On September 7, 2018, the City of Louisville and Xcel Energy entered into an Energy Future Collaboration. For Louisville and Xcel Energy, the MOU provides a strategy and framework for cooperation and achievement of a shared vision through broad collaboration, focusing on innovation, clean energy, economic development opportunities, customer choice programs and technology – known as the Energy Future Collaboration Partnership.
Unlike the previous Partners in Energy program, Energy Future prioritizes both renewable energy integration as well as energy efficiency and usage reduction and maintains the three core areas (commercial/industrial, residential and municipal) as focus. Louisville is the first Colorado municipality to graduate from the Partners in Energy program and transition into the Energy Future Collaboration.
The City and Xcel Energy developed the Energy Future Work Plan as a guiding document for action items and focuses on information sharing, alternative energy and carbon reduction goal setting, energy efficiency, transportation electrification and greening economic development.
Partners in Energy
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, which came to a close in September of 2018. Through a facilitated engagement process in partnership with Xcel Energy, the City developed the Louisville Energy Action Plan.
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.
At the beginning of implementation, Louisville’s energy goal was to reduce total energy use 1% annually over our 2015 baseline. In total over 2017, Louisville achieved a 3.2% decrease in electricity usage and a 1% decrease in natural gas usage, successfully shrinking our overall carbon footprint by 11% MTCO2 across the community! That decrease equates to CO2 savings of: 2,444,019 gallons of gasoline or 118 railcars’ worth of coal burned.