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Sneffels Energy Board

The Sneffels Energy Board (previously the Western San Juan Community Energy Board or WSJCEB) was formed in 2009 by EcoAction Partners to support a grant from the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office. The Board represents the region of San Miguel and Ouray Counties in Colorado and has consistently met since 2009 to collaborate on setting and accomplishing regional sustainability goals.


The Sneffels Energy Board* will advance the New Energy Economy so that our communities will have economic opportunities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy and will develop and thrive in a sustainable manner.

*EcoAction Partners; our local governments: San Miguel and Ouray Counties, the towns of Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Ophir and Ridgway, and the City of Ouray; our regional utility providers: San Miguel Power Association and Source Gas.


The Vision of the Sneffels Energy Board is to preserve our clean air, water, and natural environment for future generations. We will achieve this through being a leader in reducing the per capita consumption of valuable natural resources through education, efficiency, and the implementation of renewable energy projects.


Sustainability Action Plan (STRATEGY):

GHG Inventory:

Government Energy Use: tracking, analyzing, reducing:

Business Energy Efficiency (Main Street Efficiency Initiative – MSEI):

  • Main Street Efficiency Initiative (MSEI)
    Business Energy Efficiency (Main Street Efficiency Initiative – MSEI) – In February of 2011 TNCC was awarded the Main Street Efficiency Initiative (MSEI) grant from the Governor’s Energy Office. Twelve businesses; non-profits in Ouray and San Miguel Counties applied to become more energy-efficient with the assistance of TNCC, local energy auditors, and energy-efficiency rebates. Improvements made during 2011 are estimated to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption by 47,000 kWh and 1120 therms, saving at least $27,000 in utility bills annually! Resulting carbon footprint reduction is about 65 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. This is equivalent to driving a Subaru from Telluride to Denver every day of the year!