Kansas City gets $24 million boost for model energy efficiency program

Kansas City will receive $24 million in stimulus funds to try to turn the urban core into a national model for electrical delivery and efficiency, city officials said Tuesday.

The federal stimulus money will be combined with $24 million in private investment from Kansas City Power & Light and its energy partners to create a “smart grid” demonstration project, which many see as the future of the electric industry. The five-year research project will explore how to upgrade the central city’s electrical system and to help residential and commercial customers save energy and money.

The funding was part of the Department of Energy’s award of $620 million in grants to 32 projects to help modernize and strengthen the nation’s electrical system. Kansas City’s grant was one of the largest for a city of its size.Read the full story at