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Breckenridge buys renewable energy

Lory PounderSummit County correspondentAspen CO, Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. The town of Breckenridge recently purchased 6,511 renewable energy certificates to offset the electrical energy consumption of its infrastructure.The certificates, from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, mean traditional polluting sources of electricity will be replaced with wind energy, according to a press release from the town of Breckenridge. And as a result, about 4,558 metric tons of carbon dioxide will not be released into the air, the release said. Purchasing wind energy offsets is one of the arrows in the quiver of all the things weve been doing, said Tim Gagen, town manager, in a press release. Both the Town Council and the employees supported this initiative.Additionally, a percentage of the purchased renewable energy certificates, also known as Green Tags, will be applied to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation-sponsored Solar 4R Schools program being piloted at Breckenridge Elementary School. The program educates teachers and students about benefits of solar energy through an installed solar power system and curriculum package, according to the press release.In 2002, the town of Breckenridge adopted a vision plan that about 300 community members worked on during the course of 12 months. It outlines 10 values including preserving natural resources that are used to guide the future of the town.And as a result, employees from various departments of the Town formed the Green Team about 14 months ago. They meet monthly with a mission of reducing the ecological footprint of the town. Breckenridge Town Council supported the groups efforts by allocating a budget of $117,000 this year. The budget includes a van pool program, recycling receptacles, funds for a future purchase of energy-efficient vehicles, energy audits, ballast replacement, wind power purchase and educational programs for employees and the community.Town of Breckenridge officials encourage residents to purchase Green Tag wind credits to offset personal energy consumption by visiting

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