Renewable Energy

Roaring Fork Valley

This week we are raising awareness about energy efficiency programs in the Holy Cross Energy Co-op territory, proposing a possible significant change, and organizing support for improved programs.  Our members and supporters are writing to Holy Cross Energy asking them to consider a merger of sorts with Energy Smart Colorado (ESC) and Garfield Clean Energy (GCE).

Energy Efficiency Financing Screw-up a Result of Miscommunication

January was meeting month!  I kicked off the new year by meeting with Fort Collins Utility’s (FCU) efficiency manager John Phelan.  My impression leaving the meeting was that FCU is focused on new goals and philosophy.  That is important and needs to be done, but not at the expense of implementing “on the ground” projects that actually help people.  The On-Bill Financing program had a first year goal of 30 and achieved 6 (details on our “financing efficiency” page).  It is a recognized failure.  FCU knows why the program was a flop and what needs to be done to fix it but they don’t want to take the time to do it right.  That is not acceptable!