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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 9, 2014

City and KCP&L join Energy Department initiative to boost energy efficiency in marketplace

The City of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City Power & Light Company have joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Accelerators to promote energy efficiency in the marketplace.

The City and KCP&L, together with more than 30 cities and utilities, are participating in the two-year Energy Data Accelerator program, one of three DOE Accelerator initiatives. (The other two accelerator programs focus on performance contracting and industrial energy performance.)

“KCP&L will be helping us figure out how to aggregate data from whole buildings with multiple utility meters while maintaining privacy rights of individual customers,” said Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer. “This data will be used to decide which buildings are the best candidates for energy efficiency improvements.”

The City and KCP&L will study commercial office buildings with multiple tenants, possibly including multiple-family housing, such as apartments and condominiums.

The Better Buildings Accelerators is part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and encourages state and local governments and their utilities to cut energy waste by showcasing innovative strategies, collecting whole building energy data and supporting financing for energy retrofits and green construction.

For more information on the program, visit http://energy.gov/better-buildings.

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