City promotes energy efficiency

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An announcement made Friday has put Kansas City in the spotlight yet again. It was introduced by three major players: the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the City of Kansas City represented by Mayor Sly James and KCP&L.

The Kansas City Energy Initiative was announced at KCP&L’s energy center downtown. According to a city spokesperson, Kansas City was only one of 10 cities selected in the United States to participate in the City Energy Project.

Mayor Sly James said the city was also selected, in part, because it was the only city proposal that included a strong partnership with the regional Chamber of Commerce and the local investor-owned electrical utility, KCP&L.

“The cheapest form of energy is the energy you don’t use,” Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Heeter said. “Thanks to our partnership with the city and other organizations, the Chamber will be able to provide the KC business community with the education and resources that will help them become energy efficient and positively affect their bottom line.”

Although the plan will be a three-year initiative, Mayor James outlined annual targets. By the end of 2016, Kansas City will be a top-rated U.S. city recognized for Energy Start certification.

“I’m proud of the collaborative spirit behind this event,” Mayor Sly James said.  “Once again, Kansas City is demonstrating that we are a leader in coming together to take meaningful action to reduce emissions that fuel climate change and threaten our health, our community, and our economy. The partners at today’s announcement show that we take our responsibility to increase energy efficiency seriously and I look forward to seeing how our community responds to my energy efficiency challenge.”

The ultimate goal is to save the city $50 million a year, decrease energy use around the metro by 5 percent and reduce greenhouse gases by 6 percent.

Some buildings who have agreed to start in the energy savings plan include:

  • Hallmark Cards, Inc
  • IBEW Local Union 124 Office and Training Facility
  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • Kessinger/Hunter - 13 Buildings
  • Metropolitan Energy Center
  • H&R Block
  • Rockhurst University
  • Saint Luke’s Health System - 2 Hospital Campuses and a Hospice Facility
  • Truman Medical Center – Corporate Wide
  • University of Missouri Kansas City  - 6 Buildings
  • US General Services Administration Richard Bolling Federal Building

“Working with the Chamber and the city is a great opportunity not just for us, but also for our customers,”  Caisley said. “We can create a one-stop shop to educate companies on our programs, teach them how to benchmark and manage their electric usage, leverage our rebates to lower the capital cost of their energy efficiency investments, and grow the economy by using local contractors for installation of projects.”

The official launch will start July, 6 2014.

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