Trustees explore second year of energy efficiency work
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The town’s Board of Trustees will learn tonight how things went for the Carbondale Fall 2012 Efficiency Campaign, and work on a similar effort to increase energy efficiency in local buildings in 2013.
Working with three different organizations – Garfield Clean Energy (GCE), Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and the Community Office of Resource Efficiency (CORE) – the town embarked last fall on an $80,000 effort to offer incentives for energy-efficient upgrades to commercial and residential buildings.
The town’s contribution was to be used both for partial rebates to those whose properties were the subject of energy-efficiency upgrades, and for the administrative work undertaken by CLEER, CORE and GCE in managing the program.
According to a report compiled by the three groups, the program resulted in 44 completed projects, 32 involving residential buildings and 12 involving commercial structures.
The total amount invested in the projects, according to the summary report, was more than $201,000, which was partly offset by approximately $23,800 in rebates to the property owners, funded by the town government.
Rebates from other sources, such as utility companies, were “leveraged” by the town’s involvement in the program, according to the summary report.
The town’s project fund still has approximately $16,600 outstanding, held in a special account by CLEER, according to the report.
Also part of the fall 2012 energy efficiency program was a series of projects at the local schools. In part, these projects saved energy and money by managing the shut-down of Carbondale Middle School and Roaring Fork High School over the Thanksgiving break in 2012, according to the report.
The projects resulted in savings of 16 percent in energy expenditures at the middle school, and 10 percent at the high school, according to the report.
For 2013, the town has budgeted a total of $100,000 to be spent on energy-efficiency projects, and exactly how that money will be spent is on the agenda for a work session tonight at Town Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.
Other items on the agenda include discussion about the town’s historic preservation commission, and continued discussion about the town’s proposed adoption of portions of the International Green Commercial Building Code.
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