South Jordan Wattsmart Energy Plan
The City of South Jordan recognizes the importance of sustainable growth, especially as the City continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in the state of Utah. Early in 2021 the City partnered with Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) to implement a Wattsmart Communities program. The Wattsmart Communities program helps communities plan for the future by 1) engaging the community; 2) developing a community energy profile; 3) establishing a vision, focus areas, and goals; and 4) implementing a community energy plan. Over the course of the year, elected officials, City staff, and key community stakeholders developed an Energy Action Plan tailored specifically for the City of South Jordan. Read the full plan linked below.
Our Energy Vision
South Jordan will promote clean and efficient energy use to help build a healthy and sustainable community.
Based on the community survey and the feedback from stakeholders, the following key values were identified:
- Keep utility costs affordable
- Improve air quality
- Support sustainable economic development
Estimated Plan Impact
Based on the strategies identified in the plan and historic community energy data, the expected impacts of this plan by the end of 2023 are shown below.
- 1,995,999 kWh in Annual Electric Energy Savings
- $193,000 in Annual Electric Cost Savings
- 11,800 New Electric Vehicles in Salt Lake County
- 1 New Sustainable Business Program
How Can I Save?
South Jordan has set the ambitious goal of encouraging residents and businesses to save 1.9 million kilowatt hours and $193,000 in electricity costs each year. Are you in? Participate in one of Rocky Mountain Power's programs to save energy—and money!
How Will We Get There?
How will South Jordan reach its energy savings goals? Here’s what the City is doing to promote clean and efficient energy use to build a healthy and sustainable community.
Community Outreach Strategies
These strategies are designed to encourage residents and businesses throughout the community to take action to improve energy efficiency or use clean energy in their homes or business.
Strategy 1: Quarterly Residential Outreach
Provide residents with information about ways they can improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their air quality impact along with relevant available resources.
- Ready to find savings for your home? Participate in one of Rocky Mountain Power’s programs: https://www.rockymountainpower.net/savings-energy-choices/home.html.
- See https://www.sjc.utah.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=22 for a collection of articles.
Strategy 2: Business Recognition Campaign
Coordinate with the Chamber to recognize businesses that are implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, or electrification measures and provide information on how other businesses could do the same including available incentives.
- Interested in incentives for your business? Check out Rocky Mountain Power’s programs here: https://www.rockymountainpower.net/savings-energy-choices/business.html.
Strategy 3: Identify Partners for a Workforce Development Program
Discuss interest in an energy workforce development program with potential partners.
How Are We Measuring Up?
Explore the data below on energy conservation and use in South Jordan City.
Public Entity Strategies
These strategies are designed to allow public entities to lead the way and demonstrate good practices in energy efficiency and clean energy use.
Strategy 4: Develop an EV Plan for Fleet and Equipment
Develop a plan to incorporate electric vehicles (EVs) into the City’s fleet vehicle replacement plan based on vehicle use and total cost of ownership.
- Find more information about the City's fleet here: https://www.sjc.utah.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=179.
Strategy 5: Create a Recommissioning Schedule for Facilities
Coordinate with RMP to develop a schedule to recommission high-energy-use municipal buildings every 3-5 years. Recommissioning involves doing an engineering study to identify low- and no-cost actions to improve a facility’s energy use, such as readjusting HVAC controls.
- The City has completed two recommissionings. Working with RMP, the city facilities team lowered City Hall’s annual electricity costs by an estimated $8,521 and earned the City an incentive payment from RMP for $3,451. The team has also lowered the Gale Center's annual electricity costs by an estimated $668 and received an RMP incentive payment of $337.
Strategy 6: Reinvest Savings
Leverage utility cost savings from energy efficiency projects to invest in future energy efficiency opportunities.
Strategy 7: Consider Energy Best Practices in Design Specifications
For City projects, the staff evaluates ROI for above-code energy efficiency opportunities, EV-ready construction, and solar-ready construction.
Strategy 8: Create Opportunities to Learn from Peers
Connect with peer institutions to learn what has worked well in promoting sustainable energy use in their communities and organizations.