fashion with a goal of cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050," Forck said.

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