The Canary Initiative works closely with Aspen Electric and Colorado Energy Smart to help people improve energy efficiency of their homes and businesses and take advantage of rebates and incentives. Learn more at the following links:
Aspen Electric Energy Efficiency
EnergySmart for Residents
EnergySmart for Businesses
The City of Aspen is partnering with the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) and Colorado Energy Smart to offer a simple way to make quick and simple energy-saving upgrades to affordable housing units in Aspen at the time of sale. Learn more here.
The City of Aspen municipal electric utility is on track to be carbon neutral by 2015. Currently, the utility produces 75% of its energy from renewable resources, harnessing power from wind (~32%), hydroelectric (~40%) and other non carbon (~3%) sources. Over the next five years, more renewable sources will be added to the fuel mix to realize the maximum possible amount of carbon free energy while still meeting baseload needs. By investing in projects that avoid and offset carbon emissions, Aspen Electric will effectively be responsible for zero carbon emissions by 2015. This “avoid, reduce, offset” approach to addressing carbon emissions makes smart economic and environmental sense.
In September 2013, Aspen will begin exploration of potential geothermal resources. Preliminary studies show the potential for using geothermal resources for clean, affordable heating energy is promising in Aspen. Based on a preliminary feasibility study, researchers believe sufficiently high temperatures exist for the City to utilize the geothermal energy for heating and cooling. The test well project will determine if these assumptions are correct. Find out more here.
In 2004, the City of Aspen calculated its baseline community-wide emissions inventory. Updates were completed using 2007 and 2011 data. Emissions inventories will be updated approximately every three years to inform the community on its progress in meeting 2020 emissions reduction goals and to inform future policies and programs to address carbon emissions.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reports
The City of Aspen tracks its internal emissions annually, including emissions related to electricity and natural gas use in City-occupied and/or -owned buildings and other facilities/operations (e.g. water pumps) as well as emissions related to ground transportation and air travel. The City as an entity is given a greenhouse gas emissions budget, which decreases by 2% per year. From 2004 to 2011, the City reduced its internal emissions by 33%.
As a member of the Aspen community, Canary attends events around town throughout the year asking people to participate in the Monthly Canary Challenge. Challenges focus on simple things that anyone can do to have a real impact on Aspen's greenhouse gas emissions. Follow Canary on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings.
Please email Canary@cityofaspen.com or call 970.429.1798 with any questions about the Canary Initiative or reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen.