Kansas City Power and Light says it has tried to ease the sting of its request to Missouri regulators for suspension of some popular solar rebates. The stated utility plan would keep the bulk of Kansas City inside payment territory.
The request to the Missouri Public Service Commission earlier this month asked some suspension of solar paybacks take effect September 3.
There was a swift outcry over the payments mandated by law. The program grew out of a 2008 statewide referendum.
Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.
Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers. Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.
Some of the first aftermath data from two major and back-to-back winter snow storms is filtering out of Kansas City city hall. Adding two agencies to the Emergency Operations Center was counted as a positive to the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee of the Council.
Those private or quasi-private operations served public transit and distribution of electrical power.
The Ops nerve center stayed open 24 hours in the storm of February 21, another 30 hours during last week’s heavy, wet snow.
The recent run of severe weather has resulted in extensive power outages and downed power lines throughout Kansas City, Mo. Tens of thousands throughout the metro are without power.
Because of the higher temps this storm (~ 33 degrees), the snow is very moist and heavy, resulting in accumulation on trees and power lines. This accumulation is causing trees and power lines to sag and is a greater risk of downed power lines.
KCP&L has called in additional personnel and are progressing through restoration.
Kansas City, MO – City Manager Troy Schulte's comments to the Kansas City Star that the city will have to pay millions of dollars for up to ten years to subsidize Power and Light District TIFs prompted responses from several Kansas City council members Wednesday.