Category Archives: 2014

Boulder Town Hall with Rep. Hullinghorst, Sen. Heath and Rep. Becker

Make Clean Energy a Legislative Priority for 2014

January 25th, 2014, 10:00 am – 12:00
Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Dickey LeeCome to the Legislator’s Town Hall put clean energy issues on their radar for this legislative session.  Get a chance to speak with House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath, and Representative KC Becker.

Majority Leader Dickey Lee wants to focus on “enhancing the economic security of all Coloradans, strengthening our education system to prepare our students and make college more affordable and we need to help our neighbors here in Boulder and across the state recover from the floods and wildfires we suffered in 2013.”

Come make the case for why they should focus on restructuring the electric utilities’  current business models that create disincentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy, which is directly related to economic security.

Stopping Run-Away Climate Change

A Fossil Free Denver Event

January 25th, 2014, 9:30 am – 12
Whittier Nieghborhood Center
2900 Downing Street, Denver, CO 80205


This is what you will do: FossilFreeDenver

1.  Save the world from run-away climate change. (Well that may sound too big, but what else should we go for?)

2. Learn tools to do that.

3. Get started on a specific project. (And do it within two hours.)

You will hear a message that needs repeating:

— The positive future starts now, it’s already started! and we can live well there.

— We must act faster to end our carbon emissions than is commonly expected.

You then will learn how we are working to “save the world from run-away climate change” and then, if you choose, join in and get organized to do it.

Beers and Boulder/Colorado’s Energy Future: Policies, Barriers, and Options

Do you want to hear where two of the region’s top policy experts think Boulder, and Colorado’s energy future could be going? Join your fellow energy colleagues on Thursday, January 23rd, for an informative and fun evening at the Rocky Mountain AESP Energy Hour.

Both Will Toor, former Boulder mayor and Boulder County commissioner, and Tom Plant, former Colorado State Representative, and Director of the Governor’s Energy Office, have agreed to have a lively panel discussion to address some of the following critical issues:

  • What kinds of current policies at the state and local level help or hinder our progress towards cleaner generation and even transportation?
  • What is the flavor of the state legislature’s, and governor’s, taste for more renewables and higher DSM goals?
  • What options does the City of Boulder have that could lead to a cleaner future, with or without a muni?
  • What changes really make a difference with carbon, and which are just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?
  • And other topics from the attendees.
Good local beer and appetizers will be featured by your host, E Source.
When: 5:30-7:30, Thursday, January 23rd. Panel discussion will start around 6:15.
Where: E Source high-efficiency offices, 1745 38th Street Boulder, Colorado 80301 (Map of E Source ) Just north of FATE Brewing.
Cost: For non-AESP members, a donation of $5 is requested.
Head Count: To help us know approximately how many people are coming, we’d appreciate that you put your name in this link (if you don’t, you can still come to the event…this will just help us plan): AESP-E Source event

GWSSS Denver: Utility Death Spiral

Zane Selvans, Research Director, Clean Energy Action

January 27th, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Harry’s @ Vine Street Pub
1700 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206


Join CEA at Vine Street Pub in Denver for drinks, discussion and some live music from 6:30 to 9pm, Monday January 27th.

We’ll reintroduce 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. Utilities are terrified of cheap distributed solar power, because it is poised to disrupt their century old monopoly business model.  Come find out why the old way of generating electricity isn’t going to serve us well in the 21st century, and what might lie ahead.

And then, we’ll just hang out and continue the discussion face to face, with some local live music to set the mood.

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 — Free form 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.

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