Energy Smart Kansas
The creation of Energy Smart Kansas is a direct result of efforts driven by the Kansas Energy Office, funded by the Department of Energy, through the Kansas Corporation Commission to explore the conversation and promote awareness of energy efficiency with Kansans across the state.
In 2020, The KCC Energy Division and Utilities Division worked together with the Research Partnership at Wichita State University to survey Kansans on their knowledge of and attitudes towards energy efficiency.
A majority of research participants, across all groups, held favorable attitudes about energy efficiency and showed interest in potential rebate offerings on energy efficient appliances.
The KCC continues to explore the possibility of working with utilities to create energy efficiency programs across the state that will benefit Kansans.
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Kansas Corporation Commission
The KCC, one of the first state regulatory bodies in the nation, was established in 1883 to regulate railroad activity. The Commission’s responsibilities shifted in 1911 when the Kansas Legislature created a three member Public Utilities Commission. The KCC currently regulates electric, gas and water utilities with the exception of those owned by municipalities or cooperatives. Additionally, the Commission regulates some telephone services, pipeline safety, motor carriers, oil and natural gas production, and the supervision of plugging abandoned wells to protect fresh and usable water from pollution.
The mission of the Energy Office of the KCC is to promote energy conservation and efficiency in Kansas and to serve as a clearinghouse for information on alternative energy and other energy topics. In support of this mission, the Energy Office administers programs, promotes public education through outreach activities, coordinates government and private sector activities, and provides objective and up-to-date information on energy-related topics.