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Earth Month kicks off Tuesday

Article adapted from Steamboat Pilot Steamboat Springs — With more than a dozen Earth Month events planned during the next four weeks, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is giving local residents plenty of opportunities to pay tribute to the planet. The organization’s “Every Day is Earth Day” ongoing celebration means residents planning to be out of […]

Sustainability awards honor volunteers who elevate Yampa Valley community

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Tom Ross Steamboat Springs — The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council reserves its first monthly meeting of the New Year for the purpose of recognizing community partners who have given of themselves to help the residents of the region to enjoy a more energy-efficient, less-wasteful lifestyle. On Wednesday, YVSC […]

Cen$ible Energy Rebate Program to Re-open January 1

The Cen$ible Energy rebate program provides cash rebates for energy-saving LED lights, four types of Energy Star-certified appliances, programmable thermostats, energy audits and post-audit air sealing. Rebates are available for Yampa Valley Electric Association members to improve energy efficiency in their homes or small businesses. This popular and beneficial program will open again on January 1, […]

How Can Consumers Avoid Palm Oil?

Hey Mr. Green! How can I avoid palm oil? I try to avoid palm oil because tropical rainforests are destroyed to develop palm oil plantations. But yesterday, I happened to read the label on a bar of my favorite soap and—oh dear!—sodium palmitate was the very first ingredient. What to do? —Joy from Tennessee  A: Palm oil […]

What’s new in renewable energy – first U.S. wave-produced electricity

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it is fed […]

Input Requested by Sept. 1 on Routt County Building Codes Upgrade

Construction community input is requested by Sept. 1 regarding the Routt County Regional Building Department upgrade to 2015 building codes, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Input should be submitted to Routt County building official Ben Grush at bgrush@co.routt.co.us. Any interested construction professionals in Routt County who have not received the previous […]

Alpine Bank supports Cen$ible Energy rebates through 2019

The popular local energy efficiency rebate program Cen$ible Energy has received a four-year financial commitment from Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs to help the residential and small business energy retrofit efforts continue through 2019. The bank’s Environmental Loyalty Debit Card program will contribute up to $35,000 to Cen$ible Energy across four years to help meet […]

Colorado is now top state for electric car rebates

From the Washington Post What’s the best place in the country to buy a new electric car? That honor arguably goes to Colorado, where the legislature just passed a bill that, starting in 2017, will effectively give consumers a $5,000 discount at the dealership. Once the new law goes into effect, it replaces the existing one offering […]

Business, individuals honored for sustainability efforts

As posted by Matt Stensland at the Steamboat Today newspaper Steamboat Springs — A former Steamboat Springs City Council member, a 10-year-old girl, a lodging company and two teachers were among the recipients of awards presented Wednesday by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. “The awards are our way of celebrating in our community those that […]

Panels at Community Solar Array in Craig Start at $601

Did you know that the entry price for solar power in the Yampa Valley Electric Association territory starts at $601? Nearly 80 percent of the capacity of the community solar garden in Craig has been reserved, so a limited number of YVEA members can still purchase panels. Members of YVEA who want access to clean […]