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 in 2017. 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 early 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.
Many have asked how they can help support energy efficiency in Kansas and KCP&L's present filing. It would be great if you send any comments you have directly to the Public Affairs office at the KCC. Please reference Docket No. 16-KCPE-446-TAR and state in your comments that you want your comments included as part of the record.
Here is the contact information:
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 here to help with submission! To have comments submitted by CEP: complete this form (www.tinyurl.com/KCPLEE)
The commission will accept public comments until the date of the hearing. Currently the hearing is postponed, watch for an update that will shared by CEP soon.
In order to have the greatest impact, we encourage the public to submit comments by November 1, 2016.
See below for a list of key points and a sample letter.
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.
Comments should reference Docket No. 16-KCPE-446-TAR.
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.
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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