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County to host ‘Energy Smart’ program meeting Feb. 4

Daily staff report
Vail, CO, Colorado

Eagle County staff members will present a draft plan for the rollout of the new “Energy Smart” loan program during a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway in Eagle.

Staff members are asking for feedback on the program, including eligible improvements, financing options and administration of the program.

Voters last fall approved Referendum 1A, which allows Eagle County to use its debt authority to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements in the county without increasing taxes for anyone but participants. Any property owner participating in the program will be responsible for repaying the loan via a special property tax assessment. The program is voluntary and would only affect those choosing to participate.

Eagle County staff members have been working with representatives from the Governor’s Energy Office as well as from Pitkin and Gunnison counties, which approved similar referendums last November.

The Governor’s Energy Office is providing funding for a coordinator to provide assistance to each of the three counties starting the programs.

“Before we move forward with the program, we want to get plenty of public feedback to make sure we’re on the right track,” Eagle County Environmental Policy Planner Adam Palmer said. “Our goal is to have a program ready to go by April or May of this year.”

Boulder County voters approved a similar “Climate Smart” loan program in 2008, which has seen significant participation from homeowners. The most common improvements to date have been installation of solar energy systems and replacement of inefficient windows, doors, furnaces and boilers. According to Boulder County staff, in most cases cost savings from the improvements more than offset the loan payments.

For more information, call Palmer, 970-328-8734 or

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