Carbon tax gives back in Aspen, Pitkin County |

Carbon tax gives back in Aspen, Pitkin County

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The city of Aspen and Pitkin County’s Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), managed by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), last week began dispersing more than $1.3 million in grants to a variety of green projects.

This year’s REMP funding will support an array of programs, including the installation of a ground source heat pump at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ Hallam Lake Nature Preserve; the installation of the city’s hydroelectric system on Castle Creek; the addition of photovoltaic systems on the new fire station and Thrift Shop, and many of Pitkin County’s green programs.

Funds are generated through an energy budgeting program, which is part of the Aspen and Pitkin County building code, and support renewable energy and efficiency projects throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

In 2000, the city of Aspen adopted the program, which is the world’s stiffest carbon tax on excess energy use. The funds have helped eliminate several hundred million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, according to officials. Past funding has gone to the Red Brick Center for the Arts, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the Woody Creek Community Center. One recent REMP-funded success was the Aspen Middle School renovation, which became the first LEED Gold-certified school in Colorado, according to officials.

This year’s REMP funds also will continue to support rebates for energy efficient dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers, photovoltaic systems, solar hot water systems and programmable thermostats. For more information call 544-9808 or visit

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