Midwest Energy offers its residential and small commercial electricity and natural gas customers in good standing a way to finance energy efficiency improvements on eligible properties. Under the How$mart on-bill financing program, the utility will pay the initial cost of making energy efficiency improvements, then recoup the cost of these improvements through a surcharge on the customer's bill. The surcharge is designed to never exceed 90% of the projected energy savings associated with the improvements. It allows customers to make efficiency improvements with no up-front costs.
Kansas adopted the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act in May 2009 (see K.S.A. 66-1263 through 66-1271), establishing net metering for customers of investor-owned utilities in Kansas. Net metering applies to systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, methane, biomass or hydro resources, and to fuel cells using hydrogen produced by an eligible renewable technology, with a rated capacity of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less for residential customers, 200 kW or less for non-residential customers and 1.5 megawatts (MW) for Cloud County and Dodge City community colleges.
The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities provides incentives for commercial customers to install, or upgrade to, energy efficiency equipment in new and existing facilities.Rebates are available for electric and dual fuel heat pumps, electric resistance heating systems, electric water heaters. Rebates can also apply to all-electric apartment units. Rebate amounts are not currently listed on the program website. For more information on incentives and requirements, contact Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) provides financial incentives for commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of eligible facilities. Rebates are available for custom energy-saving measures in new or existing buildings. All custom rebates are individually determined and analyzed to ensure that they pass the Societal Benefit/Cost Test.
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] websites.''
In the aftermath of a May 2007 tornado that destroyed 95% of the city, the Greensburg City Council passed an ordinance requiring that all newly constructed or renovated municipally owned facilities larger than 4,000 square feet be designed to conform to the platinum rating of the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System. The ordinance further requires that such buildings be designed to achieve all ten points possible under EA Credit 1 "Optimize Energy Performance".
How did the Climate and Energy Project (CEP), a small environmental organization that has received Recovery Act funding, achieve $2.3 million in savings annually for Kansans? Learn more about the Take Charge Challenge, a 9-month competition in which residents across 16 communities competed against each other to save the most energy and money.