KC Star: Kansas City has what it takes to use energy wisely

Charging stationThe Kansas City Star reported that Mayor James has joined mayors across the nation to reclaim leadership on climate change.

“These type of efforts are already paying dividends. Kansas City is ranked No. 16 on the EPA’s list of top cities of Energy Star-certified buildings. Certified buildings have to outperform 75 percent of similar buildings in energy efficiency.

Kansas City businesses and residents are now able to make capital improvements that make their properties more energy-efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy program. The economic and environmental benefits created by the program can be achieved with no out-of-pocket costs to property owners.

The city has a great strategic partner in Kansas City Power & Light, which has long administered energy-efficiency programs that the city, businesses and residents have tapped into — including those that target low-income multi-family buildings.

In addition, KCP&L’s recent announcement that it plans to retire six coal generating units at three of its power plants will help all Kansas Citians reduce their carbon footprint by providing cleaner sources of electricity, with up to 20 percent of electricity now coming from wind power.

KCP&L is also a national leader in providing electric vehicle charging stations. As a result, the Kansas City area has seen a significant increase in electric vehicle purchases.

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