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City of Fort Collins and Partners Receive New Energy Communities Grant

Opening a new chapter in Colorado's New Energy Economy, the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) recently launched a $10-million New Energy Communities initiative.

The City of Fort Collins, with partners Larimer County, Fort Collins Housing Authority and Fort Collins Regional Library District, were some of the first recipients awarded significant grants through the State's new initiative. The grants will support an ambitious $3-million local effort to develop efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Fort Collins and the County.

GEO and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) awarded the partners a $778,000 grant, and the Bohemian Foundation provided $430,000 toward the local effort. The energy projects also will leverage more than $70,000 in energy-efficiency incentives from Fort Collins Utilities and Platte River Power Authority.

"The New Energy Communities Initiative rewards local governments working collaboratively to position their communities at the forefront of the State's New Energy Economy," Gov. Ritter said.

The partnership's 22 projects are estimated to save more than 2.8 million kilowatt-hours per year in electric energy use and 90,000 therms per year in natural gas heating.

In addition, they will displace nearly 878 kilowatts (kW) of electric power with demand savings or generation from clean renewable energy. These, in turn, translate to carbon dioxide emissions reductions of approximately 2,500 tons per year.