Category Archives: 2013

CEA Hosts Speaker Series Event on December 16th at 303 Vodka

coalandwindmillOn Monday December 16th, 2013, Clean Energy Action and 303 Vodka will be hosting “Drinks, Music, and the Utility Death Spiral: A Global Warming Solutions Speakeasy,” from 6:30 – 9 pm at 303 Vodka, 2500 47th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.

CEA’s new research director Zane Selvans will introduce the Utility Death Spiral, and talk about why century-old centralized monopoly utilities are failing to meet the challenge of climate change. We’ll also explore how utilities need to evolve if they’re going to successfully integrate efficiency, distributed generation, and demand side resources dispatched over a much smarter grid.

And then, we’ll just hang out and continue the discussion face to face, with some local live music to set the mood.  Drinks will be available for purchase.

A rough program:

  • 6:30 – 7:00pm — Set-up and Mingling.  Get a drink.
  • 7:00 – 7:30pm — Short presentation by CEA’s Research Director, Zane Selvans.
  • 7:30 – 8:00pm — Q&A and structured discussion
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm — Freeform socializing and discussion.  (And maybe another drink…)

If you want to get the most out of the evening, we highly recommend Utilities for Dummies, a blog post series by our friend Dave Roberts at Grist.

You can contact us at for any questions, comments, concerns, or for more information.

Please register through Eventbrite. The event is free and open to the public, but there is a limited amount of space and we need an accurate count of the number of people attending.

Hope to see you there!

Rooftop Solar and the Utility Pushback

Annie Lappé, Vote Solar, Solar Policy Director


Power companies have watched warily as solar panels have sprouted across the nation’s rooftops. Now they are fighting hard to slow the spread, in hopes to avoid the utility death spiral. Please join Clean Energy Action for an exciting presentation by Annie Lappé, Solar Policy Director of Vote Solar, on how local utilities can more easily and effectively incorporate distributed generation, moving away from fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy future.

Background Infoannielappe

Annie leads distributed generation solar campaigns throughout the U.S. and manages Vote Solar’s work on solar permitting. She rejoined Vote Solar after managing government affairs in the Interior West for SunEdison. Mrs. Lappé began her career working on federal renewable energy and energy efficiency policies in Washington D.C. She holds a MA in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Boulder, CO.

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Rooftop Solar and the Utility Pushback

Oikos, Gaia, and Earth System Science: Our Planet’s Blueprints for Human Energy Systems

Martin Ogle, Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC


Simple and sophisticated lessons and insights for the future of human energy systems bubble up scientifically and metaphorically from our planet. Join Clean Energy Action for a presentation by biologist and educator, Martin Ogle, sure to make you think and renew your energy for renewable energy! Martin will illuminate the parallels between geophysiology and human metabolism, explore ways that human development can mimic symbiotic evolution and tease out a new brand of entrepreneurship from ancient and modern understandings of the human mind.

Background Info

Martin Ogle

Martin Ogle graduated from Colorado State University in 1982 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He spent a 27 year career as Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority during which time he oversaw the installation of solar energy and energy efficiency measures and initiated energy education programs in the early 1990s.

Martin is an advocate of Earth Science (especially through Gaia Theory – the scientific idea of Earth as a living system) for advancing sustainability. He gave lectures and courses at schools, universities, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S.D.A. Graduate School, libraries, and many other organizations in 7 states, 3 countries and Puerto Rico.

Martin served on a variety of boards and task forces in Arlington, Virginia related to energy, sustainability and environment. In 2012, he was presented the Arlington Green Patriot Award for his outstanding work in sustainability by George Mason University, the Arlington Department of Environmental Services, Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

After retiring from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority last year, Martin moved to Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Lisa, and his twins, Cyrus and Linnea and started his own business, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC.

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Gaia, Oikos and Earth System Sci, August 2013

Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Upgrades

Jeremy Epstein, Energy Efficiency and Finance Specialist, Boulder County


Please join us to hear Jeremy Epstein, Energy Efficiency and Finance Specialist for the EnergySmart Program, discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy home upgrades. Some of the topics that Jeremy will be covering include financial lending failures and successes, the anatomy of public/private parternships in comparison to the EnergySmart Program, and EnergySmart program successes and uptake, today and in the future. Afterwards, there will be a question and answer session for all energy financing questions.

Background Info

Hailing from Massachusetts, Jeremy Epstein did his undergrad at the University of Colorado and attained a master’s in environmental policy at the Evergreen State College in Washington State.  He moved back to Boulder in summer of 2010 to work under the Better Buildings block grant awarded to Boulder County, which would eventually become the EnergySmart brand.  Within EnergySmart, Jeremy created and managed a county-run microloans program prior to taking on the task of project managing the development and ongoing support of the Elevations Energy Loan program, which makes $35 million dollars in lending capital available to homes and businesses across Boulder and Denver Counties.

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Financing Your Energy Efficiency