Ordinance requires large commercial and multi-family residential buildings to benchmark and report their energy and water usage
Kansas City, MO, June 4, 2015– The Energy Empowerment Ordinance was approved today by the Kansas City City Council in a 12-1 vote. The Ordinance requires large commercial and multi-family residential buildings to benchmark and report their energy and water usage. The Ordinance does not mandate any energy retrofits.
“Energy efficiency can reduce utility costs for everyday working families in Kansas City,” said Councilman Scott Taylor, co-sponsor of the ordinance and co-chair of the City Energy Project Advisory Committee. “By saving a working mom with two children or a senior on a fixed income $30 to $40 a month by reducing their utility costs, this ordinance will make a difference.”
The ordinance was sponsored by Councilman Taylor, Mayor Sly James and Councilwoman Cokethea Hill. All felt strongly such an ordinance was needed to keep Kansas City on the progressive edge of sustainable cities around the nation.
“I want Kansas City to be known as an energy efficient town,” said Mayor Sly James. “Energy efficiency not only saves money; it helps improve the air we breathe, making Kansas City a better place to live. Thanks to Councilmember Taylor, who has been a great champion of energy and other issues.”
Experts in the field of energy efficiency see the Energy Empowerment Ordinance as being the next logical step to help drive job creation in Kansas City.
“There are 40,000 clean energy jobs currently in Missouri,” said Ashok Gupta, Senior Energy Economist for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The Energy Empowerment Ordinance will create even more jobs here in Kansas City. It will put people to work like electricians, HVAC technicians, architects and engineers.”