Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.
31 W 31 St
Kansas City MO 64108-3317
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-7283
Mission Statement
Metropolitan Energy Center's mission is to create resource efficiency, environmental health, and economic vitality in the Kansas City region.
We believe conscientious energy consumption should be a key goal for all government, corporate and general public consumers. To achieve this goal we aim to increase energy efficiency in the built and transportation environments, reduce greenhouse gases, increase equitable access to clean and affordable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase local economic activity related to market transformation in these areas. Specifically, we plan to increase by 16% annually the regional use of clean alternative fuels in transportation and to reduce by 2% per year the amount of energy used in KC metro's built environment. Both activities will result in substantial greenhouse gas reductions.
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.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kelly Gilbert
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Melia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Blackstone Environmental
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc.
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can donate to Metropolitan Energy Center by simply mailing a check to: 31 W 31 St, Kansas City, MO 64108. Or by using our Donation link to make a one-time or monthly donation using your credit card or PayPal account. https://metroenergy.org/donate
 
We also love to receive contributions of time and expertise through our volunteer program. https://metroenergy.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Metropolitan Energy Center's mission is to create resource efficiency, environmental health, and economic vitality in the Kansas City region.
We believe conscientious energy consumption should be a key goal for all government, corporate and general public consumers. To achieve this goal we aim to increase energy efficiency in the built and transportation environments, reduce greenhouse gases, increase equitable access to clean and affordable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase local economic activity related to market transformation in these areas. Specifically, we plan to increase by 16% annually the regional use of clean alternative fuels in transportation and to reduce by 2% per year the amount of energy used in KC metro's built environment. Both activities will result in substantial greenhouse gas reductions.
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.
Background Statement

Since incorporation in 1983, MEC has developed enduring partnerships and programs with businesses, local governments, regional planning agencies and other nonprofits, including: 

  • Creating the Energy Solution Hub in 2018 to continue the work of the Kansas City Energy Project, convening energy efficiency resources across political and utility territory boundaries, so that the entire metro is served.
  • Joining the Climate and Energy Project's WEALTH program, which promotes healthy Water, Energy, Air quality, Land use, Transportation and Health across the state of Kansas.
  • Administering the Home Performance with Energy Star program from 2009 through 2015 in cooperation with KCPL, MGE and other regional utilities, administering incentive programs that provided home energy improvements to thousands of residents in the region.
  • Beginning in 2001, sponsoring the DOE/EPA Home Performance with Energy Star Program in western Missouri. This program expanded to statewide sponsorship in 2004 with assistance from the Missouri Division of Energy and program partners in St. Louis and Columbia.
  • Hosting the national Affordable Comfort Conference in 2003, the premier national conference for the home performance industry and, as a result of this event, creating the first voluntary utility efficiency consortium in the region – Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency.
  • Creating and supporting the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in 1998 and the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition in 2013 , leveraging federal and private funding into millions of dollars of local and regional investment in alternative fuels and infrastructure.
  • Providing comprehensive training programs in energy efficiency and environmental remediation to nearly 500 individuals looking for work or new careers and skills.
  • Serving as an information clearinghouse for contractors, homeowners, business owners and transportation specialists on energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.
Impact Statement
The Kansas City Energy Project directed commercial buildings stakeholders to energy efficiency, commercial building performance tools, benchmarking as a primary strategy, and supported development of energy efficiency policies and procedures in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City invited MEC to continue the work of the City Energy Project through the Energy Solutions Hub to support the City's efforts and to expand to commercial buildings metro-wide.
AFV Corridors: Assisted Missouri and Kansas with 2016 nominations under FAST Act, Section 1413. In 2017 and 2018 expanded corridor nominations through Kansas in partnership with other states. In Missouri MEC works with Ameren UE and KCP&L on charging stations for EVs on I-70. In KS MEC works with stakeholders to develop CNG on I-70. 
 
VW Settlement: Led education of stakeholders in MO and KS about the Volkswagen AG Clean Air Act settlement of violations due to emissions testing cheating. MO gets $41M and KS $15M to mitigate diesel emissions. Developed policy papers for each state with recommendations for use of funds. Held stakeholder meetings to hear transportation needs and preferred strategies.
 
Fleets for the Future: Regional and nationwide work with councils of government and Clean Cities coalitions to discount alternative fuel vehicles through aggregated purchasing. See fleetsforthefuture.org
 
Alternative Fuel Safety Training: With KU and MU fire schools, developed training so firefighters learn to plan for and respond to accidents with AFV. Debuted in Feb 2017 and available free to fire training directors nationally, and through an online course. Curriculum developed by KU's Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

Diesel Emission Reduction Program: Blue Springs School District, the City of Kansas City, MO and UPS have replaced diesel trucks and school buses with cleaner natural gas vehicles. Blue Springs reports that since the buses were replaced, their fuel cost is a fifth of their diesel buses, an 80% savings!

