October 1, 2008

Change A Light, Change The World


Contact: Chad Bulman of MEEA, +1-312-587-8390, ext. 18, [email protected]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizations across Missouri are looking to the bright idea of energy-efficient lighting as a way to help residents keep their energy costs down. Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia Water & Light, Crawford Electric Cooperative, Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE), Independence Power & Light, KCP&L, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) are launching the 2008 Change A Light, Change The World campaign to help consumers save money and energy with ENERGY STAR(R) qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). It's a quick and easy solution to lowering utility bills in addition to saving energy and protecting the environment.

Since 2001, MEEA and its sponsors have sold more than 3.8 million CFLs, saving nearly 1.4 billion kWh of energy, and avoiding the release of 4.1 million tons of CO2 emissions into the environment. Change A Light, Change The World has attracted 12 sponsoring organizations and dozens of retail organizations throughout the Midwest to coordinate a public message and collaborate around this critical initiative.

From October 1 through December 31, Missouri's sponsoring organizations and MEEA are encouraging residents of Missouri to "Change the World" one light, one step at a time by replacing their home's most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. In the average home, the most frequently used fixtures are: kitchen ceiling dome light, living room table lamp, living room floor lamp, bathroom vanity light, and outdoor porch or post lamp. By making this change, a household can save at least $60 a year in energy costs in addition to protecting the environment.

The program is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national "ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World" campaign. MEEA and its sponsoring partners are helping Missouri residents make the simple switch to energy-efficient lighting by offering $2 instant rebates on ENERGY STAR qualified CFL purchases while supplies last. With the instant rebates, the CFLs will sell for as little as $0.99 at select retailer locations.

Not only do ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than typical incandescent light bulbs, but CFLs also offer superior performance by generating approximately 75 percent less heat than standard incandescent lighting, and lasting up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, making frequent changes of hard-to- reach light bulbs a thing of the past. You'll be surprised how bright and warm the light is and how little time you will spend replacing energy-efficient CFLs.

For more information about the "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign, call 888-476-9548 or visit http://www.mwalliance.org/ cal2008.

About Boone Electric Cooperative

Boone Electric Cooperative was founded in 1936 as Missouri's first electric cooperative. Based in Columbia, Boone Electric serves more than 28,000 members in Boone County and part of Audrain, Callaway, Howard, Monroe and Randolph counties. Find more information at http://www.booneelectric.coop.

About Columbia Water & Light

Columbia Water & Light was formed by voter approval in 1904. Since that time, the utility has been furnishing Columbia Missourians with low cost, reliable electricity and high quality water. Every customer is an owner of the utility and has a say in how the utility is operated. The utility has been offering a variety of conservation programs since 1979 and has been participating in MEEA's Change a Light, Change the World rebate program for three years.

About Crawford Electric Cooperative

Crawford Electric Cooperative is based in Bourbon, Missouri, and is a member of Touchstone Energy, a national alliance of locally owned, community-minded electric co-ops with high standards of service. Crawford Electric serves more than 18,000 meters along more than 3,200 miles of distribution lines in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Washington and Dent counties.

About Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE)

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE) is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electricity, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 215,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the Company provides fiber optic service.

About Independence Power & Light

Established in 1901, IPL is a non-profit, municipally owned electric utility serving the needs of more than 50,000 customers in Independence, Missouri. IPL maintains and operates 12 generating units, 15 major substations and more than 650 miles of power lines. For more information, visit http://www.independencemo.org/pl.

About KCP&L

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and Aquila, Inc. (doing business as KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company), two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the company is available on the Internet at http://www.kcpl.com.

About The Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources preserves, protects, restores and enhances Missouri's natural, cultural, and energy resources and works to inspire their enjoyment and responsible use for present and future generations. For more information, visit: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/changealight.htm.

About MEEA -- The Source for Energy Efficiency

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (http:// www.mwalliance.org) is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. MEEA fosters market penetration of existing energy-efficient technologies and promotes new technologies, processes and best practices. MEEA unites energy service companies, energy utilities, consultants, manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments and academic and research institutions around the common goal of advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Today, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program offers businesses and consumers energy efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. For more information, visit http:// www.energystar.gov.

SOURCE Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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