The City of Moab and Rocky Mountain Power signed an agreement on 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 announced on Jan. 10.

A press release from the city said it is working with Rocky Mountain Power on programs for energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure and innovative technologies.

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, the company’s 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 of Moab 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 press release said.

“The addition of two new solar arrays is amazing on two levels,” Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus said. “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!”

The project was identified in the Community Energy Plan developed in 2018, said Moab City Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo.

“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 Rocky Mountain Power’s efforts to further diversify their energy supply,” Russo said.

About Rocky Mountain Power: Rocky Mountain Power is one of the largest utility providers of renewable power in the country and serves more than 1.1 million customers in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

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