Salt Lake City - Green Power Purchasing (Utah)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Utah
Name Salt Lake City - Green Power Purchasing
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 1,557 kWh of wind-generated electricity per month

Date added to DSIRE 2002-08-14
Last DSIRE Review 2010-10-04

References DSIRE[1]


Salt Lake City purchases 1,557 kWh of green power each month through Utah Power’s Blue Sky wind power program. Wind power accounts for 100% of the energy used at the City and County Building. Although there is an additional cost associated with wind power in Utah, Salt Lake City is able to make the Blue Sky wind power purchase at no additional cost to taxpayers through energy conservation measures implemented at the City and County Building.

Salt Lake City has also been instrumental in generating public participation in the Blue Sky program. In June of 2004, Mayor Anderson, Utah Power, and Utah Clean Energy partnered to launch the "Twice as Nice" Blue Sky Community Challenge. The goal of the "Twice as Nice" challenge is to double the number of citizens participating in the Blue Sky program, or to double the amount of wind power purchased.

Additionally, an Executive Order signed in 2007 requires the carbon emissions associated with all city-related air travel to be offset by purchasing carbon offsets through the Pax Natura program. This order makes Salt Lake City the first American city to voluntarily commit to offset the carbon emissions from all city-related air travel.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name SLC Green
Department Community of Salt Lake City
Division Division of Sustainability and Environment
Address 451 S. State Street, Room 306
Place Salt Lake City, Utah
Zip/Postal Code 84111
Phone (801) 535-6470


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"