October 25 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm CDT

Thompson Barn

11184 Lackman Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66219 United States
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$25 Individual Ticket, No Charge for Elected Officials

The Our Energy Horizon Forum will include a robust dialogue about our rapidly changing energy economy from clean energy experts, policymakers, and industry leaders. How will Kansas navigate the implementation of renewable technology, specifically around utility-scale solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, and transmission? What are the economic benefits of these technologies for the region? What’s happening to enable greater adoption of electric vehicles across the state? All of this and more in a dynamic conversation that looks at what’s happening and how Kansas can capture the benefits of these opportunities and embrace a changing energy future.

Agenda

Discussion 1: Solar Technology & Battery Storage

  • Frank Jakob, Black & Veatch
  • Robert Wright, Burns & McDonnell

Discussion 2: Economic Benefits of Solar & Storage

  • Moderated by Jessica Lucas, Clean Energy Business Council
  • Mike Busch, Wichita State University (Property Value Impacts
  • Michelle Milburn, Stanion (Local Supply Chain Opportunities)

Discussion 3: Solar & Storage Implementation Considerations

  • Moderated by Josh Svaty, Kansas Power Alliance
  • Kim Austin, NextEra Energy Resources (Land Use, Environmental Impacts, Decommissioning)
  • Kansas Supply Chain opportunities (Speaker TBA)

Discussion 4: Transportation Electrification & Transmission

In 2020, three fleets deployed all-electric terminal trucks in the Kansas City and Chicago metropolitan areas under Metropolitan Energy Center’s (MEC) grant project, Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Unincentivized Markets. 

OTuesday, October 19 at 12pm CT, MEC will host a virtual roundtable with the project fleets as they share their real-world experiences with zero-emission freight handling. During an engaging Q&A session, they will discuss project costs, implementing the required charging infrastructure, training fleet personnel, and more. Orange EV, the electric truck manufacturer; EvergyKansas City’s electric utility; and our research partner from Penn State University will also join the panel to answer questions and share best practices to prepare for fleet electrification. 

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This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Award Number DE-EE0008887. 

Municipal fleet electrification. Is it possible today? What vehicles can I order as plug-ins? Are they reliable? What metro fleets are using electric cars and trucks already? How can I get help funding electric vehicles in our city or county?

Join City of Olathe and Kansas City Regional Clean Cities to find out the answers to these questions and tour the solar-powered electric charging stations at Indian Creek Library. Olathe has been upgrading their EV fleet and installing 4 off-grid solar EV chargers. Find out what else they’re doing to clean up their fleet.

Attendees will include members of the local chapter of American Public Works Association, with lots of opportunities to share information, lessons learned and best practices.

Stick around for additional lunch and learn regarding all-electric terminal tractors being used in metro yards, including at Johnson County’s wastewater treatment plant.

Attendance is limited. Register today to guarantee your seat and claim your complementary lunch.

Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

City of Olathe Fleet

Clean transportation planning, research, and deployments. Insight into the differences between EV and CNG refuse haulers.

Fleet Electrification Assistance and Funding Opportunities

Green Fleet analysis and support, funding opportunities, Kansas City Regional Clean Cities assistance portfolio

Lunch & Learn with Orange EV

 

On Display: Solar-powered charging station, Alt fuel refuse hauler

October is annually designated as National Energy Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) participates annually with the intent to draw attention to our nation’s electrical grid system and “to highlight the importance of energy to our national prosperity and security.” As the US DOE states, “Energy, our most critical infrastructure, is all but invisible to most, but our focus on continued innovation protects American lives today and ensures better lives tomorrow.”

This year, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) will use this truth to draw attention to energy efficiency and how it relates to our infrastructure, including our transportation systems and the built environment. There is indeed innovation happening on a national scale, and it’s occurring quickly. MEC is either hosting, co-hosting, or cross-promoting a number of in-person and virtual events this October to highlight all the ways our nation can modernize the way it uses energy to create a prosperous future for our youth and future generations. Click the links below to learn more about each event and how to participate (more links to come as the suite of events is finalized).

Whether an industry professional or policy maker or technician or a member of the general public, we have at least one event for you. Join us and our members, volunteers and friends during Energy Awareness Month. We’ll celebrate recent achievements and foster accelerated adoptions of energy conservation, renewables and cleaner fuels.

