Block Bidding

Reserve our largest financial incentives for your planned energy efficiency projects.

Two colleagues in hard hats examining a cliipboardBlock Bidding provides large commercial and industrial customers with the opportunity to lock in financial incentives ranging from $50,000 to $1 million for planned efficiency projects. Funds are reserved during online reverse auctions where bidders compete for incentives – measured on a $/kWh or $/kW basis.

KCP&L may hold auctions separately for customers and for Trade Allies, with auctions held for specific technologies and incentive amounts. The pre-qualified bidder(s) with the lowest bid prices will lock in incentives for the completion of energy efficiency projects occurring and completing in the following program year.

Block Bidding benefits

  • Receive incentives in excess of the $100,000 per customer custom project or $400,000 standard project annual incentive cap
  • Reserve funds in advance to overcome the internal hurdle rates and incorporate into the capital planning processes
  • Customer and Trade Allies are eligible to receive a $28/kW bonus for Block Bidding projects that are implemented by December 31, 2018

Winning auction bidders

A list of Trade Allies that participated and were awarded funding in the 2017 and 2018 auctions can be found here. Please contact one of these Trade Allies if you are a customer with a project that may exceed the $100,000 annual per customer custom project cap. Customers can also secure a "buy now" rate, but this will be lower than incentive rates available through winning Trade Allies. Please contact us at or (866) 979-4953 if you wish to secure a "buy now" rate. The current "buy now" rate is $0.065/kWh. 

How it works

The 2018 auctions have already completed.  If you are interested in being put on our mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming auction events, please contact us at or call (866) 979-4953.  The following is provided for reference only:

  • Respond to the Block Bidding Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
    Participants must respond to the program RFQ to be eligible to participate in the live auctions. The previous RFQ was due December 15, 2017.

  • Attend a pre-RFQ webinar
    Register for one of these training events. The previous events were held during November and December of 2017.

  • Receive notification of RFQ status
    If your RFQ is approved, you will be pre-qualified to participate in specified Block Bidding auctions and will receive instructions for your participation. 

  • Participate in online Block Bidding auctions
    During the live auction, pre-qualified bidders will be logged into an online platform and will actively submit bids to compete for the energy efficiency incentives. At the end of the auction, the bidder with the lowest price per kWh or kW is considered the winner of that auction and is then tasked with implementing project(s) that achieve energy savings. Customers who miss the live auctions will have the option to secure funding through a “buy now” incentive rate. The “buy now” incentive is set at a rate below the lowest secured winning auction rate. The previous auctions were held on January 17, 2018.

  • Implement energy efficiency projects
    Work with an authorized KCP&L Trade Ally to complete your large-scale energy saving projects. 

  • Get paid
    You will receive your incentives upon completion of your project and rebate paperwork. 

Customer eligibility

To be eligible for Block Bidding incentives, customers must:
  • Receive commercial electric service from KCP&L
  • Have a planned Custom energy efficiency project(s) expected to save in excess of 1 million kWh per year

Project eligibility

To be eligible for Block Bidding incentives, your project must:
  • Receive pre-approval prior to implementation
  • Meet all requirements outlined in the RFQ and Participant Guidelines
  • Be completed at locations within the state of Missouri that hold a KCP&L electric account
  • Have a minimum payback, based on first year electric cost savings, of at least two years