Columbia Aims to Reduce Carbon Footprint

1 year ago May 15, 2014 May 15, 2014 Thursday, May 15 2014 Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:07:28 PM CDT in News
By: Eduardo Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA-  A new report on climate change is cranking up the heat on local governments to address the issue. However, Columbia doesn't seem to be in the hot seat.

The Obama Administration could spark changes in many industries around the country; one of those industries is energy.

According to the report, energy is a popular industry in the Midwest, meaning the region is responsible for a greater sum of carbon emissions. The report states the carbon emissions coming from the region are 20 percent higher than the national average, but it also states it is possible for this to change.

One of the main culprits of the higher carbon emissions coming from the region is the weather. Hot summers and cold winters lead to people cranking up the heat or the air conditioning. The report states this demand could get even bigger with big shifts in weather patterns. Increasing efficiency seems to be a major item the administration's report wants to promote.

Columbia, however, seems to have a plan in place to do its part. The city made a commitment to reduce energy intensity 20 percent by 2020; as of May, Columbia sits less than halfway to achieving its goal, at 13 percent.

Connie Kacprowicz, a spokesperson for Water and Light, said this has been in the works as far back as the year 2000.

"We've seen a lot of different regulations being proposed over the years as far as reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, so we've been making plans for a long time as to how we can reduce that," Kacprowicz said. "Also, in Columbia, we have a renewable energy mandate and that means that we are required to have increasing amounts of renewable energy. So, increasing the renewable energy, as well as changing some things at the power plant."

The mandate was approved by Columbia residents during elections in 2004. Kacprowicz said that while Columbia is plowing ahead with "green" energy, not all forms of it are suited for the city.

"Columbia Water and Light last year had about 7 percent of our power produced through renewable energy resources. The biggest producer of that was wind energy," she said. "Wind energy makes a little more sense for us to do on the utility scale."

But, Kacprowicz said Columbia is not suited for all types of "green" energy.

"Here, in this part of Missouri, we don't really have super high wind speeds, so it's really not cost-effective to do a lot of utility-scale wind turbines or commercial wind turbines here," she said.

The main source of energy in Columbia is coal and has been for a while now.

Christian Johanningmeier, Power Production Superintendent, said the municipal power plant has been moving toward "greener" methods of production.

"We have been burning wood here since 2008 and currently makes up about 15 percent of our fuel mix," he said. Johanningmeier said this was due to the election results where Columbia residents approved the renewable energy ordinance. "One of the first things that the department did to comply with the new ordinance was to add biomass to the coal mix, here at the Municipal Power Plant."

He said they have been able to make the shift without having to make major changes to the power plant or have to bring in new equipment. Johanningmeier said this has been possible by maximizing the use of biomass.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court said a recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some... More >>
30 minutes ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 4:04:36 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Following the resignation of three UM Board of Curators since November, lawmakers at the state capital hope... More >>
1 hour ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:10:36 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Right to Life organization held its Pro-Life Action Day on the first floor rotunda of... More >>
1 hour ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:52:17 PM CST in Continuous News
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a police and court reform proposal... More >>
1 hour ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:35:25 PM CST in Continuous News
JEF FERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under... More >>
2 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:32:45 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A second MU official announced his resignation Tuesday. The Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs, Dr. Hal Williamson,... More >>
2 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:26:28 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department accused an MU Student Tuesday of first degree burglary and armed criminal action. ... More >>
2 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 1:59:04 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legislation requiring a private company to scrutinize Missouri's welfare rolls won initial approval in the House.... More >>
3 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:39:07 PM CST in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Kansas City man was charged in the 2012 slaying of a 60-year-old man... More >>
4 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:29:23 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Saline County sheriff forced to resign yesterday pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for stealing close... More >>
4 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:20:07 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said Tuesday a Jefferson City woman was found guilty of Driving... More >>
4 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 11:53:19 AM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of North America's biggest makers of aluminum foil is seeking bankruptcy protection, saying it plans... More >>
6 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 10:19:22 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In an opinion announced early Tuesday, the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled the city of Columbia's... More >>
6 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 9:46:02 AM CST in Continuous News
LIBERTY (AP) — William Jewell College in suburban Kansas City has picked a Nebraska educator as its newest president. ... More >>
8 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 8:01:43 AM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been charged with a December killing. The St. Louis... More >>
9 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 7:27:07 AM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis teenager has been charged with an attempted-robbery killing. The St. Louis... More >>
9 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 7:17:29 AM CST in Continuous News
KIRKWOOD (AP) — A Rock Hill police officer is recovering after being struck by a vehicle in Kirkwood that fled... More >>
10 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 6:32:59 AM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 35-year-old man accused of being involved in a 2014 home invasion that led to a... More >>
11 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 5:06:26 AM CST in Continuous News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
5pm 24°
6pm 23°
7pm 21°
8pm 20°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00 pm
Dr. Phil
5:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30 pm
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
4:00 pm
King of the Hill
4:30 pm
The Cleveland Show
5:00 pm
American Dad!

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Hollywood Game Night
8:00 pm
Chicago Med
9:00 pm
Chicago Fire
7:00 pm
The Flash
8:00 pm
iZombie
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld