This project will provide guidance to local government entities and their partners in the metropolitan Kansas City region to strengthen and leverage each community’s commitments to a sustainable energy future.
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Better Buildings program, EnergyWorks KC (EWKC) is an initiative consisting of several projects to reduce both energy use in buildings and the output of greenhouse gas emissions.
EWKC includes the following projects:
a. A “one-stop-shop," operated by the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), which will serve as a single point of contact for building owners to access EWKC and assist these building owners with obtaining all energy auditing, energy efficiency upgrades and financing services. In concert with local utilities, MEC will also provide energy counseling, monitoring and performance feedback to program participants.
b. Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) will assist in the marketing and outreach efforts for EWKC in the Green Impact Zone and other neighborhoods. MARC will lead the workforce redevelopment effort and will coordinate the Metropolitan Energy Retrofit Coalition and a region-wide public education campaign regarding energy efficiency.
c. Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) has partnered with KCP&L on the Home Performance with Energy Star program to provide rebates to homeowners to defray the costs of energy audits and implementation of identified energy efficiency improvements. MGE and KCP&L will also provide energy use data provide energy use feedback to building owners who participate in EnergyWorks KC.
d. A loan loss reserve fund to provide an incentive for private lending to owners of homes, businesses and institutions.
e. Free energy audit or rebates for low-income participants.
f. Neighborhood-specific measures, including potentially forgivable loans.
g. Water conservation grants for high efficiency showerheads, toilets, low-flow faucet aerators, rain barrels and downspout disconnections.
h. Assistance with costs for lead and asbestos abatement as necessary to support energy efficiency retrofit activities.
i. Deconstruction of buildings rather than demolition.
EWKC will start in seven neighborhood areas: Winnwood Sunnybrook, the Central Industrial District, Westside, Washington Wheatley, Eastwood Hills, Ruskin and the Green Impact Zone.