November 2005 - The City of Boulder, Colorado announced that it exceeded its goals for a recent campaign designed to increase the number of residents and businesses purchasing green power. During the roughly two-month "Wind Power Challenge," 1,150 customers signed up to purchase wind power from local renewable energy suppliers, far exceeding the campaign's goal of 500 new subscribers. When combined with the more than 5,700 pre-existing green power customers, about 16% of the city's residents and businesses now purchase green power. Collectively, these purchases represent nearly 5% of the community's total electricity needs.
Due in part to the success of the challenge, which was sponsored by the city and local non-profit Western Resource Advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has designation the city a "Green Power Community," making Boulder the first community in Colorado to receive this distinction.
The following local renewable energy suppliers participated in the city's wind power challenge: Clean and Green; Community Energy, Inc.; Renewable Choice Energy; and Xcel Energy through its Windsource program.
News Release - Boulder exceeds goals of Wind Challenge; Becomes Green Power Community
News Release - City of Boulder challenges community to increase wind power purchases
Western Resource Advocates Contact: Susan Innis, (303) 444-1188, ext 221
City of Boulder Contacts:
Carolyn Weinreich, Office of Environmental Affairs, (303) 441-1914
Jodie Carroll, Media Relations, (303) 441-3155