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Solar Rebate Program in Kansas City May End

 

Kansas City Power & Light is looking to stop the popular rebate program in Kansas City. The rebate programs provides financial incentives to Missouri customers who install solar systems to their homes or businesses. The amount of rebates filed jumped from $350,00 in 2010 to $12 million in 2012.

 

KCP&L filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission to suspend the rebates later this year, and to cap it at $21 million annually. KCP&L projects that they will pay about $51 million should the filing not be approved.

 

The filing reports that the program is an unfair burden to those who don’t use the rebates, since all customers pay for the rebates in rates and other associated costs.

 

“We don’t want to spend a lot of money on a program that benefits less than 1 percent of our customers,” said Chuck Caisley, a spokesman for KCP&L.

 

“While the suspension will be lifted next year, the rebates will be limited to no more than $21 million, which would be split between the utility’s two Missouri territories. It will be first come, first served until each year’s funds are exhausted.”

 

Source: Kansas City Star

What Comes Up, Doesn’t Always Come Down

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

This is a departure from our typical technology post, but it’s still a vital part of any energy efficient project. I’m talking about utility rates.

On average, utility rates typically rise 6-8 percent annually. At a time of record high fuel prices, historic environmental challenges, and industrial structural change, the nation’s demand for reliable electric power continues to grow, and utility companies must keep up. Without increasing rates, the energy demand could impact the quality of service, impair the ability of the utility industry to meet growing demands, and undermine the financial health of the utility industry.

In other words, utility rates will always be rising based on a variety of factors. Most utility companies in Kansas City, including Kansas City Power & Light and Amereen Missouri for example, are using the increased rates to, in part, pay for energy programs and plants.

In Janaury of this year, Missouri state regulators approved a rate increase that will affect 600,000 customers. The parent company to KCP&L was granted a $64 million increase among the utility’s three service areas.

About half of the customers in the KCP&L territory will see a 9.1 percent increase, while customers in the Great Plains territory will see a 5.2 percent increase. Businesses in the former St. Joseph Light & Power service area will see an average increase of 12.9 percent.

Since 2005, KCP&L’s prices are up about 50 percent in Missouri and Kansas. The utility was also approved for a 6.7 percent increase for customers in Kansas. And the rates will continue to climb, especially for large facilities and warehouses.

Businesses should be inclined to reduce their energy use, especially if they are looking to cut costs. On average, lighting accounts for more than 10 percent of your utility bill. Lighting retrofits and utility rebates are the best way to lower your utility costs. We also offer other energy efficient solutions that can help lower your costs including insulation, window tinting, and zoo fans.

-Gaylen

Energy Saving Rules Upheld in MO Appeals Court

A Missouri appeals court has upheld regulations of energy-saving incentives for utility customers.

Last week, the Western Districts court’s decision allows utility companies to recoup the cost of energy efficiency incentives for customers when they request rate increases from the Missouri Public Service Commission, which recently allowed an increase rates throughout Missouri.

More than one-third of last year’s $260 million rate hike for Ameren Missouri is devoted to recovering costs from energy-efficiency measures.

Source: KSDK.com

KCP&L Rates Increase 9.1 Percent in Missouri

State regulators on Wednesday approved a rate increase that will affect 600,000 customers in Missouri.

Great Plains Energy, the parent company to Kansas City Power & Light, was granted $64 million of the $106 million requested. The increases varied among the utility’s three service areas.

About half of the customers in the KCP&L territory will see a 9.1 percent increase, so the average residential customer will see a monthly increase averaging $8.90. Customers in the Great Plains territory will see a 5.2 percent increase; an average monthly increase of $5.70. The residential customers in the former St. Joseph Light & Power service area will see an average increase of 12.9 percent which equals to about $12.91 each month.

The rates will, in part, pay for an energy plan that includes the coal-fired Iatan 2 plant near Weston, and wind energy projects. The increases will go into effect later this month.

