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Renewable Energy

In 2017, nearly 30 percent of City Utilities electricity came from renewable energy sources, with estimates that we will reach 45 percent in a few years. That means your home or business is being powered by renewable energy every day…and you don’t have to do a thing!

Green power, in its simple form, is defined as electricity that is generated by using renewable energy sources that have minimal impact upon the earth. Two of the more commonly known renewable energy sources are wind and solar. Their popularity is based on the fact that they are naturally produced, have low operational costs, and that they produce electricity without emissions.

CU is leading this charge in the state of Missouri, which is good for our community, our environment, and it keeps our power affordable.

Solar Energy

In 2014, City Utilities added solar energy to its portfolio of locally-generated electricity, with a 4.95 megawatt solar farm. Customers can voluntarily choose to participate in this solar program and elect to have some or all of their electricity needs be provided by the energy produced at the CU Solar Farm.

Net Metering

Net metering is a process in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.

Wind Energy

Since 2009, City Utilities has been purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from the Smoky Hills Wind Farm near Salina, Kansas.  In 2016, City Utilities began receiving 200 megawatts of purchased wind energy from a wind farm in northern Oklahoma.  

Landfill Energy

In 2006, City Utilities began to harness the power of methane gas produced by the City of Springfield’s landfill, converting it to electricity, which provides 3.2 megawatts of electricity to CU customers.