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In May 2016, the City of Louisville signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy offering for two years. Through a facilitated engagement process in partnership with Xcel Energy, the City developed the Louisville Energy Action Plan, as well as the Louisville Energy Stars brand for programs that promote energy efficiency and support the City’s Sustainability Action Plan.  

View the Implementation report for 2017 Q2.

The City of Louisville's Energy Stars program developed in partnership with Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy encourages energy efficiency and renewable energy, leverages resources, and benefits the economic vitality, environmental health, and well-being of the community through the following strategies and projects in progress:

 

Large Business Outreach

  • Xcel Partners in Energy (the City of Louisville, EnergySmart, and PACE) are presenting resources to save energy and money to CTC Building Owners in December.
  • PACE is reaching out to Louisville business owners directly.
 

Grow the Green Business Program

  • Applications are open! Click here.
  • We’ve added a People’s Choice Award this year – don’t forget to nominate your favorite business! Send your nomination and a brief explanation of why you think your nominee should win here.
 

Increase Residential Participation in Priority Areas

  • Resources are posted online and in your September water bill.
  • Xcel Partners in Energy will be doing additional direct outreach for their customers.
  • Parents of Louisville 5th graders received a special energy savings school kit in September!
 

City Showcase - Integrate Energy Efficiency in City Facilities

  • The City has performed audits and is taking measures to increase energy efficiency. Find out what the City is up to here.
 

City Showcase - Share Information

  • Join us for the Sustainability Series Community sessions in the library, Sept-Dec. More here. (Topics: Energy & Money, a Solar Workshop, and more!)
  • The September Community Update was all about sustainability!

From August 2016 to January 2017, a planning team consisting of City, Boulder County, and local businesses and organizational members participated in several workshops to develop the contents of the City's Energy Action Plan alongside representatives from Xcel Energy. As an outcome of this plan, the City's goal is to reduce total energy use by 1% annually, which could result in reducing total energy use by 11% over the 2015 baseline by 2027.

The planning team identified three core areas (commercial/industrial, residential, and municipal) to focus on to help achieve the City's goal and identified several ongoing, immediate, and long-term actions to accomplish these strategies. The strategies are kicking off now with implementation teams composed of community members, businesses, and City employees with support by Xcel Energy to stay on track and achieve the overall energy reduction goal. 

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