Entries by KellyMEC

Lee’s Summit R-7 takes up Newton, CNG in school

Lee’s Summit R-7 takes up Newton, CNG in school By Jerry LaMartina Metropolitan Energy Center, freelance writer The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has been studying the properties and behavior of electricity and compressed natural gas – by fueling a growing number of its vehicles with these two energy sources. In December 2009, the district […]

Electric, CNG vehicles fuel Lawrence’s drive toward alt-fuels

Electric, CNG vehicles fuel Lawrence’s drive toward alt-fuels By Jerry LaMartina Metropolitan Energy Center, freelance writer The City of Lawrence, Kansas has taken actions for many years to protect the environment, including putting alternative-fuel vehicles into use. In October, the city put into service a refuse truck fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), with help […]

CNG blends right in with these Black Hills

CNG blends right in with these Black Hills By Jerry LaMartina Metropolitan Energy Center, free-lance writer Black Hills Energy (BHE) knows the value of both supplying natural gas to its customers and using it as an alternative fuel for vehicles: It’s clean, plentiful, domestic and less expensive than gasoline or diesel. Black Hills Corp., headquartered […]

Buildings, audits and success

With the Metropolitan Energy Center building program ending, we thought it would be a good time to look back at the success of Home Performance with Energy Star. Since 2014, the HPwES has had more than 396,000 kWh in energy reduction. Thousands of homes have been served by certified auditors and contractors. With the coming […]

MECs Annual Reception to be “jazzed” up this year

Metropolitan Energy Center is adding a more musical touch to its annual reception this year. They’ll be doing their celebration in The Blue Room. “I guess you can say we’ve jazzed it up,” said Warren Adams-Leavitt, the Energy Center’s Executive Director. Once a year MEC, the non-profit dedicated to educating the community about the positives […]

KCP&L to end HPwES in December

To all Energy Auditors, Contractors and interested parties: The current Midwest Home Performance with Energy Star rebate program jointly offered by KCP&L and MGE will end in December 2015. KCP&L is requiring that all jobs must be completed, tested out and submitted by December 18, 2015 in order to qualify for rebates. We believe it […]

Interested in workforce training programs?

Over the past few years, Metropolitan Energy Center has partnered with other institutions and companies — such as Kansas City Kansas Community College, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and OAI (Opportunity Advancement Innovation) — to aid the unemployed and under-employed to find a job and begin a career. MEC has offered free career […]

Kansas City Power & Light aids Project Living Proof with monetary gift

Local electric utility Kansas City Power & Light has plugged into Project Living Proof’s (PLP) crowdfunding campaign in a big way. The utility has agreed to donate $2,500 to help PLP reach its $10,000 goal. Since the early beginnings of the home, KCP&L has been an earnest partner with Metropolitan Energy Center. Whether it was […]

Check out these PLP testimonial videos

Take a look at a few people who have been inspired by Project Living Proof and what a tour of the building has meant in their lives. PLP-Rachel-Testimonial from hiram williams on Vimeo. PLP-Jim-Testimonial from hiram williams on Vimeo. Twana Hall-Scott testimonial: The power of leveraging PLP for real estate professionals Lisa Hummel explains how […]