The City received a $1,000,000 to replace and install new energy-efficient equipment at the Rock Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, replacing an older mechanical process to aerate the water. The project will allow the city to better control the aeration basins in the plant and optimize the systems, which will reduce energy consumption. It is estimated that the project will result in annual energy cost savings of $147,647. “Saving taxpayer dollars by powering public facilities more efficiently benefits our communities and our citizens,” Gov. Nixon said at his visit in Independence on March 22nd, 2010. “Through grants like this one, Missouri communities are able to address infrastructure needs and help their local economies, all at the same time. By undertaking projects that reduce costs and waste, these cities and counties are leading the way to a more sustainable future.”
A total of $11.3 million is being distributed to 58 Missouri communities through the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant program. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, these funds have been directed to communities which developed plans for energy efficiency upgrades and submitted applications detailing those plans.
Completion of the funded projects across the state will save Missouri communities and counties more than 47.7 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 11,657 tons, the equivalent of removing 2,022 cars from the roads.
The Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant Program contains has four different programs through which for communities can undertake energy efficiency projects:
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