Category Archives: 2016

9th Annual Schultz Lecture

9th Annual Schultz Lecture: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Electric Power Sector

Paul Joskow, MIT professor of economics

Thursday, September 22nd
5:30 pm
University of Colorado School of Law
Wold Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

 

This event is free and open to the public. You must be registered to attend. More information and registration available here.

 

Electricity generation accounts for about 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. While emissions have declined by about 20% in the last ten years, much of this reduction is due to the fortuitous availability of cheap natural gas which
has provided incentives to substitute less CO2 intensive natural gas for coal as a generation fuel. The sector faces many challenges to meet long run 2050 goals of reducing emissions by as much as 80% from 2005 levels. These challenges include the diversity of federal, state and municipal regulation, the diverse and balkanized structure of the industry from state to state and region to region, the failure to enact policies to place a price on all carbon emissions,
the extensive reliance on subsidies and command and control regulation to promote renewables and energy efficiencies, uncertainties about aggressive assumptions about improvements in energy efficiency beyond long-term trends, pre-mature closure of carbon free nuclear generating technologies, integrating renewables efficiently into large regional grids, methane leaks, and transmission constraints. The lecture will discuss these challenges and suggest policies to reduce the costs and smooth the transition to a low carbon electricity sector.

Paul L. Joskow became President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on January 1, 2008. He is also the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Emeritus at MIT. He received a BA from Cornell University in 1968 and a PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1972. See full biography here.

Natural Gas– What are the Cost and Supply Prospects Moving Forward? A Community Discussion

Missed this event?  View PPT slides here and a video of the talk here.

 

Natural Gas– What are the Cost and Supply Prospects Moving Forward?

A Community Discussion

 

Monday, August 29th
6 pm
Boulder Public Library
Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder 

 

Clean Energy Action has pioneered detailed analysis of US coal cost and supply issues. Now we are working to get a deeper understanding  of natural gas supply issues.

CEA Intern and PhD Physics Candidate Molly May will present a detailed look at natural gas cost and supply issues and invite comment and suggestions for future research.

If you want a good foundation on natural gas supply issues, this will be a great way to get it.

If you are already and expert on natural gas cost and supply issues, please come help us learn what you know!

Monday July 25: 100% Renewables? Let’s Go! With Ken Regelson

Please join the members of Clean Energy Action and Empower Our Future

 

100% Renewables? Let’s Go!

Ken Regelson

 

Monday, July 25th
6 pm
Boulder Public Library
Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder 

 

Light Refreshments at 5:45

 

Ken Regelson is an excellent and entertaining speaker as well as a clean energy advocate and the founder of EnergyShouldBe.org.  Ken makes short videos encouraging action toward a 100% renewably powered world by 2035 – videos with more than 90,000 YouTube views.

Ken’s many awards include the Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association’s highest and heaviest award – The Sunny Award

Mon. 6/27: A Community Discussion About Our Energy Future with Alice Jackson, Xcel VP for Rates and Regulatory Affairs

Please join Clean Energy Action and Empower Our Future for:

A Community Discussion About Our Energy Future with

Alice Jackson, Xcel VP for Rates and Regulatory Affairs

Monday, June 27th
7 pm
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th St, Boulder 
(Corner of Canyon and 15th)
This will be an excellent opportunity to hear Xcel’s top PUC witness discuss all that is going on at Xcel and to share with her the concerns of the Boulder community about climate change, decarbonizing our electricity, supporting competition in the solar industry and our vision for a livable future.

6 pm 5/23: Threats to Colorado’s Competitive Solar Industry

Threats to Colorado’s Competitive Solar Industry

6 pm Event Begins
5:30 pm Light Refreshments
Boulder Main Public Library

Boulder Creek Room

Colorado’s competitive solar industry, like that in many other states, is under attack as a result of various decisions and  policies that have been implemented and are currently being considered in a variety of Public Utilities Commission dockets.

Competitive industries drive quality up and prices down.
If we lose Colorado’s competitive solar industry,
we will regret it for a long time!

The panelists will help us understand what is currently happening that threatens Colorado’s competitive solar industry.

Vince Calvano, Clean Energy Attorney,
Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association

Cynthia Christensen, Director of Commercial Sales, Namaste Solar
Nick Perugini, Director of Business Development,
Bella Energy

Todd Stewart, VP Business Development,
Solar Power Financial

Dr. Timothy Schoechle
Standards Consultant and Director Solar Plus Storage Demonstration Project