Meet the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative Partners
About Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative
The purpose of Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative is to help residents, businesses and governments throughout Garfield County become more energy efficient and tap clean energy as a means to creating a stronger, more resilient economy. The Collaborative uses state legislation that allows governments to cooperate with one another to provide a service or function that is most efficiently provided on a regional basis rather than by single governments.
The formation of the Collaborative is one of the many results of a Department of Local Affairs grant originally awarded to a partnership of governments in Garfield County in 2008. The grant was overseen from 2009 through 2011 by the Garfield Clean Energy Advisory Board, which reported to the Garfield Board of County Commissioners.
In 2012, the member governments formed the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative. It is an independent local government authority that oversees programs and services that help residents, businesses, and local governments become more energy efficient and reduce energy costs. CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region, a nonprofit, delivers the services of Garfield Clean Energy under an annual contract.
Members of Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative are Parachute, Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Garfield County, Colorado Mountain College, and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. (The Garfield County Public Library District was a member from 2012 to 2015.)
The board consists of a representative appointed by each entity, along with an alternate. The Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative (GCEC) held its first official meeting Jan. 11, 2012. Meetings are held the second Friday of every month, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., alternating between Glenwood Springs and Rifle. Members of the public are welcome to attend; meeting agendas are posted at all town halls. Click here for board members, meeting schedules and agendas.
Results that count
To date, Garfield Clean Energy has helped 305 businesses, 443 households make energy upgrades that have saved more than $1 million to date. Garfield Clean Energy has also worked with member government partners to increase energy efficiency in buildings and facilities, install renewable energy systems and make use of alternative fuels in their fleets.
Since 2009, these projects have stimulated investments of $7.5 million in materials purchased from retailers and work by contractors - benefitting 227 businesses in the region. It’s a partnership effort that boosts the local economy, and the results help energy utilities reach their goals for demand-side conservation.
Garfield Clean Energy used some of its original DOLA grant funds to install 23 renewable energy systems on public buildings countywide, generating 365 kW of solar electric power. The organization continues to assist local governments, businesses and households in reaping the benefits of renewable energy, providing technical assistance that resulted in 1,055 kW of solar capacity added in 2015. A 2015 tally of government-owned solar energy systems in Garfield County shows a total of 4.6 mW of generating capacity, an amount equal to the average annual electrical use of 1,170 homes.
(Results updated Jan. 15, 2016)
Vision, Mission and Goals
Garfield Clean Energy Vision Statement (updated July 8, 2016)
Garfield Clean Energy will be a national leader in using energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuels to build a strong, resilient and diverse economy.
Garfield Clean Energy Mission Statement (updated July 8, 2016)
Garfield Clean Energy helps households, businesses and governments to find and implement energy conservation, efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuel solutions.
Garfield Clean Energy Goals
Goal No. 1: Increase per capita energy efficiency by 20% by 2020, over a baseline 2009, as a means to a stronger, more resilient and energy-secure economy.
Goal No. 2: Reduce petroleum consumption 25% by 2020, over a baseline 2009, as a means to a stronger, more resilient and energy-secure economy.
Goal No. 3: Obtain 35% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020 as a means to a stronger, more resilient and more energy-secure economy.
Goal No. 4: Identify and implement adequate and sustainable funding for Garfield Clean Energy by 2016 to achieve our mission. (Adopted in 2015 Strategic Plan.)
Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative Members:
Town of Carbondale
City of Glenwood Springs
Town of New Castle
Town of Silt
City of Rifle
Town of Parachute
Colorado Mountain College
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
The Garfield County Public Library District was a member from 2012 to 2015.