The Coalition for an Energy Efficient Denver (CEED) calls on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to introduce an ordinance implementing all the recommendations of the Energize Denver Task Force. Energize Denver was appointed by the Mayor to produce a plan for reducing energy usage from commercial buildings in Denver in order to help meet the 2020 sustainability goals and the 2050 climate goal.
Energize Denver produced three main recommendations to the mayor. These three measures require these large buildings to:
- Measure their building energy efficiency through a free program (Energy Star) offered by the Department of Energy;
- Disclose the building Energy Star number for tenants and others to see; and
- Require low performing buildings to increase their energy efficiency by requiring improvements that pay back financially in less than 2.5 years.
The recommendations were unanimous from the task force, which was made up of commercial real estate professionals, energy efficiency experts, homeless advocates and other interested parties.
In addition to reducing energy usage in the most cost-effective manner, these recommendations would result in hundreds of new jobs in the Denver area. Jobs that cannot be out-sourced to other regions.
Today CEED is presenting the mayor with the signatures of hundreds of Denver residents in support of this plan.
CEED is a membership organization representing about 45 businesses who are in the business of energy efficiency, and several organizations who support the overall goals. For more information on CEED and our members go to www.ceed.city for details.