Two changes in how La Plata County, CO, oversees energy efficiency will lead to energy reductions by as much as 15 percent, according to The Durango Herald.
The story says that the county currently adheres to 10-year-old international energy efficiency standards. Part of the gain will be in upgrading those standards. In addition, the county is implementing an energy conservation code will lead to higher levels of efficiency:
The most consequential upgrades to the energy code would affect wood-burning fireplaces, which would be required to have sealed doors and draw combustion air from the outside. They also would need to meet more rigorous inspection of a structure’s air-tightness, which must be demonstrated through testing and/or rigorous inspection.
The story outlines other changes that the new rules would require.
Schenectady County, NY, is considering building a solar farm in Rotterdam as part of its efforts to become energy independent by 2020. Tomorrow, the legislature will vote on the whether to build a 652,800 Watt solar farm on an eight acre site in Wedgewood Heights. The site was acquired by the county via a tax foreclosure.