EPA honors Clean Energy Partnership

A collaborative effort between the city, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to conserve energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions was recognized in March with an award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Clean Energy Partnership won a 2016 Climate Leadership Award from the EPA in the Innovative Partnerships category. The award recognizes cutting-edge partnerships that aim to make a measurable difference in fighting climate change.

The Clean Energy Partnership emerged as the city negotiated new franchise agreements with both utilities in 2014. Xcel and CenterPoint agreed to work collaboratively with the city to achieve goals outlined in its Climate Action Plan, including a reduction in citywide greenhouse gas emissions of 15 percent by 2015, 30 percent by 2025 and 80 percent or more by 2050 from a baseline set in 2006.

Strategies for reaching those goals include getting 75 percent of residential properties to participate in energy-efficiency retrofit programs by 2025 and promoting renewable energy to both utilities’ customers. The city is also tracking and publicly reporting energy consumption by big commercial buildings, looking into the possibility of a large renewable energy project and has begun transitioning streetlights to more efficient LEDs.