KCP&L Energy Efficiency Docket: Changing Energy Efficiency in Kansas

Kansans have a great opportunity to improve energy efficiency in Kansas. Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is proposing new energy efficiency programs for residential customers. Before the programs can roll out, they need approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission.  This docket presents a great opportunity for YOU to impact the future of energy in Kansas.



In accordance with Kansas Energy Efficiency Investment Act (KEEIA) legislation, KCP&L filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to offer energy efficiency programs to customers in Kansas beginning in 2017.  In Missouri, KCP&L released an additional nine new residential and business energy-efficiency programs, which reward customers with rebates and other incentives to help them save on their energy bills.  If approved by the KCC, KCP&L will have energy-saving programs available for all of its customers. See KCP&L’s recent press release.

The KCC opened docket number 16-KCPE-446-TAR to address KCP&L’s request. The KCC granted the Climate + Energy Project (CEP) the right to intervene in the case. CEP will be participating fully in all technical conferences, providing expert written testimony and utilizing in person experts where appropriate.

Westar Energy is also intervening in this case, stating they are interested in "implementing additional energy efficiency programs in the future". So while your stakeholders may not be impacted directly by KCP&L, it's likely you have an interest in the precedent setting regulations under this docket. 


Energy Efficiency in Kansas

Utilities across the United States invested more than $7 billion in energy efficiency in 2014.  States are investing in efficiency investments through advancements in building energy codes, transportation planning, and leading by example in their own buildings. These investments in energy efficiency reap huge benefits, giving businesses, governments, and consumers more control over how and when they use energy. Efficiency saves money, drives investment across all sectors of the economy, creates jobs, and reduces the environmental impact of energy use.

In Kansas, utilities invested only .02% of utility revenues, around $900 thousand dollars in 2014. While the US median spending on energy efficiency is 1.09%.  Kansas consistently ranks in the bottom five on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Scorecard.  States who score well on the ACEEE scorecard generally have a lower average monthly residential bill.  For example, Massachusetts has held the top spot on ACEEE rankings for five years, achieving electricity savings of over 2.4% in 2014.  According to the US Energy Information Administration, the average monthly residential electric bill in Massachusetts was $106.94, compared to $112.95 in Kansas.   
For additional information download the overview here.

How Can You Support Kansas Energy Efficiency Investment Act (KEEIA)?

Many have asked how they can help support energy efficiency in Kansas and KCP&L's present filing. Below are different methods that can be used. Please reference Docket No. 16-KCPE-446-TAR and state in your comments that you want your comments included as part of the record. If you would like some guidance on what to share, please borrow any part of the key points and sample letter below that suit your interests.

  • The KCC is accepting public comments on this webpage; http://kcc.ks.gov/pi/complaint.cgi?dkt=16-KCPE-446-TAR
  • Email: public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov

  • Toll Free Helpline: (800) 662-0027

  • Phone: (785) 271-3140

  • Fax: (785) 271-3111

  • TDD Kansas Relay Center: (800) 766-3777

  • Mail: KCC - Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, 1500 SW Arrowhead Rd., Topeka, KS 66604-4027

  • CEP is also here to help with submission. To have comments submitted by CEP: complete this form (www.tinyurl.com/KCPLEE)



The commission hearing will took place on March 22nd, and they are accepting public comments until May 5, 2017. To have the greatest impact, submit comments by April 12th.


Please send a copy of your comments to Jamie at Jamie.CEP@gmail.com so that CEP can use your comments in the final briefing.

See below for a list of key points and a sample letter.

Key Points for Energy Efficiency Programs in Kansas

Select any and all that you want to include or work into your comments:

Kansas is behind most other states in making energy efficiency a priority. If the programs gain approval from the commission, Kansas can finally begin to take steps toward getting off the bottom of the ACEEE Scorecard. Follow this link to the ACEEE state policy scorecard map.

While some states have mandatory energy efficiency, for example; Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, where a percentage of utility investments must be made in energy efficiency programs, Kansas does not. What we do have is the Kansas Energy Efficiency Investment Act (KEEIA).

KEEIA allows the Kansas Corporation Commission to permit electric and natural gas public utilities to implement Commission-approved programs and cost recovery mechanisms to reduce the consumption of electricity or natural gas by retail customers.

Programs are accessible by all customers - both commercial and residential and all income levels.

Programs may become available to Westar customers if and when the KCP&L and Westar merger takes place.

Energy efficiency is the least expensive way we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, saving customers money on their energy bills.

Energy efficiency involves local skilled workers installing measures that are sourced globally and typically uses a higher proportion of local labor and generates more jobs per unit of energy delivered than fossil fuel-based electricity production, transmission, and distribution. (reference: report on benefits of energy efficiency)

Sample Support Letter

Copy and paste any of the verbiage here that suits your interests.

Comments should reference Docket No. 16-KCPE-446-TAR.

Dear Commissioners:

My name is ___________

I am writing to show my support for the energy efficiency programs being proposed by KCP&L, Docket No. 16-KCPE-446-TAR. Energy efficiency is one of the cleanest and least-expensive energy improvements available in America today and it’s accessible to everyone who uses energy. Improvements in energy efficiency not only reduce the demand for energy but also create jobs and save energy-users money.

Sample statements:

  • I am a homeowner who values support from public utilities to save on my electric bill through energy efficiency investments around my home. The proposed energy efficiency programs promote energy conservation and reduce customer’s cost.

  • I enjoy cost savings from the energy efficiency upgrades I made to my home. The proposed energy efficiency programs through the public utilities will make energy savings possible for a variety of people so they too can enjoy energy cost savings.

  • I am a member of a low-income family that functions on a limited budget. The home I live in is in need of energy efficiency upgrades but my budget does not allow for the upgrades. The proposed energy efficiency programs will make it possible for me to make the improvements and be able to save on my monthly bills.

  • I am a renter and am pleased to see the programs are accessible to me as well. The proposed energy efficiency programs promote energy conservation and reduces costs for tenants.

I urge the Kansas Corporation Commission to approve the proposed programs that will help put us on the right track to saving energy and costs, and allow our economy to benefit from the additional jobs that will be created as a part of this proposal.

Your constituents appreciate being included in the decision-making process!



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