The City of Aspen’s Utilities provides water and electric service to approximately 7,100 meters for the health, enjoyment, and benefit of community residents, businesses, and visitors to Aspen, Colorado. Born on the rugged frontier from a pioneering spirit, in 1885 the Aspen Water Company began water service and in the same year, Aspen became the first city west of the Mississippi to light streets and businesses from hydroelectric power. During the following 100 years, Aspen evolved from its silver mining roots to a visionary dream of skiing in the 1930s, to the world class resort of today.
Aspen’s Utilities also evolved with the community. In 1966, the City dedicated a new water treatment plant. In years 1976 and 1986, the Utilities completed 2 major projects to place the electric system underground. In 1980, voters approved a bond issue for the replacement and enlargement of deteriorating water mains, some of which dated to the mining days. Later in the 1980’s, Utilities constructed 2 hydroelectric plants and a second water treatment plant. In 2002, Utilities was a pioneering subscriber to a new wind farm in Kimball Nebraska and later in 2015, Aspen became the 3rd municipal electric utility in the nation to achieve a 100% Renewable Energy electric portfolio. This legacy of progressive, innovative thinking, harnessing technology and exceptional service continues to flourish today in the staff of our organization.
Aspen’s Municipal Electric Utility - 100% Renewable Energy Portfolio.
A strategic balance of 53% wind, 46% hydroelectric, and 1% landfill gas
To manage and maintain our water and electric resources from their resources to our customers in a manner that most efficiently meets, or exceeds, all related State and Federal standards, while driving the reduction of Aspen's greenhouse gas emissions and energy use through policy, outreach, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Make a Plan
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters (http://www.ready.gov/be-informed) could affect your area. Know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.
Link to http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
Pitkin County Emergency Operations
The Pitkin County EOP incorporates best practices and procedures from various incident management disciplines – homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, hazardous materials response, public works, public health, emergency medical services, and responder and recovery worker health and safety – and integrates them into a unified coordinating structure. The Pitkin County EOP provides the framework for interaction with local, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. It describes capabilities and resources and establishes responsibilities, operations processes, and protocols to help protect against natural and man-made hazards; save lives; protect public health, safety, property, and the environment; and reduce adverse psychological consequences and disruptions.
Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Link to Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Emergency Preparedness For People With Disabilities
One of the most important aspects of independent living is developing the capacity to keep ourselves safe at home, work, and in the community. That is why Pitkin County and the Pitkin County Public Safety Council are pleased to offer this workbook to help people with disabilities plan for disaster emergencies. This workbook will guide you through the process of gathering the information and supplies you will need if a disaster strikes. It is filled with worksheets, checklists, and tips to help you prepare for an emergency.
This workbook is designed to be used by people with Access and Functional Needs (AFN) to prepare for disaster emer/DocumentCenter/View/68gencies.