GarCo to receive funds for its energy efficiency

Colorado, in partnership with Garfield, Denver and Boulder counties and Xcel Energy, has been awarded $25 million in federal Recovery Act funding to retrofit buildings to make them more energy-efficient, the state said Wednesday.

The allocation is part of a $452 million national retrofit initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy. The program will stimulate economic growth and investment in Colorado while helping save energy, Gov. Bill Ritter’s office said in a news release.

“Homes, commercial buildings and other structures consume significant amounts of energy,” Ritter said in the release. “One of the most effective ways to save energy is to retrofit existing buildings to make them more efficient.”

Representatives with the Governor’s Energy Office and the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative, a collaboration of nine local governments in Garfield County, didn’t know Wednesday how much money the county would be getting. But Todd Hartman, a spokesman for the energy office,  said the county had asked for $5 million, and Boulder and Denver counties each had sought $35 million.

He added, “GEO worked with Garfield on this grant because of the innovative approaches we’re seeing in Garfield County and the ahead-of-the-curve leadership on energy and deep understanding of the issues in Garfield and its communities.”


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