Desert City Leads Utah Clean Energy Movement
Located on the Colorado River near the state line between Utah and Colorado, is the 4-square mile City of Moab. A desert oasis, the 5,000 or so Moab residents host over a million tourists annually. Visitors come to enjoy the adjacent National Parks Arches and Canyonlands, the Dead Horse Point State Park as well as biking, hiking, water sports and gorgeous vistas.
Moab is perhaps less known for being the Nation's first EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Community and a steward for clean energy. Under the leadership of Mayor Dave Sakrison, the town began purchasing wind power for 50% of the City Office building electricity demand in 2003. Local electricity customers were encouraged to purchase pollution-free wind energy through Utah Power's Blue Sky voluntary wind program. As a result Moab became the region's first Blue Sky Community. More below the fold...According to the town website:
Today, more than 14 percent of residents and businesses purchase pollution-free wind power today and almost 4% of the area's electricity demand is met with wind power. The community's purchase is equivalent to the output of a 1 MW wind turbine and prevents 5.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Moab is home to Utah's first 100% wind powered newspaper, The Times Indpendent and 100% wind powered public radio KZMU (90.1 FM) and over 100 other businesses purchasing wind power.Next Moab will focus on energy efficiency, working with the Utah Energy Policy Task Force to ensure that renewable energy sources are a part of the Utah State's energy policy.
Historically the area was a gathering ground for Navajo and Ute Indians and was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1854. Moab became incorporated as a town in 1902. In more recent years, uranium mining has been the main local economic activity. In addition vanadium, potash and manganese, oil and natural gas can be found in the area. Today the local economy is predominantly tourist based. Although this desert community is rapidly developing we hope they will continue to do so in sustainable style. :: City of Moab, UT