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Kansas City to Get More Natural Gas Pumps

Kansas City will have more natural gas pumps soon. The Kansas Gas Service has operated the only place in the metro area where the public could fill up on compressed natural gas, which burns cleaner and is cheaper than gasoline or diesel.

The KS Gas Service outlet in Overland Park has been improved to fill more vehicles faster, and is looking to add more filling stations.

Clean Energy Fuels, which owns and operates natural-gas stations across the country, are nearing a deal with officials to open a filling station in Kansas City. The station would “provide compressed natural gas to city-owned vehicles as well as to other fleets and the public.”

Natural gas is catching on in the U.S. but has much room for improvement. There are about 120,000 natural gas vehicles on American roads, compared with 15.5 million worldwide. The ample amount of domestic natural gas from shale could reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil.

Read more about the project from the Kansas City Star.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Boosting Efficiency Investment in Missouri

Energy efficiency measures have always been a way to reduce the amount of energy used.  “Energy efficiency is the single most cost-effective resource that provides a means of meeting energy and demand needs while also minimizing the need to build new, expensive generating plants or to retrofit older fossil fuel plants.”

In 2009, the Missouri General Assembly passed into law the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act. The law sought to “value demand-side investments equal to traditional investments in supply and delivery infrastructure and allow recovery of all reasonable and prudent costs of delivering cost-effective demand-side programs.”

Most recently, the Missouri commission approved two proposals from Ameren Missouri and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations. The proposals each implement a portfolio of energy-efficiency programs for residential, industrial, and commercial consumers.

Robert S. Kenney, the chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission wrote a great article on the energy efficiency measures in Missouri. Read the whole article on Energy Biz.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

EPA Announces Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

Energy star certified green building

Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than average buildings.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of U.S. cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012. The news highlights how owners and managers of commercial buildings across the country are taking action on climate change while delivering real financial savings to their business bottom line.

Last year, there were more than 20,000 Energy Star certified buildings that saved more than $2.7 billion in annual utility bills while preventing greenhouse emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of more than two million homes. In 2012 alone, more than 8,200 buildings earned EPA’s Energy Star certification.

“Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. EPA continues to see an increase in buildings applying for and earning Energy Star certification each year.”

Major metropolitan cities top the list including Los Angeles, that come in first for the fifth year in a row with 528 certified buildings. Washington, D.C. has 462 buildings, and Chicago comes in third with 353 buildings. Other cities include Phoenix, Boston, Philadelphia, and Houston. Kansas City ranks 23rd in the list with 82 certified buildings.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide, as verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than average buildings.

Energy Star was launched in 1992 by the EPA in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, Energy Star has saved American families and businesses more than $230 billion on utility bills.

Read the list of Top Cities with the most Energy Star Certified Buildings in 2012.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Sprint Joins Better Buildings Challenge

Based in Overland Park, Sprint has become the first telecommunications company to join the Better Buildings Program, a federal program to help commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.

The Better Buildings Challenge began in 2011 after the U.S. Department of Energy found that the U.S. spends about $200 billion to power commercial buildings – and another $200 billion to power industrial facilities.

Sprint has secured five percent of its total energy use from renewable energy – including wind, solar, geothermal, and hydrogen fuel cells. The company is seeking to reduce their energy consumption by 20 percent by 2017.

“As the first telecommunications company to join the program, Sprint looks forward to learning from the other program participants and contributing its own best practices,” Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate responsibility for Sprint, said in a statement.

Source: Kansas City Business Journal

Feature Client: the Neenan Company

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


The Neenan Company is a Kansas City wholesale plumbing supply store. They are a family-owned business with nine branch offices located in Missouri and Kansas. In the last couple of years, the company has updated their lighting systems for their buildings.

Neenan has completed several lighting projects with Worldwide Energy. One lighting project was at their Blue Valley facility. The exterior of the building had inefficient lighting, and was not well lit. The exterior flood and mercury vapor fixtures were replaced with state of the art energy-efficient bulbs and ballasts.

Read more about this project in the case study.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • 29,823 annual kWh saved
  • $2,982 annual utility savings
  • $16,000 in rebates & tax incentives

 

Natural Gas Prices Stay Low

The price of natural gas continues to stay low, especially during the final stretch of winter thanks to ample production and supplies, writes Steve Everly of the Kansas City Star.

Jim Bartling, a spokesman for Atmos Energy says the prices will not rise like they did in March last year. In 2012, Atmos customers paid about 10 percent less for a unit of gas compared with the previous year.

Read more about natural gas prices in Kansas City.

 

Feature Client: The Sygma Network

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


Project Scope:

The Sygma Network is a food distribution company that provides services to many well-known restaurants. It has 17 distribution centers that deliver more than 150 million cases of product per year, and that includes the distribution center in Kansas City.

The company was looking to add more efficient lighting in their warehouse. Their main concern was providing better lighting so their employees could see paperwork more clearly. Worldwide Energy retrofitted the commercial facility with premium T8 fixtures.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • 300,000 kWh saved
  • Better lighting distribution
  • Annual projected utility savings of more than $23,000

2013 Renewable Energy Forecast

Renewable energy, especially wind and solar, are sure to see an increase in 2013 compared to last year.

Renewable energy certainly had a model year in 2012, but what’s the future look for solar, wind, and natural gas?

In the U.S., new solar capacity reached nearly 2,000 MW, and wind capacity reached 6,519 NW, just edging out gas capacity and more than doubling new coal installations.

As great as those numbers look, there are some looming clouds for renewables. The wind industry faces the loss of valuable tax credit if it is not renewed in 2013. “According to the Financial Times, total investment in wind and solar in 2012 may well fall compared to 2011– the first time that’s happened in nearly a decade.”

But both wind and solar are becoming more competitive against fossil fuels with solar modules being 75 percent less expensive compared to four years ago, and the cost of wind turbines have fallen by 25 percent over the last three years. This was largely due to technological advances that have driven down the cost of renewable energy, making it more affordable for smaller businesses.

While there are still hurdles ahead for renewable energy, there’s still an enormous market for new electricity generation, utility savings, and public support. “2013 may not be as good for renewables as 2012 – a lot will depend on how the larger global economy fares but we won’t be going backward.”

Source: Time.com

The Year in Review

What a year! Energy efficiency continues to be a growing field that many consumers and business owners are embracing. With the phase out of inefficient T12 lighting, many businesses understand the need for efficient lighting including LED, plasma, and induction.

Renewable energy also had a big year, especially in Kansas City where several large solar arrays were installed at businesses including one at the Surplus Exchange.

We at Worldwide Energy are grateful and proud of all that has been accomplished in 2012. We were able to help our clients achieve significant energy savings including:

  • Reducing more than 2 million kWh
  • Saved more than $208,000 in utility savings annually
  • Reduced 2,433,403 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • Equivalent to removing 301 cars, and planting more than 39,000 trees

What were some of your company’s savings? We look forward to another great year of energy savings in 2013.

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