EnergyWise Works with State to Develop Efficiency Project

Over the last several weeks, CREA and several of our co-op members have met with various state and federal agencies to develop a pilot energy efficiency project as part of CREA’s Colorado EnergyWise Project. The pilot program will be known as the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Program and will involve four co-ops at the pilot stage (Morgan County, Poudre Valley, United Power and Highline Electric).
Our co-ops will be partnering with the state’s Colorado Energy Office to perform audits of the operations of co-op member-owners with the goal of installing energy-saving equipment at selected dairy barns and irrigation systems. Using a grant from the Department of Energy, the Colorado Energy Office will fund 12 audits and from those audits select farming operations where it makes sense to install new motors or lighting to improve energy efficiency.