Carbondale Energy Manager Josh Smith assured the town trustees on Nov. 26 that the town is on track to complete all its energy and climate protection goals for the year, and that he expects more success next year, despite the economy.
Smith, who is employed by the nonprofit Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, on behalf of the town, pointed to effective outreach efforts.
cited the success of CarbondaleEnergy.com
, a one-stop Web site for Carbondale energy information.
also described the frequent mention of COREâ€™s efforts in local news media, and the distribution of information at Carbondale events.
â€œOverall, thereâ€™s been a pretty good amount of contact throughout the year,â€ he
A great deal of progress has been made toward the drafting of the townâ€™s energy-efficient building code for residential construction, Smith
noted, though some work remains to be done.
would like to see a new set of regulations adopted for commercial construction as well.
Since January, Smith
said, CORE has given out $134,000 in rebates to residents who bought energy-efficient appliances or installed renewable energy improvements at their homes.
This money has leveraged more economic activity in the community.
Additional rebates have come from the electric utilities, Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy, though the total amount of those rebates is not known.
As a result of the CORE rebates, Smith
wrote in a memorandum to the trustees, the energy saved is equivalent to 354,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
During the year, so far, Carbondale residents have purchased $2.1 million worth of wind energy under Holy Cross
Energyâ€™s Wind Power Pioneer Program, Smith
told the council.
â€œWind is definitely something the community is interested in,â€ he
One item not achieved was a grant for engineering studies for a micro-hydroelectric generator to be powered by Carbondaleâ€™s Nettle Creek water line.
applied for the grant, but Coloradoâ€™s Department of Local Affairs
ran out of money set aside for such work.
said, Carbondale is ahead of most towns of its size.
â€œWe know the percentage of renewables in town is much higher than in other towns in the nation,â€ he
said in an interview. â€œIf you figure per capita kilowatt production [of renewable energy], we vastly outpace the rest of the nation.â€
said Carbondale has captured much of the low-hanging fruit in putting grant money to work for renewable energy installations on town buildings.
â€œSo I think what we need to focus on in the next couple years,â€ he
said, â€œis reducing the amount of energy consumed.â€
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