Washoe County and Ledger8760, the 24-7 carbon-tracking platform that measures energy, emissions, and utility information, launched a new public-facing platform that tracks carbon emissions from county-owned buildings and vehicles.
The Washoe County government is actively working toward the State of Nevada’s goal of reducing greenhouse gasses by 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Most of Washoe County’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated from lighting and heating of buildings, and the county has already reduced its emissions by 24 percent by generating solar energy on three buildings, including the Washoe County Administrative Complex. This puts Washoe County on track to far surpass the state’s goal by 2025.
Carbon emissions have traditionally been calculated on an annual average, which can deviate widely from actual carbon emissions. Reno-based Ledger8760 launched an innovative real-time tracker to account for energy flows from all grid interconnections in North America. By partnering with Ledger8760, Washoe County is able to more accurately track its carbon emissions to inform adjustments and policy decisions and effectively reduce its carbon footprint.
“Real-time data is invaluable to the decision-making process. It allows us to more accurately and efficiently track our energy use, identify waste, and be better stewards of our resources,” Washoe County Commissioner Bob Lucey, who spearheaded this partnership with Ledger8760 said. “We save money by using renewable energy, and we make a positive long-term impact on our environment and air quality.”
“We value our partnership with Washoe County and the entire state of Nevada and applaud their recognition that accurate, 24/7 data is they to more informed decision making to reach the state’s carbon reduction goals, because you can’t change what you can’t measure” said Adam Kramer, CEO of Ledger8760. “We look forward to working alongside the Washoe County team to help them realize the full potential that comes with accurate emissions data.”
Washoe County joins the City of Reno and State of Nevada in utilizing Ledger8760’s technology. The City of Reno recently launched its own public portal, and the Governor’s Office of Energy is working with Ledger8760 to tailor its reporting to statewide emissions.