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The City of Moab and Rocky Mountain Power signed an agreement Dec. 11 to work cooperatively to reach the city’s ambitious renewable energy goals for both municipal functions and the community as a whole.
The city and Rocky Mountain Power will work together on programs for energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure, and innovative technologies to support EVs. Both parties will evaluate new smart grid investments to improve the efficient use of resources and reduce emissions.
“Rocky Mountain Power has a strong history in community and customer partnerships,” said Debra Dull, regional business manager. “We look forward to this collaborative opportunity to help Moab meet its aggressive renewable and sustainability goals, while still providing affordable, reliable electricity to all of our customers.”
The agreement includes a memorandum of understanding between the city and Rocky Mountain Power to explore plans for two new solar projects. The two facilities will be located on city property and will provide new renewable generation resources for Rocky Mountain Power customers and the city.
“The addition of two new solar arrays is amazing on two levels,” said Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus. “It helps Moab City push past our municipal energy goals for 2020, and it demonstrates our positive continuing relationship with Rocky Mountain Power. Solar power. What a gift!”
“This alliance between Moab and Rocky Mountain Power helps catalyze our intent to advance the Moab community’s carbon and renewable energy goals and contribute to RMP’s efforts to further diversify their energy supply,” said Moab City Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo. “The project was identified in the Community Energy Plan developed in 2018.”