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Legislation #: 190233 Introduction Date: 4/4/2019
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JAMES, JR., TAYLOR AND SHIELDS
Title: Authorizing the City Manager to execute Renewables Direct Participation Agreements with KCP_L for the City’s KCP_L and GMO account areas for the purpose of purchasing electric energy from a renewable energy resource.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
3/25/2019 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/4/2019 Referred to Finance and Governance Committee
4/10/2019 Advance and Do Pass, Debate
4/11/2019 Passed

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190233.pdf Authenticated 86K Authenticated Ordinance
Renewables Direct Ord. Testimony.docx Other 14K Presentation
City of Kansas City MO_GMO.pdf Agreement 100K KCP&L Operations Agreement
City of Kansas City MO_MO.pdf Agreement 99K KCP&L agreement
fact sheet.xls Fact Sheet 104K fact sheet

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ORDINANCE NO. 190233

 

Authorizing the City Manager to execute Renewables Direct Participation Agreements with KCP&L for the City’s KCP&L and GMO account areas for the purpose of purchasing electric energy from a renewable energy resource.

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City has been a leader in acknowledging the effects of climate change on the City, region, State and Nation; and

 

WHEREAS, the City, in partnership with local energy providers, the business community and the general public, is making progress to ensure that buildings are more energy efficient, wind and solar are increasingly a greater part of the City’s electricity mix, and electric vehicles are being used in significantly greater numbers; and

 

WHEREAS, one hundred ninety-five (195) countries, including the United States, committed to address climate change by signing the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015; and

 

WHEREAS, each signatory country to the Paris Climate Agreement stated its intention to make certain contributions toward the overall goals of the Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, the United States stated its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below its 2005 levels by 2025; and 

 

WHEREAS, Mayor Sly James reaffirmed the City’s commitment to abide by the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement by joining other mayors from cities across the country in pledging to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement”; and

 

WHEREAS, Council, in Resolution No. 170484 adopted on July 20, 2017, asserted that the City “continues to support the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement” and the City “will continue to stand with cities and other public and private sector partners throughout the world to advance action in accordance with the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement”; and

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City was recognized as a national and international leader in sustainable urban development initiatives and has joined the UNESCO Creative City Network as a City of Music, seeking to demonstrate continued progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by engaging in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals; and

 

WHEREAS, Council, in Resolution No. 170586, adopted on August 17, 2017, directed the City Manager to study the feasibility of implementing certain measures necessary to make progress towards the targets of Paris Climate Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Manager’s office on March 29, 2018, reported that it was indeed feasible to enact the measures outlined in Resolution No. 170586; and

 

WHEREAS, Council in Resolution 181000, adopted on March 7, 2019, directed the City Manager to, among other things, enter into negotiations to obtain all its electricity used for municipal operations from carbon-free sources; and

 

WHEREAS, the City receives services from KCP&L in two separate account areas, known as the KCP&L account area and the Greater Missouri Operations (GMO) account area; and

 

WHEREAS, City staff have reviewed KCP&L’s Renewables Direct Participation Agreement for Missouri customers and identified the amount of generation capacity necessary to meet the City’s need for electricity to be used in municipal operations and recommend that the City move forward in signing two participation agreements (one for each of KCP&L and GMO account areas in which City operations are located) with terms of twenty years; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager is hereby authorized to execute Renewables Direct Participation Agreements with KCP&L for the City’s KCP&L account area and for the City’s GMO account area for the purpose of purchasing electric energy from a renewable energy resource. A copy of the agreement is on file in the City Manager’s Office.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Katherine Chandler

Assistant City Attorney