Planning for 100% renewable energy in Manitou Springs

Planning for 100% renewable energy in Manitou Springs


COMING TOGETHER IN MANITOU SPRINGS WITH THE GOAL OF 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE TOWN. RATHER THAN A POLITICAL PROMISE FROM ELECTED LEADERS… IT’S ENVIROMENTALLY-MINDED LOCALS… TAKING ACTION. NEW TONIGHT AT SIX– IS IT WISHFUL THINKING… OR A REAL POSSIBILITY?….. ,BILL FOLSOM IN STUDIO… GETTING SOME ANSWERS. MANITOU’S NEW MAYOR HAS GIVEN AN ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP THE GO AHEAD TO FIGURE OUT FEASIBLITY. ONE COUPLE WHO IS HEAVILY INVOLVED, LIVES NEARLY 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE IN THEIR OWN HOME. IT TOOK RESEARCH TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, AND THEY’RE WILLING TO WORK ON A PLAN FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. MANITOU SPRINGS RESIDENTS WITH A NEW VIEW FOR THE MOUNTAIN TOWN ENERGY FUTURE. ” WE’RE TALKING ABOUT FOSSIL FUEL FREE FOR ELECTRICITY BY 2030 SO IT’S NOT LIKE A YEAR FROM NOW.” MANITOU RESIDENT JERRY UNRUH, SAYS HE’S BEEN ENVIRONMENTALLY CONCIOUS FOR DECADES. HIS INTEREST TURNED TO ACTION WHEN THE SIERRA CLUB MADE A CALL FOR COMMUNTIES TO TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. HE’S PART OF GRASS ROOTS GROUP THAT WENT TO MANITOU SPRINGS MAYOR. ” I THINK HE’S NOT SURE HOW WE’RE GOING TO PULL IT OFF AND QUITE FRANKLY NEITHER ARE WE. ” WE’RE VERY PLEASED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW IT WORKS.” UNRUH AND HIS WIFE DIANA, LIVE WHAT THEY WANT FOR THE REST OF THEIR TOWN. JERRY’S SCIENCE MIND AND DIANA’S ARTISTIC SENSE COMBINE FOR COMFORTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY LIVING. ” IT’S LIKE LIVING INDOOR/OUTDOOR.” IT’S WHAT IS COMMONLY CALLED AN “EARTHSHIP” STYLE HOME” WITH THICK WALLS THAT KEEP OUT THE ELEMENTS AND HOLD HEAT FROM THE SUN COMING THROUGH THE GLASS HOMEFRONT. ” YOU’D FEEL QUITE WARM WALL, MOVE YOUR HAND UP HERE IT’S CHILLY.” NINE MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR THERE’S NO NEED FOR EXTRA HEAT. WHEN THERE IS, IT’S A SMALL AMOUNT FUELED BY PROPANE. PASSIVE SOLAR, PLUS ACTIVE PANELS COLLECTING ENERGY THAT IS STORED IN A DOZEN BATTERIES. A COMBINATION OF ELECTRICY AND PROPANE MOSTLY POWERING APPLIANCES. ” WE GET ABOUT 90% OF OUR HEAT FROM THE SUN, AND PROBABLY 98% PLUS OF OUR ELECTRICITY.” NOW THEY’RE THINKING BIGGER. CHANGING THE WHOLE TOWN OF MANITOU SPRINGS TO RENEWABLE ENERGY REQUIRES LOOKING AT SOLAR, HYDRO AND WIND POWER. BUT FIRST THEY NEED MORE LOCAL SUPPORT. ” IF CITIZENS DON’T GET INVOLVED, WE WON’T MAKE IT.” COMPLETE RENEWABLE ELECTRICTY BY 2030…. THEN THE MORE DIFFICULT CHALLENGE, IS TAKING ALL ENERGY SOURCES TO RENEWABLE BY 2050.

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