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 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 few 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.
This is a tool used by City Council members and City of Aspen staff to gauge progress towards the City’s overall environmental goals. Learn more here.
Canary staff are actively involved with the Aspen School District. The City of Aspen partnered with the schools to create an incentive program for Elementary and Middle School kids to choose alternative transportation methods. Canary staff also serve the role of Sustainability Coordinator for the school district, helping to coordinate a variety of environmental programs in energy and waste reduction.
In September 2013, Aspen began an 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 temperature data being collected from the geothermal test well 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 government 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 2013, the City government reduced its internal emissions by 30.7%.
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Please email Canary@cityofaspen.com or call 970.429.1798 with any questions about the Canary Initiative or reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen.