Garfield Clean Energy seeks volunteers for energy plan update; sessions start May 11 – Glenwood Springs Post Independent

by | May 2, 2022 | Energy

Volunteers are being sought to help with a collaborative effort to update Garfield County’s Energy Action Plan for the first time in five years.
The project is being spearheaded by Garfield Clean Energy (GCE), Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and Xcel Energy.
Written in 2017, the current plan updated and refined GCE’s goals for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy, and mapped out steps for meeting the goals.

GCE is an intergovernmental collaborative including Garfield County and its six municipalities, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), Colorado Mountain College and Holy Cross Energy.
“Energy is the lifeblood of our society, and we’re in the process of literally transforming our entire energy system,” Jason White, RFTA planner and GCE board chair, said in a news release announcing the plan update.

“Planning our energy future is as critical as planning, say, transportation or housing,” he said. “This collaborative, integrated approach to planning is key to maintaining a strong, resilient community.”
The 2017 plan estimated that Garfield County spends a collective $68 million annually on energy, excluding transportation, said Maisa Metcalf, director of programs and services at CLEER, the nonprofit that runs GCE’s programs.
The updated plan seeks to account for the changing landscape when it comes to energy, including commitments from electric utilities to achieve aggressive renewable energy goals, new legislative incentives and the increasing popularity …

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