The Western San Juan Community Energy Board (WSJCEB) was formed out of a strategic planning process funded through the Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO) by U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds. in 2010. The GEO used these funds for low population regions throughout state to create Community Energy Coordinators (CEC) and support development of Sustainability Action Plans and promote other actions/programs to assist with the state's New Energy Economy goals. These funds were awarded to The New Community Coalition (now called EcoAction Partners) which serves Ouray and San Miguel County communities in early 2010. The Western San Juan Community Energy Board is an active board that includes elected officials, utility representatives, community members at large, and local government staff. Following the process outlined by the GEO the WSJCEB developed a working document: "STRATEGY / Action Plan For Ouray and San Miguel Counties."
The mission of the WSJCEB is "to advance the New Energy Economy so that our communities will have economic opportunities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy and will develop and thrive in a sustainable manner."
The WSJCEB vision is "to preserve our clean air, water, and natural environment for future generations. We will achieve this through being a leader in reducing the per capita consumption of valuable natural resources through education, efficiency, and the implementation of renewable energy projects."