Energy Awareness 2021 Event List:

Native Plant Sale & Drive Electric Week Event at Project Living Proof with Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Sept. 25
National Drive Electric Week: South Park in Lawrence Sept 25
Lion Electric School Bus Ride and Drive: Lee’s Summit Schools Sept 28
National Drive Electric Week: Driving Electric: Black & Veatch EV Drivers Tell All (Virtual) Sept 29
National Drive Electric Week: Prairie Village Presbyterian Church Sept 29
National Drive Electric Week: Independence Chamber of Commerce    CANCELED Oct. 2
National Drive Electric Week: ICT (Wichita Towne East Square) Oct. 2
National Energy Efficiency Day (Ask Emily for a model Proclamation for your city, business or organization) Oct. 6
Marquee Event: Our Best Buildings Yet: A Forum on Energy Efficiency in the Kansas City Region and Beyond Oct. 7
Virtual Workshop on Diesel Emissions Reduction Funding Opportunities: Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Oct. 12-14
Webinar: EV Fleet Trends: Advice from the Experts (hosted by Louisiana Clean Fuels Coalition) Oct. 13
Marquee Event Day of EVs (In-Person): Exploring EVs in Municipal Fleets with City of Olathe, Indian Creek Library in Olathe, KS Oct. 19
Marquee Event Day of EVs (Virtual): Electrifying Terminal Trucks: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Deployments in the Kansas City Region and Beyond Oct. 19
Our Energy Horizon: A Solar, Storage, Electric Vehicle & Transmission Event, Thompson Barn in Lenexa, KS (hosted by Clean Energy Business Council) Oct. 25
Weatherization Day 2021 Oct. 30
Get practical advice on the steps you need to take in order to successfully add EVs to your fleet

Join our webinar featuring Mark Poll from Ford presenting on the release of the highly anticipated Ford F-150 Lightning and the Westport, CT Police Department sharing their experiences integrating 6 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles into their fleet, including a Tesla Model 3 patrol car. Scott Barrios of Entergy and Ann Vail of Louisiana Clean Fuels round out the panel to share expert advice on the steps that need to be taken in order to successfully add an EV to your fleet.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 5 and 7 and the Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative (MCDI) are excited to host this workshop on diesel emissions reduction topics. Grant administrators and local grantees will share insights about applying for and implementing grants that reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and inland ports. Join us in networking, discussion, and information sharing on local and national funding resources and strategies to reduce diesel emissions.

Session 1 (October 12, 12-2 pm CDT)
  • Air Quality and Health Effects of Diesel Emissions
  • Overview of EPA Diesel Related Programs
Session 2 (October 13, 12-2 pm CDT)
  • DERA National Grants
  • Region-Specific Diesel Emissions Reduction Funding Opportunities
Session 3 (October 14, 12-2 pm CDT)
  • Case Studies
  • DERA Program Priorities

For more information, please contact Greg Crable at crable.gregory@epa.gov

A printable flyer for this event is available here.

Energy Awareness Month is right around the corner, but why is it important?

As nationwide awareness grows over the connection between indoor air quality and extreme weather, the Kansas City region is feeling the heat due to its aging building stock. Luckilythere are code manuals to guide prudent action roadmaps for new construction and adapting existing buildings.

Join Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), KCMO Councilwoman Andrea Bough, The Builders’ Association, and a panel of buildings experts on Thursday, October 7 at 10:30 am CDT as we discuss best building practices, the International Energy Conservation Code, and what can be done to clean up the interior air of our buildings. The event will be relevant to codes departments, policymakers, builders, contractors, and anyone who is motivated to create a brighter, cleaner, & healthier future for all.
*Visit the Speakers & Panelists page to learn more about our experts!

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National Drive Electric Week ICT is in person this year! Join us at Towne East Square on Saturday, October 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and see us on Rock Road just north of Kellogg/US 54.

Bring your EV and meet other owners. Share your experience. Talk to owners to see why they love their vehicles.  Ask them questions about performance or comfort or anything you’d like to know.

Wichita Transit Director Michael Tann has confirmed his attendance and he will bring one of the city’s Electric Buses! Pedego Wichita is bringing e-bikes to test! Other e-bike owners will also attend!! Ride over on yours to show it off! We are also expecting a 2021 First Edition Mustang Mach-E to come!

We are sure you already know but there are no 2022 EVs in Wichita due to that ongoing chip shortage but we will have plenty of current EVs and their owners you can meet and talk with and see what their cars look like inside plus ask them questions!

Before sitting in anyone’s car, we require all those who get inside to wear a mask. If you don’t feel you can do that, please do not sit inside any vehicles.

Thank you to Sara Schmidtke of Simon Properties for allowing us to use their space!

Hosted by Society of Alternative Resources

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. Please see our events page to find other Drive Electric events in the area or visit the national page to find other events near you.

Come see a variety of electric vehicles, and talk to owners who have been driving electric since 2006.  Get behind the wheel or in the back seat, and check out the great tech.

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2021 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see our in-person event safety requirements.