Needs Statement
Top Five Needs For 2020:
  1. Program funding and strategic partnerships for growing the Energy Solutions Hub, which is focused on increasing efficiency and lowering costs for commercial buildings in the KC metropolitan area. The program launched in April 2018. Our desire is to build it into a dynamic resource for commercial buildings in the metro area over the next 2-3 years.
  2. Program funding and strategic partnerships for continued expansion of clean fleets and alternative-fuel infrastructure.
  3. Program funding and strategic partnerships for continuing expansion of public education programs on public health related to energy efficiency and air quality.
  4. Engineering and technical support in the areas of building structural and mechanical systems, as well as alternative fuels and transportation planning.
  5. Assistance and support in upgrading MEC's web and social media presence as well as our communications systems.
Service Categories
Energy Resources Conservation & Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Platte County
KS - Leavenworth County
MO - Buchanan
MO - Liberty
KS
MO
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Metropolitan Energy Center’s work in the transportation sector is focused on energy independence: increasing the use of cleaner, American-made fuels in Missouri and Kansas. In transportation, our role continues to grow. Our unique focus on alternative fuels is steadily expanding our partnerships and deepening our impact. As a result of the new partnerships and strategies tested in 2016, we expect to develop private incentives and discount strategies, and will continue to work on the state level to build alternative fuel infrastructure along major highway corridors. We also plan to deepen our work with specific sectors, such as school buses, freight, and municipal work trucks. 

While Metropolitan Energy Center was known for many years for its work on energy efficiency in buildings, since the Home Performance with Energy Star program ended in December 2015, MEC is reshaping its role in Building Efficiency. As described elsewhere, we launched the Energy Solutions Hub in 2018 to focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Several related programs are in development.

Programs
Description
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.
Category Environment, General/Other Air Pollution Control
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
Short-term goals include:
  • 100 new dedicated alternative fuel vehicle purchases and/or conversions in service area.
  • Add 2 public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel stations, 2 private CNG stations, 1 public-access E85 station, 1 public-access biodiesel stations, and 10 public electric charging stations.
  • Increase gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) displacement by 16% year over year.
Long-Term Success
The long-term goals of the KC Regional and Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalitions are to work with our local marketplace and use local resources to support the following outcomes: 
  • Replace petroleum use with alternative and renewable fuels
  • Reduce petroleum consumption through technologies to improve transportation efficiency
  • Eliminate petroleum use through idle reduction and other fuel-saving technologies
Program Success Monitored By Annual activity is summarized in a report, which surveys stakeholder fleets and fuel providers for a direct numerical count of increases in alternative fuel stations and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). These counts are calculated to gasoline gallon equivalents to provide a stable measurement of petroleum reduction and greenhouse gas emissions avoided.
Examples of Program Success
Via grant funds and follow-on private investment:
  • 375 alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) added in region
  • 30+ alternative fuel and electric charging stations
  • 6+ CNG stations; outreach to increase usage
Success stories:
  • As a result of our work with a company specializing in rail yard shuttles, they piloted propane autogas in its Kansas City and Los Angeles fleets and since expanded to 3-4 more locations across the US. MEC provided advice and assisted in propane training for fleet mechanics. The company has replaced bi-fuel propane/gasoline with dedicated propane to save money.
  • MEC is working with the National Park Service to convert parks and historic places to alternative fuels and completing work with Nicodemus Historic Site in Kansas and launching work with Wilson's Creek in Missouri.
Description 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.
Program Budget $25,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Energy Resources
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success
The KC Area Transportation Authority has been working to reduce its energy consumption in its facility operations. In 2019, MEC helped KCATA realize more than $20,000 in rebates for energy efficiency retrofits. These retrofits will result in a substantial lifecycle ghg and kwh reduction.
Leveraging the Americorps VISTA program, MEC developed a program plan and relationships to launch a 2020 community outreach and financial literacy program related to renters and residents of multi-unit dwellings.
Finally, MEC recently released a policy whitepaper, reviewing energy efficiency - related municipal policies around the U.S. that can serve as models for metro municipalities.
Also in our first 12 months of operating, MEC developed long-term partnerships with City of Kansas City to help building managers in the city understand and leverage its Benchmarking Ordinance to reduce energy use; and to operate the Energy Solutions Hub as a metro-wide continuance of the City Energy Project.
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Kelly Gilbert
Term Start Sept 2017
Experience

Kelly‘s passion for the environment was cultivated early in life on her family’s farm in Kentucky. She’s found her life’s work in improving the health of our ecosystems, and fighting climate change in local communities across KS and MO.

Kelly has been with MEC for over 10 years. She was inducted into the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2017 and was named an Agent of Change for her leadership in transportation sustainability by the KC Clean Cities Advisory Board in 2010. She serves on the Metro KC Air Quality Forum, KC Metro Climate Action Coalition Steering Committee, and many other climate and energy policy groups across KS and MO.

