A Missouri appeals court has upheld polices developed by state utility regulators to implement a voter-approved law that requires greater use of renewable fuels.

The Missouri Public Service Commission wrote administrative rules for the law passed in 2008. The statute forces investor-owned utilities to use increasing amounts of renewable resources to produce electricity.

The administrative rules were challenged by an industry group for investor-owned utilities, power companies and an organization for industrial energy consumers.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District rejected the legal challenge and upheld the administrative rules.

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