The City of Aspen and Pitkin County have adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with some amendments, as their official energy code effective March 9, 2010. The [http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Portals/0/docs/county/countycode/Building%20Code.pdf ordinance] that adopted the 2009 IECC also included a continuation of the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), first developed in 2000.
The REMP only comes into play for houses of 5,000 square feet or more, and homes and businesses that feature outdoor spas, pools or snowmelt systems. Owners of these structures must either pay a REMP fee or install on-site renewable energy systems.
'''On-Site Renewable Credits'''<br />
An owner of a home greater than 4,999 square feet may avoid the REMP fee by installing a 2 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system, regardless of the home's size, or an equivalent renewable energy system. REMP fees associated with outdoor snowmelt systems, spas and pools can be offset by installing PV, solar water heating, or geothermal heat pump systems. For PV, every kW installed will count as $6,421.20 towards the REMP fee. Solar water heaters can offset REMP fees at $244.65 per square foot of collector area, limited to 500 square feet. Geothermal heat pumps can offset REMP fees at a rate of $6.84 per 100,000 BTU per year of the system's design.
'''REMP Fees'''<br />
Owners of homes greater than 4,999 square feet must pay a REMP fee equivalent to $1.00 for every square foot of their home. For example, the REMP fee for a 6,000 square foot home would be $6,000. The REMP payment for snowmelt systems, outdoor pools and spas are determined by their square footage. The REMP fee for residential snowmelt systems is $34 per square foot divided by the boiler efficiency. The REMP fees for residential outdoor pools and spas are $136 and $176, respectively, per square foot and divided by the boiler efficiency. Package spas 64 square feet or smaller are exempt. The REMP fee for commercial snowmelt systems is $60 per square foot divided by the boiler efficiency. The REMP fees for commercial outdoor pools and spas are $170 and $176, respectively, per square foot and divided by the boiler efficiency. Package spas 64 square feet or smaller are exempt.
'''REMP-Funded Projects'''<br />
With final approval coming from the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners and the Aspen City Council, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) periodically awards funding to worthy energy projects from the REMP fund. In selecting projects to fund, CORE favors projects which involve affordable housing, demonstrated cost effectiveness, public visibility and education, environmental benefits, energy efficiency, unique opportunities, new technologies and green design. CORE also operates a rebate program using REMP funds. In 2010 alone CORE awarded over $65,000 for over 500 rebates for energy efficient appliances, solar photovoltaics, and solar thermal systems, leveraging 4,500 tons of CO2 savings over the products' lifetimes. Since its inception, the fund has accumulated and awarded approximately $8 million.ated and awarded approximately $8 million.