Indy Energy holds successful Energy Forum
Over 70 people attended a two-hour Indy Energy community forum on energy issues Nov. 22nd at the North Independence public library.
The focus of the forum - the third one organized by IndyEnergy - was the Independence City Council's July 2014 resolution dealing with renewable energy and utility rates.
The forum received extensive coverage in The Examiner.
Copies of the Marke's and Snider's presentations are below and be downloaded.
Spease used a well-regarded study by Lazard on "levelized cost of energy" that showed renewables, particularly wind, are becoming competitive alternatives to fossil fuel generated power.
A 16-page booklet showing potential energy efficiencies and renewable options for Independence Power & Light was also distributed.
The general survey look at practices by over a dozen Midwestern municipal electrical utilities including six in Missouri. The booklet was developed by the Beyond Coal campaign.
Indy Energy is planning additional the community forums in 2015.
Citizens discuss renewable energy options with City Council
Three citizens encouraged the City Council to consider renewable energy options during its Oct. 20th meeting.
Addressing the City Council were Winston Apple, David Fyre and Peggy Young.
Also approved was a resolution to post the meeting agendas and minutes for several city appointed bodies including the Public Utilities Advisory Board.
City Council considers options for closing Missouri City power plant and IPL fund balances
The Independence City Council held an extended study session to learn about options for closing the city-owned Missouri City power plant and fund balances for the Independence Power & Light.
This was an extensive discussion involving presentations by IPL director Leon Daggett. Read The Examiner story.
City council supports renewable energy goals
The Independence City Council unanimously supported a resolution that contain an aggressive renewable energy agenda, calls for a rate study and curtail ceasing burning coal at the city-owned Missouri City and Blue Valley power plants in 2016.
The Missouri City plant would stop production; Blue Valley would be converted over to natural gas. Both plants are among the oldest in the region and mostly used on a seasonal basis to meet peak demand during the summer.
The resolution, sponsored by City Councilmember Scott Roberson, follows extensive discussion on energy issues in the community and is largely consistent with a 2011 master plan for Independence Power & Light.
The resolution received editorial support from the Kansas City Star op-ed writer Yael Abouhalkah, who wrote:
"The Independence City Council today (July 21) should move full speed ahead to promote the use of renewable energy in the city and reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants to produce electricity for its residents.
Elected officials have a welcome opportunity to show leadership on these issues because the city owns and operates Independence Power & Light.
Contrary to popular rumors, electricity rates will not soar if the city chooses this path. And eventually ending coal-fired production at old plants will reduce pollution in this region, a benefit for many."
The resolution and its adoption represents a significant policy direction for IP&L which is one of the largest municipal power operations in the U.S.
The Missouri Beyond Coal Campaign issued this media release following passage of the city council resolution.
Independence Power & Light has among the oldest generating plants in the state of Missouri.
The Missouri City plant is the oldest plant in the state and the Little Blue Valley is the fourth oldest, based on research.
While these two plants are used to meet summer peaking demands, each faces significant investment in the near future if there are to supply energy
Traditional reliance on coal to generate national utility needs is quickly shifting.
The reasons are the plants are inefficient, dirty and no longer economically competitive.
Independence utility rates historically have been competitive if not lower than those of other regional utility companies - investor-owed Kansas City Power & Light or the municipal owned Board of Public Utilities (Kansas City, KS).
In recent years, Independence utility rates have become the highest in the region.
Community discusses energy options
Indy Energy helped organize a community information session about energy options for the city of Independence at a Jan. 11, 2014 event hosted at the Mid-Continent Public Library.
The event received extensive coverage in the Examiner including the perspectives of the various panelists listed below.
These are the two presentations from that event which also included a panel discussion and a question and answer session.
The panelists included:
Karl Zobrist, energy attorney and former chair of the Missouri Public Service Commission
Leon Daggett, director of the Independence Power & Light
Roger Hershey, Indy Energy representative
Bruce VanCompernolle, Business Representative, IBEW Local 53
Andy Knott, Campaign Representative, Beyond Coal Missouri
The meeting received editorial coverage with a news story in The Examiner and an op-ed piece by Lynn Youngblood.
Her piece concludes: "This quandary is really two-fold – production and consumption. The conversation has surrounded production. It needs to include consumption and the need to educate people that an increase in electric power production decreases natural resources. The only way to reduce the need for increased production, no matter the source, is to slow consumption."
A new 16-page booklet shares ideas from other Midwest communities on ways to provide clean, renewable energy options, and opportunities to lower consumer energy consumption through efficiency programs.
Indy Energy will hold a community forum on energy issues Sat, Nov. 22nd at 10 am at the North Independence public library.
The topic will be the Independence City Council's recently adopted resolution dealing with renewable energy and utility rates.
A new interactive online tool is now available to help the Kansas City region explore potential opportunities for solar.
The new Metro KC Solar Map allows users to look up any address in eight counties in the Kansas City region and view its solar energy potential and provides consumers a starting point in researching potential solar uses homes or businesses.