In her free time, she enjoys supporting area farmers markets, barn dancing, and cheering for Sporting KC.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Peter DreyfusAug 1983 - Oct 1997
Mr. Robert HoushJan 1998 - Sept 2013
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 3
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 7
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Biodiesel Working Group
  • Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition
  • Electrify Heartland EV Coalition
  • Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition
  • Mid-America Clean Fleets
  • Midwest CNG Coalition
  • Mo-Kan Propane Autogas Task Force
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
US DOE Clean Cities Coalition0
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Community Service AwardMissouri Association for Community Action, Inc.2015
Outstanding Community PartnerUnited Services Community Action Agency2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The energy sector has evolved tremendously over the past thirty years and MEC's role continues to change with it.  Not only must we evolve our programming, but we must also evolve our funding base and our methods of operation to stay relevant.  As regards management, two constant themes in recent years have been: a) finding ways to cut overhead, allowing us to be nimble and respond to valuable program ideas with less administrative burden attached; and b) working more efficiently by adopting new technological solutions.  In the past years, we shrank our physical space from four to 1 building, increased our use of shared online workspace for joint projects, simplified our phone system, and moved to a cloud-based accounting system, with a payroll service, external accountant and internal manager communicating electronically, eliminating the many cases of paper accounting files that we have had to manage and retain in past years. MEC is much more efficient in time and resources and is producing a more accountable, higher quality result.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Melia
Company Affiliation Blackstone Environmental
Term Sept 2019 to
Email amelia@blackstone-env.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Luke HagedornPolsinelli
Mr. Logan HeleyHarvesters
Ms. Anne MeliaBlackstone Environmental
Mr. Kevin PinkowskiBHC Rhodes
Mr. Gerald SchechterCity of Kansas City, Missouri
Mr. Samuel K. ScuphamBlack & Veatch
Mr. Richard TreeCommissioning Agents
Mr. Daniel WilliamsCity of Kansas City, MO Fleet Division
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Executive
Finance
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bob BerkebileBNIM
CEO Comments
The Board of Directors for MEC has developed an excellent and effective cadre of leaders in the last couple of years. This year, they have taken responsibility for new member recruitment (new members to begin service Jan 2020). Further, they are
  • Drilling deeply into MEC finances and making tough decisions regarding direction and funding.
  • Providing wise counsel to the Executive Director on a wide variety of legal, programmatic and funding issues.
The Board members share a passion for MEC's mission and the growth in the Board's role is part of a broader revitalization occurring in the organization. 
 
In addition to the Metropolitan Energy Center Board of Directors, MEC provides staff support for Advisory Boards for the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition, and now the Energy Solutions Hub. These Advisory Boards have become central to the network of businesses and individuals that are concerned about alternative fuels and energy efficiency in our region. The members of those Advisory Boards have been added above under Constituent Board Members.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $622,027
Projected Expenses $618,083
Form 990s
2018 MEC 990
2017 Form 990
2016 MEC 990
2015 MEC 990
2014 MEC 990
2013 MEC 990
2012 MEC 990
2011 MEC 990
2010 MEC 990
2009 MEC 990
2008 MEC 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$47,338$60,322$42,518
Government Contributions$478,153$687,042$402,381
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$478,153$687,042$402,381
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$3,274$25,257$390,847
Investment Income, Net of Losses$618$1,353$3,290
Membership Dues$13,850$54,985$32,615
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$861$5,642$10,816
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$398,635$668,304$729,581
Administration Expense$159,984$242,134$303,303
Fundraising Expense$1,151$4,596$4,194
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.910.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%73%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$532,225$586,509$878,230
Current Assets$94,028$122,870$303,504
Long-Term Liabilities$42,785$63,681$47,696
Current Liabilities$173,123$206,144$433,417
Total Net Assets$316,317$316,684$397,117
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.540.600.70
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%11%5%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --MGE Programs $620,223
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --DOE National Energy Technologies Laboratory $301,957
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Kansas City Power & Light $190,467
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Administrative processes have been streamlined, excess facilities and equipment have been disposed of.  Current staff are very skilled and committed.  The Board Finance and Audit Committee has worked closely with staff to monitor ongoing revenue and expenses and to develop a 2019 Budget.  MEC continues to press forward on three longer term initiatives that will provide new revenue and contribute significantly toward mission.  We look forward to the coming year!
Other Documents
The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust: Recommendations for Missouri2016View
MEC 2015 Annual Report2015View
Organization Name Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.
Address 31 W 31 St
Kansas City, MO 641083317
Primary Phone (816) 531-7283
Contact Email office@metroenergy.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kelly Gilbert
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Melia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Blackstone Environmental
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc.