Category Archives: 2014

COSEIA 2015 Solar Power Colorado Conference

The Next 25 Years: Celebrating COSEIA’s first quarter century and looking ahead to the future of solar energy.

Monday, February 23rd, 12:30 pm -7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 24th, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday, February 25th, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Omni Resort and Conference Center
500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO

COSEIA2015LogoCOSEIA’s annual gathering is the year’s largest business-to-business opportunity for networking with solar industry executives, identifying new market opportunities, gaining insight into the latest thinking on policy and technology, and learning about exciting new solar products at the Expo Hall.

They’re finalizing a program filled with industry insiders with valuable business insights to share. This is your best chance all year to network in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains with hundreds of solar professionals from around the nation.

This year, they are honoring COSEIA’s 25-year history – and focusing on the future. A panel of CEOs and executives will explore what it will take to enhance Colorado’s solar leadership in changing times. The conference will focus another plenary session on utilities of the future and how solar can scale up to become a major source of energy. Breakout sessions will explore climate change policy and new models of financing solar. National experts will share insights on solar thermal technologies and business models along with batteries and storage and integrating more renewables into the grid.

Overview and Update of Boulder Municipalization Effort

Wednesday, January 28th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MATH 100, CU Boulder, 80305

The CU Energy Club will be hosting Dr. Zane Selvans, Research and Policy Director at Clean Energy Action, and Mark Jaffe of the Denver Post for an information session and discussion of Boulder’s ongoing municipalization of electric services in the city. Learn what electric municipalization is, what has happened so far in Boulder, what is to come and how municipalization may affect you. The event will include presentations by both speakers followed by time for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served.

Colorado Gives Day

Update: We wanted to say thanks to everyone who donated to Clean Energy Action on Colorado Gives Day. We truly appreciate all of your support.

We will continue to be your voice and stand up for a stable climate. We know that we have a long way to go to get our energy system on track. There is a lot of work to do and we are doing our best to keep the conversation in Colorado focused on what would will take to rapidly shift to a clean, renewable energy society. To find out more about what we’ve been up to, see the two recent Clean Energy Action articles below.

Give Where You Live For Colorado Gives Day!

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Thanks to everyone who contributed last year! Clean Energy Action was the recipient of a $5,000 1st Bank bonus due to your generosity. We are eligible again if we exceed last year’s commitments. Please be as generous as you can and we may receive an even larger bonus.

A recurring contribution set to begin on December 9th will help keep CEA healthy all year long and count toward a possible bonus. All transaction costs are covered by 1st Bank and other sponsors so that every dollar goes to our work.

Set up your recurring donation today!
Why contribute to Clean Energy Action?

We are still one of the only voices in Colorado advocating for shutting down our fossil fueled infrastructure once and for all. CEA tears down the pillars that support climate instability and builds up the pillars that support climate stability. We understand that there are both environmental and economic risks to continued fossil dependence. While many have championed the conversion of coal fired plants to gas as a result of 2010 Clean Air Clean Jobs Act (CACJA), Clean Energy Action understands that statewide we have actually committed to increasing our overall emissions in Colorado when Xcel’s investments in new coal are included.  These policies have allowed Xcel to add $1B in fossil (both gas and coal retrofits) infrastructure to its generation mix.

Our work this year to date:

Our small staff accomplishes incredible tasks thanks to your support, and our team of interns and volunteers multiply our efforts. Here is an overview of our work from 2014:

