Organized in 2002, Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) is a vehicle for participating electric and gas utilities to advance a mission for the public good: “Promote energy efficiency in the Greater Kansas City marketplace through energy education, resources and actions to help assure a secure energy future for area residents.” As such, it is one of the only dues-paying local utility collaboratives in the nation working together on residential energy efficiency issues. In furtherance of this mission, member utilities contribute staff time to HUEE and charitable dollars to the “Energy Efficiency Education Fund” established at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
HUEE currently works within the Mid-America Regional Council’s “Tier One Region” which includes eight counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte in Kansas.
The organization devotes its efforts to activities that promote and support the overall goal of improved energy efficiency without endorsing particular products, equipment, or fuel. On an annual basis, HUEE makes grants to nonprofit organizations to implement specific education projects and seeks other community opportunities for achieving its vision of “a community that continuously strives for the intelligent use and management of its energy resources within the marketplace. A Board of Directors, whose members are drawn from the participating utilities, makes funding decisions and provides overall governance.”