Independence ARRA Project News and Updates
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:
- Public Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Communities can use their public buildings as energy-saving examples by changing out light bulbs, installing solar panels, replacing older windows with newer, energy efficient windows and installing more efficient heating and cooling systems.
- Green Streets Program: Communities can use the funds to bring energy-efficient technology to Main Street, such as replacing old, inefficient street light systems or conducting energy audits of businesses.
- Special Community Initiatives Program: Communities can implement new, forward-thinking ideas that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to fund otherwise, such as generators at landfills that capture methane and process it into electricity that can be used by the city.
- Water and Wastewater Treatment Efficiency Program: Communities can replace aging, inefficient infrastructure projects with new technologies designed to use less energy.
Staff Contact: Robert Patten, (816) 325-7711, firstname.lastname@example.org