Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sweaty office workers curse KCP&L's energy-saving program

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge "Whaddya mean, people are turning the A/C down?"
  • "Whaddya mean, people are turning the A/C down?"

Kansas City Power & Light offers a program called MPower, which is meant to reduce energy usage during peak periods like today, when it's already hotter than two squirrels fucking in a wool sock. Customers who enroll in MPower may get a call from the utility, asking that they turn off lights, shut down elevators and turn down the air-conditioning. In return, KCP&L's website says, "Your company can earn a discount on summer energy bills of $10,000 or

more." That's great for them -- but what about you, the sweaty worker bee?



The workers at 1000 Walnut Street are dealing with this now. Chris Erdley of Tower Properties, which manages the building, confirms their enrollment in KCP&L's "curtailment program," as he calls it. Erdley works at 1000 Walnut as well and says the lights are dimmed and some elevators shut down, but wouldn't comment on the status of the A/C.


Clara Miller, a KCP&L media representative, wouldn't share the names of commercial customers who have opted into MPower. The program is "not meant to make people feel uncomfortable," Miller says. "We want customers to work with us, to help them conserve energy and still conduct business."


But if you're working for a company that is scrimping on the utility bills while you're trying to grind out TPS Reports, and you took the stairs to your darkened cubicle, only to find that the thermostat is set to "broil,"  we want to hear about it. Feel free to commiserate in the comments section, hotheads. 

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