Triple 2014 energy reduction levels by the end of 2017
Achieve a 15 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
Increase in renewable energy production
Decrease in vehicle miles traveled and fuel used
High Country Conservation Center partnered with Xcel Energy in 2014 to convene the Summit County energy action planning process. As the first Partners in Energy Community in Colorado, Summit County is leading the way to better leverage existing programs and resources both within the county and through Xcel Energy.
In 2011, Summit County outlined its purposes for creating its initial Energy Plan: “…to lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and conservation, and increase renewable energy production.” The anticipated effects from the 2011 plan included energy and monetary savings for residents and businesses, improved quality of life, reduced carbon footprint, investment in the local economy, a boost to building trades, less economic risk from a volatile energy market, and benefits to a snow-based economy (Summit Energy Plan updated September 11).
These purposes still resonate and early workshop feedback during the planning process for the Energy Action Plan confirmed a continued commitment to and priority around managing and influencing growth and infrastructure, addressing climate change, developing the local workforce, supporting renewables, and saving costs.
The Summit County Energy Plan will focus on these priority areas:
Residential Program Reinforcement
Ski Areas & Other Commercial Entities
Hotel & Lodging Sector
Questions? Contact Cody, or call us at (970) 668-5703.