In May 2016 the City of Louisville signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy offering. This 2-year offering is a unique opportunity to develop and implement an Energy Action Plan that encourages energy efficiency and renewable energy, leverages resources, and benefits the economic vitality, environmental health, and well-being of the community. 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.
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. The planning team identified three core areas (commercial/industrial, residential, and municipal) to focus on to help achieve the City's goal.
Strategies to reach the goals in this new Energy Stars program include:
- Large Business Outreach
- Grow the Green Business Program
- Increase Residential Participation in Priority Areas
- City Showcase - Integrate Energy Efficiency in City Facilities
- City Showcase - Share Information
The Energy Action Plan identifies 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.