Mission and History

Through a partnership with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) and primarily funded through a Department of Energy grant, the Kansas Energy Program provides energy education and assistance to small businesses, K-12 educators, and Kansas organizations and residents. The Kansas Energy program (KEP) has three focal areas:

  • Small business energy program
  • K-12 energy education
  • Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP) technical review

The small business energy program offers energy audits to small Kansas businesses. Kansas Energy Program staff also assist businesses in identifying funding opportunities to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, through grants from federal or private sources. For more information, visit our Small Businesses webpage.

Recognizing that today’s children are future leaders and innovators in the field of energy, the Kansas Energy Program and its partners support K-12 educators by providing resources, such as presentations, curricula, and equipment. Educators can contact us to request on-site energy education training and demonstrations for both students and teachers. We also maintain an Energy Library, through which educators can request the use of publications and energy-related tools. We also administer the Wind Application Center through the Wind for Schools Program. For more information, visit our Teachers webpage.

The Kansas Energy Program assists with technical review on the Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP), administered through the KCC. All Kansas government entities – hospitals; schools; universities; and state, county, and municipal governments – can implement energy efficiency projects with no upfront capital costs through the FCIP process. These projects do not require capital upfront costs, because they are paid for through guaranteed energy savings throughout the project’s performance period. For more information, visit our Teachers webpage. 

Despite being relatively new, the Kansas Energy Program actually has a long history within K-State Engineering Extension. Engineering Extension began in 1980 and has offered energy-related services since its inception. The program has enjoyed a partnership with KCC throughout this period, but has recently renewed its relationship with a formal contract in January 2016 to provide the services described above.