KCP&L reaches settlement on energy plan

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Power & Light plans to reinstate a program to help customers save energy after the plan stalled two years ago when the utility limited it to customers in western Missouri.

In 2012, KCP&L dropped a program that would have given customers rebates for more efficient air conditioners and provided programmable thermostats. The Kansas City Star reports a settlement Wednesday among the utility, environmental groups and state regulatory staff would allow the programs to start as early as July.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has to approve the settlement, which sets a goal of saving enough electricity through 2015 to power more than 5,000 homes.

KCP&L doesn’t offer energy efficiency programs in Kansas, but Kansas recently approved legislation that will make them possible in the future.

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