  • Our featured posts are now syndicated nationwide on The Energy Collective, including promotion to their over 45,000 followers on Twitter.
  • Our work on Xcel’s ongoing rate case (14AL-0660E) at the Colorado Public Utility Commission has revealed a trove of information:
    • We understand just how cheap Xcel’s fossil plants are compared to the fuel that they commit us to burning.
    • Xcel’s Colorado ratepayers spent ~$550M on fuel in 2013.  About $370M of that was for coal — and as we’ve long pointed out… those coal costs are not decreasing!
    • The value of Xcel’s fossil power plants is $4B today ($2.9B of which is coal) and will increase to $5B as a result of CACJA cost recovery.
    • This means we spend more on fuel every 10 years than all the fossil plants are worth today.  And for coal it’s more like every 8 years.
  • Through our Citizen Power program, CEA has communicated the truth of the fossil fuel cost pass through (aka the Electricity Commodity Adjustment or ECA) to hundreds of citizens and dozens of legislators.
    • Legislation to change this may be introduced, but the fossil lobby will fight hard for the status quo.
    • We created videos to make the wonky Electric Commodity Adjustment digestible.
  • Clean Energy Action has developed energy literacy in hundreds of students in Boulder County with our energy bike and related energy education program.
With your support, our work in 2015:
  • CEA will develop software to comb through FERC, EPA, EIA and other databases to facilitate local communities understanding the costs of fuel and plants in their own neighborhoods.
    • This data will lead others to close dirty fossil plants instead of paying for dirty fossil fuels.
    • Quickly shutting down fossil plants in every state faster than the Clean Power Plan could hope to achieve.
  • Clean Energy Action has been selected as energy educators for many political representatives in CO.
    • The economics of boom and bust fossil jobs will be easily contrasted with the lasting benefit of jobs repowering the grid.
    • We will drive understanding of the myriad risks of continued fossil dependence.
  • Xcel Colorado may submit a new decoupling proposal and CEA will be prepared to intervene to make certain it’s the best deal for a stable climate.
  • Xcel Colorado will submit their quadrennial Electric Resource Plan (ERP) in fall 2015.
    • Clean Energy Action will expose the folly of discounting future fossil fuel costs.
    • This will rapidly change the generation mix away from fossils toward fuel free renewables.
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Sample of CEA Work

Sample 2014 Featured Articles
Xcel Rate Case – Decoupling
Face the Risk – Explaining the Electric Commodity Adjustment

What is the Electric Commodity Adjustment and How Does it Relate to Your Electric Bill and Renewable Energy?

KXL Action: Who will Bennet side with – the Kochs or Coloradans?

Tell Bennet
“If You’re Not a Climate Denier, Don’t Vote Like One”

Monday, November 17th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bennet’s Denver Office
2300 15th St, Denver, 80202

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Political players in the US Senate are forcing a vote on Tuesday to usurp Obama’s authority and force approval the KXL tar sands oil pipeline. The vote count is extremely close and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet’s vote is critical.

Despite understanding the severity of the climate crisis, reports say Bennet is planning to vote for the pipeline! He has a very serious choice to make: Will he be a climate hero or a climate criminal? Voting for the pipeline is nothing short of lighting the fuse on a carbon bomb that will explode in our children’s faces. Please join us on Monday at noon at his office to tell him to be on the rights side of history – Reject the KXL Pipeline!

Last spring Bennett stated he supports the pipeline. Only climate deniers have any business supporting a pipeline that scientist James Hansen said could result in “game over” for a safe climate. Too much is at stake and in Bennet’s hands with this vote for him to fail us. 70% of Coloradans polled are very concerned about climate change – let’s make sure he knows where Coloradans stand.

How to Generate A Renewable Energy Revolution

A FearLess Community Conversation

Monday, November 10
Networking Reception @ 5:30pm
FearLess Community Conversation @ 6:30pm
Impact HUB Boulder
1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder
Register Here

Join our allies for a community conversation with renewable energy and public utility expert S. David Freeman, experienced in running large utilities and directing federal, regional and local energy policies for more than four decades.

They will explore the implications of transitioning our energy intensive civilization to a 100% renewable energy foundation away from fossil fuels. If you’ve wondered if this path is feasible, doable and/or possible, this is your opportunity to inquire.

Presented in partnership with Fearless Revolution, Impact HUB Boulder, and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado this community forum will be facilitated by Seleyn DeYarus, Executive Director, FearLess Revolution.

More About S. David Freeman

DavidFreemanS. David Freeman was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he stopped the construction of eight large nuclear power plants and pioneered a massive energy conservation program. When he was the general manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District he closed down Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant and transformed a utility that was reeling from decades of rate hikes into a model of efficiency, service and innovation. At Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he started refilling Mono Lake, eliminated coal generated electricity from its resource mix, replacing it with renewable energy and increased energy efficiency.

The author of Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider, David is a strident spokesperson about the need for utilities to eliminate fossil-fuel-generated electricity with renewables and efficiency. “If we don’t get off fossil fuels the cost of energy will rise and our businesses will get out-competed in the global economy,” he said.