Category Archives: 2011

A Community Discussion with the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU)

Colorado Municipalization Experts, moderated by Dan Hodges, Executive Director, CAMU

Presentation Synopsis

CAMU is a non-profit organization that provides legislative representation, training and information to the 29 cities and towns of Colorado that own and operate their own electric systems. The primary mission of CAMU is to represent the interests of municipal electric systems at the Colorado State Legislature in a nonpartisan manner. CAMU believes that the needs of Colorado’s municipal electric systems are best met at the local level. To that end, CAMU works to urge our state and federal elected officials to respect the sanctity of local control in Colorado. The CAMU panel will focus on legislative and legal considerations that municipalized communities face and how CAMU provides assistance.

Speaker Bios

Dan Hodges, Executive Director of CAMU, will moderate the evening’s panel which will consist of professionals in the municipal utility industry: William McEwan, Phil Movish and Craig Johnson.

William McEwan has practiced energy law in Colorado for 35 years and currently serves as Assistant General Manager and General Counsel to the Arkansas River Power Authority, headquartered in Lamar, Colorado, which furnishes the wholesale electric power needs of its member municipalities — Holly, Lamar, La Junta, Las Animas, Springfield, and Trinidad. Mr. McEwan served as legal counsel on an evaluation of municipalization in Pueblo, has authored power supply RFP’s, and has prepared the financing documentation and construction contracting for a variety of generation projects, including a wind power project commissioned in 2004. He has negotiated green tag sales contracts for renewable energy facilities, and he has written several integrated resource plans for electric utilities.

Phil Movish is partner and executive consultant of Energy & Resource Consulting Group, LLC. He has forty years experience with public and privately owned utilities, with emphasis on development of long-range resource and capital expansion plans, electric transmission and distribution studies, merger and acquisition matters, asset appraisal studies, capital financing programs, litigation support, and regulatory proceedings.

Craig Johnson is currently the outside legal counsel for CAMU. Mr. Johnson is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented electric and telecommunications utilities in litigation and regulatory contexts, including insurance coverage and risk management, prosecution and defense of actions related to destruction of facilities, membership disputes in joint action agencies, and disputes over.

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Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities

Local Power, Local Control – Lessons from Around the World

John Farrell, Senior Researcher, Institute for Local Self Reliance

John Farrell speaking in Boulder, CO
Photo courtesy of dgrinbergs

Presentation Synopsis

The mission of the Institute of Local Self Reliance (ILSR) is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

Mr. John Farrell, senior researcher, focuses on aspects of community control of energy through the “New Rules Project” at ILSR which was started back in 1998. The New Rules Project brings fresh new policy solutions to communities and states to ensure that they are “designing rules as if community matters.” Mr. Farrell’s work has included studies on community solar power, energy self-reliance, the costs of nuclear power, and feed-in-tariffs. He is currently focusing on the job creation possibilities being driven by the feed-in-tariff policies in Ontario, Canada.

Speaker Bio

John Farrell is a senior researcher on the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where he examines the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His latest paper – “Maximizing Jobs From Clean Energy: Ontario’s ‘Buy Local’ Policy” – looks at the 43,000 jobs and 5,000 MW of clean energy scheduled under Ontario’s recent feed-in tariff program. He’s also the author of the second and expanded edition of Energy Self Reliant States, illustrating the potential for every state to meet their renewable energy goals with in-state renewable energy sources.

Presentation Video

10 min John Farrell Presentation Video here

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Institute for Local Self Reliance

New Rules Project:  Designing rules as if community matters

How Could a Boulder Municipal Utility Run Its Distribution System?

Dennis Eastman, President, ENCO Utility Services

Presentation Synopsis

A standard concern related to community municipalization is that the city won’t be able to effectively run the system. Never mind that hundreds of municipal utilities around the country ranging in size from Lyons, Colorado to Los Angeles, California keep the lights on day after day. One of the ways (but not the only way) that municipal utilities operate is to hire outside firms with expertise to run the distribution system. Dennis Eastman is the CEO of ENCO–a company that runs distribution systems for several electric entities. Before that he ran the distribution system for Southern California Edison which served over 11 million people. While there would be a number of options for how a Boulder municipal utility might run its distribution system, Mr. Eastman will describe how this is done presently in power-providing entities both large and small–both private and public.

Speaker Bio

Dennis has been the President/CEO of ENCO since it was formed ten years ago as a result of its acquisition of Edison Utility Services (EUS) an Edison International affiliate. At that time, Dennis was the President/COO of EUS. Dennis was instrumental in the formation of EUS because of its strategic importance. ENCO currently operates electric distribution systems for cities and other quasi-municipal entities in California, Arizona and Florida. Prior to joining EUS, Dennis was the Vice President of Electric Distribution for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this position, Dennis led the organization of over 2,000 personnel that provided the engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of the $5 billion of electric distribution assets used to serve over 11 million people spread across 50,000 square miles. Dennis held numerous engineering and management positions over his 32 year career at SCE. Dennis has provided testimony as an expert witness on electric distribution matters before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Dennis Eastman, President ENCO Utility Services, Power Point Presentation

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