Forum Three – Nov. 22, 2014

Renewable Energy Options and Energy Efficiency

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.

download snider presentation

download snider presentation

Presentations were made by Geoff Marke (Missouri Office of Public Counsel), Paul Snider (VP Policy & Government Affairs Brightergy) and Joe Spease (CEO WindSoHy). Jonathan Zerr moderated the forum.

download marke presentation

download marke presentation

The forum received extensive coverage in The Examiner.

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.