State and Local Policy Database

Wichita

City Scorecard Rank

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Wichita, KS

Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Wichita does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet procurement and composition

We could not find information on Wichita’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting 

We did not find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Wichita has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Wichita.

Inclusive procurement

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not verify if Wichita has adopted a climate, clean energy, or sustainability plan.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide energy reduction goal for the city.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide renewable energy goal for the city.

Energy Data Reporting

The city does not report community-wide energy data.

Last updated: March 2020

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether permanent city staff have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting outreach for multiple clean energy initiatives to marginalized groups compared with outreach to other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Accountability to Equity

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups. 

Last updated: March 2020

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a formal policy, rule, or agreement that supports the creation of clean distributed energy systems.

Last updated: March 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantitative urban heat island mitigation goal or whether the city has adopted policies or programs aimed at mitigating the urban heat island effect.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Wichita has not implemented an energy code. The city offers one incentive program to encourage energy efficiency investments. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

The State of Kansas is a home-ruled state, and there are no statewide building energy codes. No jurisdiction is required to adopt building codes, but they may adopt the applicable 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standards. To learn more about Kansas’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

The City of Wichita has adopted the 2018 Interntional Building Code with local amendments that elimate the energy code requirements. NBI was unable to calculate a zEPI score because they city does not enforce any energy code requirements. 

Residential

The City of Wichita has adopted the 2018 Interntional Building Code with local amendments that eliminate the energy code requirements. NBI was unable to calculate a zEPI score because they city does not enforce any energy code requirements. 

Solar- and EV-ready

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted solar- and/or EV-ready ordinances.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

The city has not adopted an energy code. 

Last updated: March 2020

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.

Single-family     

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family home.

Last updated: March 2020

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

The city offers one incentive program to encourage energy efficiency investments. The city's municipal utility offers the Water Conservation Rebate Program that provides rebates on water-saving appliances that are also energy efficient like high efficiency dishwashers and clothes washers. 

Last updated: March 2020

Required Energy ActionsList All

We could not find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy actions.

Last updated: March 2020

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Evergy, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Wichita. The primary natural gas supplier for Wichita is Kansas Gas Service, an IOU. The Kansas Corporation Commission encourages and collaborates with individual utilities on a case-by-case basis to provide customer programs. Most of the state’s utilities do offer some customer energy efficiency programs. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Kansas page of the State Database.

The City of Wichita Public Works and Utilities is the municipal utility that provides the City of Wichita with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Evergy reported 80,326 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.93% of retail sales. In 2018, Evergy spent $10,715,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 1.11% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Kansas Gas Service either did not spend or did not report spending or savings on natural gas efficiency programs. These savings and spending figures cover the entire service jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Wichita.

Evergy offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers.

At this time, the City of Wichita does not have a formal partnership with Evergy or Kansas Gas Service in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Westar Energy (Evergy) offers the Income Eligible Weatherization Program. Through this program eligible customers may receive free in-home upgrades, financial assistance for weatherization services, and staff support. Westar Energy’s savings, number of customers served, and spending value for its 2018 low-income programs were not available.

At this time, Kansas Gas Service does not offer any energy efficiency programs targets at low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

Westar Energy offers the Income Eligible Multi-Family (IEMF) to help customers replace aging, inefficiency equipment and systems with energy-efficiency technologies. The program provides a walk-through assessment by a program manager and offers a selection of energy-saving measures that may be installed by an energy efficiency professional in the property at the time of the visit. Westar Energy’s savings, number of customers served, and spending value for its 2018 multifamily programs were not available.

At this time, Kansas Gas Service does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily customers.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Evergy nor Kansas Gas Service provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Wichita does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, Evergy did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Wichita participates in activities or strategies to help spur or encourage more utility-scale or distributed renewable energy generation from its local electric utility, such as testifying in public utility commission proceedings related to renewable energy, creating a formal partnership with the electric utility on renewable generation, or participating in utility planning efforts to increase renewable generation.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. However, the water utility does offer rebates for water and energy efficient products. At this point, the City of Wichita has not established a water savings target or goal.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The water utility has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 3 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Wichita does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Wichita is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

The Community Unit Plan (“CUP”) Overlay District is intended to provide well planned and well organized Developments for residential Uses of varying densities and for office, commercial, industrial and/or mixed uses.

Residential Parking Requirements

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

No data or city is not pursuing 

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

Resolution No. 14-341

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

The city is serviced by Bikeshare ICT, a Zagster bikeshare program with 200 bikes located in downtown Wichita. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Wichita have received $16,799,147 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $26.05 per capita between 2014 and 2018 within the Authority's service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Wichita Transit Connectivity Index value is 2.8, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Neither the City of Wichita nor any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the lease or purchase of EVs at this time. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Neither the City of Colorado Springs or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre at this time. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 13 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 3.34 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Wichita or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre powered by renewables at this time. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Wichita does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place, nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Last Updated: March 2020

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

Wichita does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Wichita nor the transit authority that services the city's residents provide rebates or incentives that better connect low-income residents to efficient transportation options. 

Last Updated: March 2020