Aspen Colorado – Green Power Purchasing

Aspen – Green Power Purchasing

State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind, Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Renewables % or Amount: 100% by 2020 (goal)
Source: Primarily wind and hydroelectric
Web Site: http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Living-in-the-Valley/Green-Initiatives…
Summary:
In 2005, the City of Aspen set a goal to purchase 75% of the city government’s energy from renewable sources by 2010. As of December 2006, Aspen had accomplished its goal to provide 75% non-carbon electricity. The city has a new goal of purchasing 100% of the city’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Six local government jurisdictions in the Aspen area purchase wind power for their municipal facilities from Holy Cross Energy. The government entities of Carbondale, Snowmass Village, Pitkin County, Pitkin County Airport, Basalt and Eagle each purchase more than 10% of their electricity from wind facilities.

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Aspen’s local nonprofit energy office, has worked closely with the City of Aspen Municipal Utility and the Glenwood Springs Municipal Utility to purchase green power for their customers. Aspen’s Municipal Utility will be purchasing 5.75% of its energy requirements from a new wind farm in Nebraska by purchasing the output of a 1.2 MW wind turbine. Glenwood Springs Municipal Utility has agreed to purchase all the output from a 700 kW wind turbine owned by Public Service of Colorado (PSCo). The municipalities voted to absorb the wind power premium in the overall utility rate.

Contact:
Public Information
Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
P.O. Box 9707
215 N. Garmisch St.
Aspen, CO 81612
Phone: (970) 544-9808
Fax: (970) 963-5691
E-Mail: core@aspencore.org
Web Site: http://www.aspencore.org

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