Moab has become the first city to join Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) new Wattsmart Communities program, after the Moab City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with RMP on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Through the program, the utility company has pledged to help the city identify efficiency goals and build a community energy plan. The program is free to join.
During the Sept. 26 meeting of the Moab City Council, Clay Monroe, Demand Side Management program manager for RMP, outlined the steps that the program would involve.
The utility company will provide professional facilitators for three workshops. The first workshop will look at the data on how Moab uses energy, the second will identify community goals and the third will create a plan for how to achieve those goals. Throughout the process, RMP will provide data and resources to the city.
The company has already begun developing a dashboard tool that will show the public how Moab is doing in terms of renewable and overall energy usage on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Monroe noted that Moab is “geographically easy to model” and has demonstrated a commitment to renewable energy. In February, the city passed a resolution committing to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032, along with other energy use goals — and said that Rocky Mountain Power expects to see rewards on its end from the program as well.
“We have learned through other program models, this is the philosophy of teaching our customers to fish and we have seen the data represented in other program models,” Monroe said. “When we engage in a holistic way, there are returns on the back end in year two, in year three, that do help our system and do help with those things that are business priorities for the utility.”
Moab City Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo and Monroe will work together to facilitate the program.
“I’m pretty excited about this obviously,” said Moab City Mayor Dave Sakrison. “I think this is going to go a long way as far as the goals that the council has set for renewables and energy efficiency so I think this is a win-win not only for us but for [Rocky Mountain Power] as well.”