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
The wind farm in Atchison County, Missouri is one of six wind farms in the state that generate a total of 459 megawatts of power.
When it comes to wind development, Missouri lags behind its neighbors, according to a new report. The American Wind Association’s 2012 Annual Market report shows that Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois have each added at least 1,400 megawatts each.
The last wind farm in Missouri was the 150 megawatt Lost Creek wind farm. It is also the state’s largest wind farm. It was completed two and a half years ago, and no wind projects have been developed since. The six wind farms in Missouri can generate 459 megawatts of power, which are mostly sold to utilities.
“Missourians in 2008 voted 2-1 to approve a state renewable energy standard, a measure requiring utilities to gradually ramp up use of renewable resources through 2021, when 15 percent of power they sold to consumers would have to come from the wind, sun, or other renewable sources.”
Although the ballot initiative has yet to trigger the kind of wind development envisioned, there are several groups looking to add wind energy to Missouri. The Show-Me state ranked as number 13 in the wind association’s rank of the top 20 states for wind energy potential.
So the potential and wind resource is there to further develop wind energy in Missouri. And as wind turbine technology advances, it will continue to improve the economics of wind as an energy source.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By Gaylen Davenport
Flat Ridge 2, the largest wind farm to be built in Kansas, was set to begin operation at the end of 2012. The project has 274 wind turbines, each generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity that’s enough to power 160,000 homes.
“Besides being the largest wind farm in Kansas, the $800 million project is the largest ever to be built all at once, instead of in phases.”
Wind energy has been bolstered by requirements in Kansas and Missouri, that electric utilities use renewable energy to meet part of electricity demand. “Wind energy has been boosted by the Production Tax Credit, which is used to reduce the price of electricity produced to help make it more competitive.”
Kansas has been ranked the second best in the U.S. in wind resources.
Source: Kansas City Star
Natural gas will soon be available to a larger area near Lake of the Ozarks, including places that traditionally use propane or wood.
Residents around Lake of the Ozarks may have more heating options as infrastructure develops in the area. Natural gas will soon be available to a larger area than ever before, including places that traditionally use propane or wood. Natural gas was available to some Ameren Missouri customers until now.
But what’s the different between propane and natural gas? Both have their advantages.
Natural gas is a naturally occurring mixture that is colorless, shapeless, and odorless. It is a versatile energy source that includes providing electricity to buildings, fueling cars for transportation, and for manufacturing and industrial uses. When used as transportation fuel, natural gas can save consumers 20 to 30 percent.
Propane is a hydrocarbon produced from the combination of natural gas processing and crude oil refining. Propane is non-toxic, and also colorless and odorless. It is often used to fuel everyday appliances including heaters, furnaces, outdoor grills, and air conditioning units.
There certainly are a number of benefits to using either propane or natural gas. Residents and businesses near Lake of the Ozarks are sure to reap the benefits of either energy source.
Source: Lake News Online
The EnergyWorks KC program provides technical and monetary assistance for energy efficient upgrades, including lighting retrofits.
Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings in Kansas City, Missouri have a unique opportunity to save even more on lighting retrofits.
The EnergyWorks program provides technical assistance to cities, counties, nonprofit, public, and private sector entities to improve the energy efficiency and operating costs of existing commercial and public buildings. The program also provides a low-interest loan fund to help finance improvements for nonprofit facilities.
Businesses that implement energy efficient upgrades, including lighting retrofits, can receive $3,000 to $6,000 towards improvements. But act quickly, the program is funded only until May 2013, but may be extended.
To find out more about the EnergyWorks KC program and whether you qualify, contact our office at (913) 310-0705 to speak with a certified energy consultant, and to schedule an audit.
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
If approved, the Missouri Gas Energy rate increase would cost the average residential customer $5.25 more a month.
It’s going to be a cold winter, and Missouri Gas Energy is looking to increase their rates. The utility company recently requested a winter rate increase that would cost the average residential customer $5.25 more per month.
The company field the request with the Public Service Commission, which oversees these requests. If approved, the rate increase will take effect November 1.
“MGE spokesman Jason Fulp said the increase reflects the cost MGE and other distribution companies pay to buy gas, plus transportation, and storage expenses.”
The utility company is based in Kansas City and has about 500,000 customers in 155 western Missouri communities.
Source: KMBC News
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.
Missouri and Kansas ranks among the states that needed the most improvements on energy efficiency according to the ACEEE.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently released their sixth annual state scorecard. The ACEEE measures states energy efficiency initiatives.
The top states include Massachusetts, California, and Oregon. The three most improved states are Oklahoma (thanks to newly enacted natural gas efficiency programs), Montana, and South Carolina.
States most in need of improvement include Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
“Energy efficiency improvements help businesses, governments, and consumers meet their needs by using less energy, saving them money, driving investment across all sectors of the economy, creating much-needed jobs, and reducing environmental impacts,” said Steven Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE.
See how your state measures up by viewing the ACEEE scoreboard.