KCP&L’s prices are up about 50 percent since 2005 in Missouri and Kansas. The utility recently got approval for a 6.7 percent increase in Kansas.

Read more from the Kansas City Star.

KCP&L Rate Increase Approved in Kansas

KCP&L won approval for a 6.7 percent annual rate hike for Kansas utility customers. The increase is expected to go into effect next month.

Kansas City Power & Light customers in Kansas will soon see increases in their utility bill. The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved a $33.1 million (6.7 percent) annual rate hike.

KCP&L originally asked for $63 million but subsequently reduced the request to $56 million to pay for environmental upgrades and a wind-energy project. The company said the rate hike was “in large part to meet federal environmental regulations and a state renewable energy mandate.” The average residential customer will see an increase of about $70 per year.

The utility company is also asking Missouri regulators to raise rates by up to 15 percent. The Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates utility rates, is expected to decide next month. If approved, residential customers in Missouri will see an increase of $180 a year.

The rate increase for Kansas is expected to go into effect next month.

Source: Kansas City Star

KCP&L’s New Efficiency Program Increases Rate

The KCP&L increase will affect about 300,000 customers living east and north of Kansas City.

About 300,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers will soon see an increase in their utility bills after the company approved a new efficiency program Thursday.

The program will include energy-efficient rebates that will help users save energy and money, but the program will cost customers about $40 million. Katie McDonald, KCP&L’s communications director, assured that over the next three years, the program will save customers much more.

“We are projecting over $140 million in customer savings through those programs,” explained McDonald.

The program impacts less than half of KCP&L’s 820,000 customers. Most of those affected live in surrounding suburbs to the east and north of Kansas City, where an increase was inevitable.

“Instead of charging customers to build a new power plant, it’s going to cost them far less for us to implement these programs,” McDonald said.

KCP&L is in the process of requesting a 10.9 percent rate increase for Missouri customers that has not yet been approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Source: Kansas City Star

Energy Storage System Coming to KC

KCP&L is piloting a new smart grid energy storage technology in Kansas City.

KCP&L, MRIGlobal, and Exergonix Inc. are running a trial of a new smart grid energy storage technology in Kansas City.

Developed by Exergonix, the new technology features a nano-battery, one-megawatt cell that is being tested in its first live smart grid test. Installed last summer, the battery will support KCP&L’s SmartGrid Demonstration Area.

The battery is being tested for its effectiveness for managing energy on the electric grid. “The battery stores solar energy produced in the Demonstration Area, and is used to support energy delivery during peak demand times of the day.”

Source: Energy Manager Today

Time is Running Out on Incentives

KCP&L rebates can pay for nearly half of your lighting upgrade investments.

The KCP&L rebates aren’t going to last forever. In fact, they may not be available next year. Rebates for the state of Kansas are no longer available, but the ones for Missouri customers are.

If you have considered updating your lighting system in the past, now is the time to do it. And if the rebates are not enough incentive, commonly used T12 lights have been phased out by the Department of Energy, and are no longer available for manufacture or import into the United States.

Because of this, current inventories are depleting, and prices are getting higher. Updating your system now can pay for nearly half of your investment.

Rebates Drive Lighting Retrofits

Rebates and tax incentives helped this Kansas City warehouse update their lighting to save on costs and monthly utilities.

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are more prevalent in lighting retrofits, especially as many companies are looking to their utilities to provide rebates. The rebates offer a large energy savings that takes reduces upfront costs.

“Utilities across the country show limited prescriptive rebate support for LED lighting,” found a report by Groom Energy and GTM research. And the number keeps growing.

In fact, four years ago, there was about $3.1 billion in total U.S. rebate dollars. And the numbers are expected to more than double in coming years, from $7.4 billion to $12.4 billion available in 2020.

There’s no coincidence that the LED market is growing as well. LEDs are one of the fastest growing light replacements to traditional fluorescent lights and offer a higher energy efficiency. It’s no wonder that the increased utility funds will help push LEDs into the commercial and industrial mainstream.

Source: Green Tech Media

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