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KCMO skyline to 'go dark' Monday night in effort to conserve energy

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 20:46:59-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, skyline downtown will “go dark” Monday night in an effort to conserve energy, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced.

Lucas tweeted Monday afternoon that the city is “actively communicating” with its downtown partners to turn off the skyline lights. City Hall's exterior lights also will be turned off, according to Lucas.

Lucas said it's part of a “commitment to conserving electricity” after some residents throughout the Kansas City region experienced planned outages due to overwhelmed utility systems.

Utility companies in Kansas and Missouri, which are part of the 14-state Southwest Power Pool, began asking customers on Sunday night to conserve their usage due to the stretch of below-freezing days in the Midwest and the demand its created for energy.

Local utility boards echoed those calls Monday morning.

Among the ways residents can conserve energy are:

  • Setting the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees;
  • Unplugging electronics that aren’t in use;
  • Using large appliances between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.