Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell on Tuesday sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump that outlines the City’s leadership on energy efficiency innovation and a transition to a clean energy economy.
The City aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and to reduce community emissions 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030.
“It makes financial, social and environmental sense for us to increase our energy efficiency, diversify our energy portfolio for resilience, reduce waste, capitalize on valuable discarded resources for a circular economy and expand multi-modal transportation options for our workforce and community,” Troxell said in the letter. “Increased efficiency requires public-private investments that will require leveraging our role as a municipal utility and large consumer of energy. Cities can be the best practitioners of ‘leading by example’ and scaling up practical solutions.
“We are excited to work with your Administration and identify opportunities to advance our mutual interests to make America’s communities vibrant and globally competitive.”
The City has reduced emissions per capita 25 percent while experiencing 18 percent growth in population and 40 percent growth in GDP, Troxell said.
In the letter, he outlined some community successes:
The City's efficiency programs have saved the energy equivalent of almost 3,000 homes (26,000 megawatt-hours) generating in excess of $25 million in local economic benefits through reduced utility bills, direct rebates and leveraged investment;
Fort Collins businesses are saving more than $9.5 million annually from improved efficiencies;
In 2015, ClimateWise partners realized more than $1 million in annual cost savings by implementing cost-saving strategies to be more efficient and reduce operating costs;
Locally installed solar capacity increased by more than 500% from 2014 to 2015;
The community diverted about 60 percent of waste from the landfill while exploring ways to turn waste streams into profit streams; and
Transit ridership has doubled in less than 10 years (2016 will see more than 4 million trips for the first time ever) after significantly increasing investment in transit services, including Bus Rapid Transit and public-private partnerships to support system efficiency and maximize use of taxpayer dollars.
For more information about the City’s climate action goals and the implementation of those goals on the Road to 2020, go to www.fcgov.com/climateaction.