A few weeks ago, CORE announced a big shift in how we deliver financial incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency to the Roaring Fork Valley. Effective January 1, 2021, the service territory for CORE rebates and grants will be limited to Pitkin County.
This is due to changes in Pitkin County building codes which resulted in rising renewable energy installations (good news) and a commensurate drop in payments into the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), whose funds CORE manages. The economic reality of the shrinking funds prompted elected officials and CORE board members to ask: “How do we keep moving the needle on climate change with fewer funds?” The answer, Pitkin Board of County Commissioners and City of Aspen Council concluded, was to focus funding where it is collected: Pitkin County. As a consequence, incentives will no longer be available in the Roaring Fork Valley portions of Garfield and Gunnison counties, and may have effects in Eagle County. Rest assured, for projects completed, rebate applications submitted, and grants approved by CORE by December 31, 2020 — regardless of location within the Roaring Fork Valley — funding will still be awarded.
“This is a new chapter for REMP and for CORE,” said George Newman, Pitkin County Board member and CORE board chair. “We remain as committed as ever to the CORE mission: leading the upper Roaring Fork Valley to a carbon-free, net-zero energy future. While we are reducing our territory, we are not reducing the scope of our work, nor our dedication to restoring the climate, which we have been championing for more than 25 years.”