Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.

Transforming energy use in America's Heartland since 1984

Kansas City, MO   |  www.metroenergy.org

Mission

Metropolitan Energy Center's mission is to facilitate resource efficiencies that restore environmental health and encourage economic vitality in the Kansas City region. Through administration of grant funding, we provide education, suggest resource connections, and assist with deployment of technology and conservation strategies. Through community partnerships, we conduct outreach to educate the public, and we facilitate technology demonstrations. Performing our mission spreads knowledge and awareness about sustainable and regenerative possibilities. Our actions generate the collective political will that is needed to reverse human behavioral trends that contribute to climate change.

Ruling year info

1984

Principal Officer

Mrs. Kelly M Gilbert

Main address

300 E 39th Street

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

Show more contact info

Formerly known as

Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc.

EIN

43-1297891

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Metropolitan Energy Center aims to increase energy efficiency in the built and transportation environments, reduce greenhouse gases, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase local economic activity related to market transformation in these areas.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition and the newly formed Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition are coalitions of industry, commercial and government partners, supported by the framework of the US Department of Energy Clean Cities program. The program’s purpose is to increase local/regional adoption of clean transportation practices and clean-burning, domestically-produced vehicle fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Staff conducts numerous outreach activities, such as educational seminars, webinars and workshops, including technical trainings. In addition, we foster partnerships among fleets and fuel and vehicle vendors by directing technical resources, facilitating meetings with key stakeholders and administering project funds, when available.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Reduce energy use and related greenhouse gases in the built environment for small and medium commercial building managers.  Training, technical assistance, resource matchmaking, peer learning, information resources and tools.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

US DOE Clean Cities Coalition

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Occasionally, we have a major media pick-up of a story. In 2017, NPR's All Things Considered developed a story with our help around electric vehicles. We are still compiling 2018 data.

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tons of GHG emissions reduced due to reduced gasoline and diesel use by over 8 million gal. in each of the last 4 years. In 2015, the modeling calculator was altered to align with prevailing science.

Number of energy retrofits on area buildings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These retrofits were performed under the EnergyWorks KC program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is conscientious energy consumption. We plan to increase by 16% annually the regional use of clean alternative fuels in transportation and to reduce by 4% over 2 years the amount of energy used in KC metro's built environment. Both activities will result in substantial greenhouse gas reductions.

Metropolitan Energy Center improves energy efficiency in the built environment and encourages the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector. Through administration of grant funding, we provide education, resource matchmaking, and the deployment of technology and conservation strategies. Through community partnerships, we conduct outreach and technology demonstrations to target audiences and to the general public, raising the knowledge level on these topics. In doing so, we also increase the urgency and political will to act decisively to reverse trends contributing to climate change.

Metropolitan Energy Center has a long history of successful grant administration and collaboration with a variety of stakeholders from public and private sectors and across regional boundaries. In the past twenty years, through the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, MEC has worked with numerous public and private fleets on a variety of projects to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of our regional vehicle fleet. Since 2009, under Principal Investigator Kelly Gilbert's leadership, MEC has secured and successfully managed more than $40 million in federal and local funds for clean vehicle, fuel station, and advanced fuel projects in partnership with fleets across four states. These have included the deployment of hundreds of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, installation of dozens of alternative fuel and electric charging stations, and provision of Green Fleet management planning services designed to help organizations craft long-term policies and best practices for managing high performing vehicle fleets.


MEC is led by Executive Director Kelly Gilbert, who is also the KC Regional Clean Cities Coordinator. With years of successful federal funding management, MEC has the legal, contractual, financial, and administrative systems in place to facilitate work with multiple partners and project elements. Federal funding awards administered by MEC since 2009:
Safe Alternative Fuels Deployment in Mid-America (US DOE, $250,000); Mid-America Clean Highways DERA Program (US EPA, $749,935); Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels (US DOE, $815,000); Midwest Regional Alternative Fuels Project (US DOE, $14,999,995); Community Readiness for EV and EVSE in KS and MO/Electrify Heartland (US DOE, $441,000); EnergyWorks KC subrecipient (US DOE, $2,000,000); and KC Environmental Workforce Development Partnership (US EPA, $300,000).

In addition to these Federal awards, MEC has also administered outreach and training awards from several local and national sources to support workforce development, biofuels education, gaseous fuel technician training and other topics. Our seasoned programmatic staff, technical, and administrative capabilities, along with strong relationships with industries, fleets, technical contacts, and government will enable us to achieve successful outcomes through the administration of these transportation emission mitigation projects.

Kansas City is now home to one of the largest EVSE deployments in America. Announced in January 2015, Kansas City Power & Light's Clean Charge Network surpassed 1,000 EV charging stations in 2016. Although a few are located as far as 85 miles from Kansas City, the majority of Level 2 and DC fast charging stations are within the metropolitan area. The network is nearing completion, and the region has become the leading city in America for EV driver growth, with EV ownership numbers, charging sessions and electrical use for vehicle charging up more than 400%.

Low blends of ethanol are readily available throughout the Coalition service area, even some E15 sites. Ethanol as a fuel additive is much cleaner than other additives that help the fuel burn cleaner in the engine and heavily contributes to state economies in KS and MO. There are now 9 public CNG stations in Missouri and 12 in Kansas, which accommodate Class 8 freight fleets, AT&T service vehicles, traveling CNG traffic, and new development within private fleets. In 2016 alone, two new public stations opened in Kansas City, Missouri. Many of the existing stations now offer high pressure flow dispensers to accommodate Class 7 and 8 truck traffic. Compressed natural gas is increasingly being supplied from renewable sources, such as biogas and landfill gas, which simultaneously provides a financial opportunity from a waste product and also prevents the sources from emitting methane directly into the atmosphere. CNG burns cleaner than diesel engines, especially in low speed, heavy duty applications, such as neighborhood trash and recycling pickup.

In the two and a half years of its existence, the City Energy Project mobilized the major stakeholders involved with commercial buildings to focus on building efficiency, increased information and awareness of commercial building performance tools, promoted benchmarking as a primary strategy, and supported the development of effective energy efficiency policies and procedures in Kansas City, MO and the surrounding region. By 2030, the projected annual benefits of the policies and procedures thus established will be:
 3,276,133 MMBtu in site energy savings (5.3% citywide)
 7,167,836 MMBtu in source energy savings (5.4% citywide)
 597,230 tons of GHG emissions in CO2 equivalents (6.3% citywide)
 $55,314,872 in cost savings (5.0% citywide)

At the end of the initial grant period, Kansas City's Office of Environmental Quality invited Metropolitan Energy Center to continue the work of the City Energy Project through the creation of the Energy Solutions Hub, not only to support the City's existing efforts, but to expand efforts to improve the efficiency of commercial buildings metro-wide.

Our next focus areas include assisting states/fleets with VW's air emissions cheating settlement; operating current grants; and generating new partnerships and opportunities for the Energy Solutions Hub.

Financials

Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Anne Melia

Blackstone Environmental

Term: 2019 - 2018

Anne Melia

Blackstone Environmental

Gerald Schechter

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Luke Hagedorn

Polsinelli

Kevin Pinkowski

BHC Rhodes

Samuel Scupham

Black & Veatch

Daniel Williams

City of Kansas City, MO Fleet Division

Logan Heley

Harvesters

Richard Tree

Commissioning Agents

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No