Library Hosts Independence Energy Talk

Independence, MO -- Energy options for the City of Independence will be discussed at a community information meeting held by Indy Energy on Saturday, January 11 at 10 a.m. at the North Independence Branch [314 W. 24 Hwy., Independence, MO].

A recent national study listed the city-owned Missouri City and Blue Valley coal-fired power plants as “ripe for replacement” because they are old, inefficient, dirty, and no longer economically competitive. Missouri City and Blue Valley are two of the oldest coal-fired plants in Missouri. Utility companies–investor-owned, co-operatives, and municipal-owned–have increasingly closed coal plants across the nation. Over 150 coal-fired plants have been retired in recent years.

The public is invited to attend and discuss energy issues facing the Independence community. The meeting will include a general presentation, panel discussion, and a question and answer period.

“Our community needs to talk about these issues because we own two older coal-fired plants, face choices about how to meet our near-term and future energy needs, and currently have higher utility rates than our neighbors,” said Jason White, one of the meeting organizers.

Mid-Continent Public Library is honored to host this event and encourage involvement in community issues. “This is a great opportunity for the Library to execute our new goal around civic engagement,” said Director and CEO Steven Potter. “We look forward to hosting many more community conversations in the future.”

Indy Energy is a citizen effort to promote a broader understanding and discussion of energy issues facing the community including utility rates, the environment, and economic development.

To promote broader understanding of the issues, Indy Energy has created a website (www.indyenergy.org) that includes information about IP&L energy options, background information and data showing utility rate comparisons. One of the key documents is a 2011 IP&L master plan outlining key energy options for the community.

To register for the event, visit mymcpl.org.

Access Your World Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, operating 35 libraries and serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

For Location and For Indy Energy or Library Questions Meeting Information Contact:Contact:

Jim Staley Jason White Marketing Director Indy Energy Mid-Continent Public Library 816.215.7524 816.521.4177 jason.white3254@gmail.com jstaley@mymcpl.org

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