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San Miguel Power Association, our local electricity provider, offers various programs for you to cash in on your energy savings. Get the lowdown by visiting their website where you will find details regarding the following programs.

  1. Energy Audits
  2. Energy Efficiency Rebates
  3. Green Blocks & Green Cents
  4. Home Energy Savers
  5. Net Metering
  6. Renewable Energy Resources
  7. Renewable Rebates

Source Gas, our natural gas utility, also has a wide range of rebates available for upgrading appliances and home heating devices to energy efficient ones. Visit their website for more information.


Electricity and natural gas are two natural resources that we count on for most of our energy needs. By using them less, we can preserve fossil fuels and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. We do our best to cut down on our electricity and natural gas use in town facilities while encouraging our homeowners and businesses to do the same.  

Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and halocarbons are naturally-occurring gases in the atmosphere called Greenhouse Gases which regulate Earth’s temperature by absorbing heat from the sun and warming Earth’s surface. This is called the Greenhouse Effect. Too many Greenhouse Gases will put extra heat into the atmosphere and disrupt the global climate, altering temperature and precipitation patterns and contributing to the effects of Climate Change. 

Carbon dioxide is our largest contributor to greenhouse gases, making up over 80 percent of all Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States. It is produced through burning fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas, coal and oil for things like driving our cars, heating and lighting our homes, and running the gondola.
The skiing industry, and therefore Mountain Village and Telluride, are especially vulnerable to the effects of Climate Change. Winter is predicted to start later and end earlier. Snow quality will degrade as rain precipitation increases. And snow making capacity will reduce due to warmer temperatures and decreased water availability. Additional impacts that scientists predict will occur as a result of Climate Change include earlier peak run-off in spring, followed by decreased natural water storage, increased summer droughts, and increased potential for water shortages throughout the West.
In 2009, we and the Town of Telluride adopted a goal to address Climate Change by reducing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions caused by the towns. Moreover, we believe that establishing an energy goal and creating a plan of action to reach that goal is only the beginning. And at the end of 2012, we achieved a five percent reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in total government emissions, one quarter of the way toward meeting our pledge. 

Efficiencies in buildings, snowmelt heating systems, transportation, recycling and renewable energy have already helped and will continue to help us reduce per capita emissions. But significant political and community will is needed if these goals and the challenges presented by Climate Change are to be met. Ultimately, meeting this challenge will be a direct result of individual action that drives a revolution in the way we produce and use our energy.


Three years after issuing the Telluride Renewed Challenge with Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser, former Mountain Village Mayor Bob Delves has reached his goal of achieving 100 percent alternative offset at his Mountain Village home. Find out how he did it!


In 2009, Town Council pledged to support Colorado Governor Ritter’s Climate Action Plan goal of 20 percent greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2020. To monitor progress toward this goal, we track monthly energy use in our public facilities including electricity, natural gas, fuel consumption, waste disposal, and recycling.

Data is collected, analyzed and distributed to the various town departments to review and identify potential opportunities for further reductions and efficiencies. Annual reports of government facility energy use and progress toward our energy goals are prepared by the Environmental Services Department and shared with Town Council on an annual basis.

And at the end of 2012, we achieved a five percent reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in total government emissions, one quarter of the way toward meeting our pledge.