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The Goals
  • Renewables: To achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable for heating by 2050. To align Greenhouse Gas Emission reductions with the Paris Accord by 2050.
  • Efficiency: To reduce consumption of electricity by 15% by 2030 and reduce consumption of natural gas by 15% by 2030.
  • Transportation: To achieve 20% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2030 and 100% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2050.
Key City Programs & InitiativesGoEV City Initiative
The City passed a resolution to make Golden a “GoEV City,” pledging to transition the city car fleet and citywide transportation network to 100% electric vehicles by 2030, and ALL vehicles within the city by 2050.

The Municipal Electric Vehicle Master Plan outlines a phased approach to meeting the “GoEV City” pledge and transitioning 100% of the city’s fleet to electric vehicles by 2030.
Community Solar GardenGolden voters approved a community solar initiative to create local opportunities to subscribe to renewable energy, and studies have shown the feasibility of a solar garden at the Rooney Road landfill site, as well as other potential locations.
How You Can HelpThere are many small steps each member of our community can take to help achieve Golden’s renewable and efficient energy goals.
  • View our list of Sustainability programs (link to Sustainability City Programs page) to see other ways you can save both energy and money.
  • Go Solar (link to Solar Energy Systems page under Business > Building & Construction): Tax credits, exemptions and rebates are available to help offset the cost of installing solar panels on residential homes.
  • Get a Home Energy Assessment:  An energy expert from Xcel Energy will assess your home, identify any issues, and recommend improvements through your Xcel home energy assessment.
  • Drive an EV:  Electric vehicles are now available in all makes and sizes, with longer range than ever! AND you may be eligible for stacking rebates. Double, triple and quadruple the incentives available for your purchase of an electric vehicle. Check out Xcel Energy’s EV Buyers Guide for a one-stop shop of federal, state, and utility incentives.
  • Carpool or Take the Bus:  Visit our Ride page (link to Ride under Getting Around) for alternative ways you can get where you’re going. Visit waytogo.org to arrange carpools and explore other ideas for reducing your time on the road.
  • Upgrade Your Appliances:  New appliances are expensive, but rebates and tax exemptions are available in some cases. Make sure your next appliance purchase is EnergyStar rated.
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