Regional Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (REECS)
Mid‐America Regional Council (MARC) has formed a partnership with a consortium of city and county governments, entitled the Regional Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (REECS) Initiative. Eleven area communities work together to seek energy sustainability in the Greater Kansas City region. The REECS communities include:
- Blue Springs, Mo
- Clay County, Mo..
- Independence, Mo.
- Jackson County, Mo.
- Johnson County, Kan.
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Lee’s Summit, Mo.
- Lenexa, Kan.
- Olathe, Kan.
- Shawnee, Kan.
- Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kan.
The REECS Consortium has produced the following reports:
- REECS Final Report
The purpose of this final report is to document the progress that has been made through the REECS project in the past three years. The categories listed in the report coincide with the eight strategies contained within the REECS Strategic Framework white paper that was published in spring 2010. You can also read the executive summary.
- Green Practices Within the Community
MARC researched and compiled information from each community to provide a snapshot of where the region currently stands in regard to energy conservation.
- Energy-Efficiency Rebate Guide
There are many energy-efficiency and conservation programs (EECPs) throughout the region in which homeowners may participate. This guide offers one single source for the many opportunities to save energy and money so that residents in the Greater Kansas City region can more easily adopt sustainable practices.
- Utility Energy-Efficiency Rebates and Programs in the Greater Kansas City Area
Similar to the Energy-Efficiency Rebate Guide, this report offers a single source for utility rebates and programs for residents living in the 10 REECS communities.
- Impact of International Energy Conservation Codes on Energy Consumption and Expenditures in the Greater Kansas City Area
MARC was able to estimate the potential cost and consumption savings resulting from the adoption of the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes in the REECS jurisdictions that provided data..
- Kansas City Region Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Nearly 100 participants from these communitites and other agencies participated in the Bright Futures workshop to discuss energy efficiency and conservation project priorities and potential implementation strategies. Their conversations produced this white paper. You can also read the executive summary.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has shared the following with our group:
Local Energy Code Action Kit
This kit provides municipalities and counties with information and resources to support the adoption of the model energy code — the 2009 IECC — and its enforcement. MDNR has also shared a document to explain the incremental cost estimates.
- 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes
Isaac Elnecave, senior policy manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, compared the newly updated 2012 codes to the 2009 and 2006 codes on Sept. 6, 2011.