Congratulations to KCP&L on the recent unveiling of the new SmartGrid Innovation Park. Green Impact Zone Director Anita Maltbia joined U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Kansas City Councilmembers Cindy Circo, Melba Curls, Jim Glover and others for a ribbon cutting at 4724 Tracy on Friday, Oct. 12.

From left: Terry Bassham, president and CEO of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L; Anita Maltbia, director of the Green Impact Zone; Councilwoman Cindy Circo; Green Impact Zone resident Charmin Patton; Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II; Councilman Jim Glover; and Councilwoman Melba Curls.

KCP&L designed the SmartGrid Innovation Park as an educational experience for the whole family — a place where guests can explore and learn more about the SmartGrid and how it is transforming the community.

With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, KCP&L is investing more than $48 million in the SmartGrid Demonstration Project in and around the Green Impact Zone. The SmartGrid will provide some 14,000 KCP&L customers with new tools to manage their electricity use and costs, along with significant upgrades to the infrastructure that provides residents with reliable electric power.

The SmartGrid Innovation Park contains a walking path and sitting plaza that surround a large, sophisticated lithium ion battery and a solar panel array — both of which help the grid meet the energy needs of people who live and work within the SmartGrid Demonstration Area. It also houses an electric vehicle charging station and an information kiosk. The park is open seven days a week and admission is free.

To learn more about the SmartGrid Demonstration Project, visit See more photos from the unveiling on our Facebook page.