Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.
3810 Paseo Blvd
Kansas City MO 64109-2721
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-7283
Mission Statement
The mission of Metropolitan Energy Center is to transform energy use in America’s Heartland.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Warren Adams-Leavitt
Board Chair Mr. Luke Hagedorn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of Metropolitan Energy Center is to transform energy use in America’s Heartland.
Background Statement

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

  • 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
AFV Corridors: Assisted Missouri and Kansas with 2016 nominations under FAST Act, Section 1413. Developing 2017 priorities. In MO 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. Spurred larger conversation on air quality and the role of alternative fuels.
 
EV Group Buy: Partnered with Nissan North America and KCP&L to manage a “Group Buy” Program, marketing the all-electric Nissan LEAF in KC metro. NNA discounted the LEAF by $10,000. In its first 6 weeks, the number of LEAFs in the area were up 85% YOY for the period.
 
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 to teach firefighters how to plan for and respond to accidents with AFV. After development, testing and feedback from fire service advisors, 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 accelerated its CNG school bus program and reports that in the month since the buses were replaced, their fuel costs is a fifth of what it is for their diesel buses, an 80% savings!

Needs Statement
Top Five Pressing Needs For 2017:
  1. Program funding and strategic partnerships for growing the Clean Energy Resource Center, which is focused on increasing efficiency and lowering costs for commercial buildings in the KC metropolitan area. The program is scheduled to start in July 2017, 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 energy efficiency, air quality and public health.
  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 plan to launch the Clean Energy Resource Center in 2017 to focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Several related ideas are also 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.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Warren Adams-Leavitt
Term Start Nov 2013
Experience

Warren Adams-Leavitt has 30 years of experience in community organization and development in the Kansas City area. He holds an MPA from University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), has helped to launch three organizations and has organized and managed a wide variety of programs in response to community needs. Warren excels at program development, board development and fund development. He has written successful funding proposals to government, foundation and corporate funders and has administered grant programs funded by five different federal departments. Warren was hired by Metropolitan Energy Center in November 2011 as Director of Training Programs and became Executive Director of Metropolitan Energy Center in November 2013.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Peter Dreyfus Aug 1983 - Oct 1997
Mr. Robert Housh Jan 1998 - Sept 2013
Senior Staff
Title Transportation Programs Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 15
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
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 year, we shrunk our physical space from four to two buildings, increased our use of shared online workspace for joint projects, simplified our phone system, and as of this month, moved to a cloud-based accounting system, with a payroll service, external accountant and internal manager communicating electronically, eliminating the many filing 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 Mr. Luke Hagedorn
Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email lhagedorn@polsinelli.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Elizabeth Bejan ReVolve
Ms. Kimberly Bonhart United Parcel Service
Mr. Luke Hagedorn Polsinelli
Ms. Twana Hall-Scott Scott Hall & Associates
Mr. Steve Kidwell Eagle Materials, Inc.
Ms. Anne Melia Blackstone Environmental
Mr. Kevin Pinkowski BHC Rhodes
Mr. Gerald Schechter City of Kansas City, Missouri
Mr. Samuel K. Scupham Black & Veatch
Mr. Daniel Williams City of Kansas City, MO Fleet Division
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Membership
Finance
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bob Berkebile BNIM
Mr. Ashok Gupta NRDC
CEO Comments
The Board of Directors for MEC has developed an excellent and effective cadre of leaders in the last couple of years, that are:
  • Taking responsibility for new member recruitment.
  • 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 and the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition.  These Advisory Boards have become central to the network of businesses and individuals that are concerned about alternative fuels in our region.  The members of those Advisory Boards have been added above under Constituent Board Members.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $622,027
Projected Expenses $618,083
Form 990s
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 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$42,518$50,316$152,634
Government Contributions$402,381$1,232,829$1,892,825
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$402,381$1,232,829$1,892,825
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$390,847$393,940$302,543
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,290$35,661$490
Membership Dues$32,615$24,040$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$41,300$11,933
Other$10,816$103,193$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$729,581$1,591,686$1,969,071
Administration Expense$303,303$366,936$533,015
Fundraising Expense$4,194$639$5,621
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.850.960.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%81%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$878,230$1,180,498$1,056,368
Current Assets$303,504$571,986$437,465
Long-Term Liabilities$47,696$50,811$95,649
Current Liabilities$433,417$577,959$331,008
Total Net Assets$397,117$551,728$629,711
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.700.991.32
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%4%9%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMGE Programs $620,223Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project $918,910City of Kansas City, Missouri $849,526
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDOE National Energy Technologies Laboratory $301,957Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation $343,056Midwest Region Alternative Fuel Project $558,747
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas City Power & Light $190,467City of Kansas City, Missouri $73,495EPA KC Environmental Workforce Development $162,056
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments As 2017 begins, MEC is lean and focused.  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 2017 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!
Organization Name Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.
Address 3810 Paseo Blvd
Kansas City, MO 641092721
Primary Phone (816) 531-7283
Contact Email office@metroenergy.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Warren Adams-Leavitt
Board Chair Mr. Luke Hagedorn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Metropolitan Energy Information Center, Inc.