Summit County, Utah

energy would quantify their combined load and issue RFPs, soliciting bids that would be used by the Public Service Commission to establish what the rates would be. “It would then be a couple of years before everything would be approved. But, by the time 2032 hits, the intent is to have this in place, fully built out.” Yoder adds that the resolution passed by the County Council also mandates a reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2040 for county operations, and 2050 for the entire community. “To achieve that, the biggest contri- bution will be from the transition to 100 percent renewable energy. The second major area of greenhouse gas emissions comes from trans- portation.”And in that regard, Summit County is already on a sustainable path, going forward. “We have a facility at the county (the Sheldon Rich- ins Services building), where we have electric vehicle charging; we have electric bicycles for a bike share program; we have a fully-electric bus system,” she states. “All of these are located at the county transit center, powered by solar energy, where the whole future is showcased. There’s a tremendous amount of collaboration going on in the community. Summit County is making pro- gressive things happen.” VENDOR Gardner Energy