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Clean Energy Action: Appreciative Recipient of Two Community Awards

Clean Energy Action is honored to have been recently chosen as the recipient of two amazing community awards.  CEA’s Research Director, Leslie Glustom, was chosen for the “Peace Keeper of the Year” Award by the Rocky Mountatin Peace and Justice Center and CEA, as an organization, was selected for the “Stewards of Our Future” Award by the Earth Guardians.

Clean Energy Action is incredibly appreciative for the recognition and is excited to continue our work at the regional, state and national level in 2012 and beyond.  Clean Energy Action credits a large part of our success to our  partnerships and collaborations with other organizations and individuals and knows that the progress we are able to make is due to dedicated efforts from the entire community.

In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Tues, Nov 29th, Clean Energy Action presents: Carl Koval from CU’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute

Clean Energy Action is pleased to announce our November “Global Warming Solutions Speaker Event,” “Transforming Energy, Educating Leaders,” featuring Associate Director, Carl Koval, of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).

When: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011; 6:30 Refreshments; 7:00 – 8:45 Presentation

Where: First Presbyterian Church; 1820 15th St., Boulder, CO 80302

The Presentation:

RASEI, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, is a joint institute of the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), that offers a comprehensive approach to research addressing the scale and complexity of today’s energy challenges. Serving as a hub, RASEI creates the center of an integrated energy campus by combining the education and scholarship of CU-Boulder with NREL’s mission and capabilities, in partnership with other federal research labs and industry.

RASEI was developed in response to our global energy challenge. “Energy industries of the 21st century need an entirely new infrastructure that produces more energy at a lower cost, uses energy far more efficiently, improves the security of supply by relying more on domestic and stable sources, and produces far fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the dynamics of the new energy market place and the factors governing a sustainable energy system are crucial for emerging energy industries to succeed. These systems must meet multiple requirements such as scaling to a terawatt, using readily available resources for manufacturing, and having a sustainable lifecycle.”

Join Clean Energy Action and learn more about the program and mission of RASEI and the work and research that are being done to help bring renewable energy solutions to campuses and communities.

For more information on RASEI, click here.

Speaker Bio:

Carl Koval has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM) at CU-Boulder since 1980. Most of Koval’s research throughout his scientific career has been related to renewable or sustainable energy. His research has resulted in more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and 10 patents, and has been supported by 47 separate research contracts and grants. He has collaborated closely with faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and with scientists at NREL.

In 2006 through a campus-wide search process, Dr. Koval was chosen to be the first faculty director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative (EI) at CU-Boulder. In June 2009 he accomplished the key objective of the EI when the CU Regents approved the creation of the RASEI. Dr. Koval served as co-director of RASEI until 2010. He is currently RASEI Associate Director CU-Programs.

Tuesday, October 18th, Boulder’s Energy Future with Special Guest, Hunter Lovins

On Tuesday, Oct 18th from 5:00-7:00 pm a special presentation with Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism, will take place on the CU Campus.  Lovins will discuss the larger topic of sustainability and whether a municipal electrical utility will enable Boulder to achieve greater equity, ecological health, and economic prosperity, or whether these goals are better met through continued partnership with Xcel.  A debate between supporters and opponents of municipalization will immediately follow.

For Xcel:
Bob Bellemere: Involved in most of the municipalization cases in the past 10 years and a registered engineer with over 25 years in the utility industry
Yazan Fattaleh: CU Student

For Boulder Light and Power: 
Jim Hartmann: Local businessman, architect and energy investor who has lived in Boulder since 1980   Adam Estroff: CU Student

When:  OCT. 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where:  Hale 270, CU Campus

Pints for Pawnee!

Join Clean Energy Action on Wednesday, October 19th from 7pm – 9pm for “Pints for Pawnee!” at the Walnut Brewery (1123 Walnut St, Boulder).

Enjoy a beer with fellow community members, learn more about the proposed pollution controls  for the out-dated Pawnee and Hayden coal plants, and write letters to Xcel Energy requesting that they consider renewable energy options instead of investments that extend the lives of coal plants.

Xcel’s proposed pollution controls for the Pawnee coal plant (in Brush, northeast of Denver)  and the Hayden coal plant (west of Steamboat Springs) would cost about $380 million and would extend the lives of the coal plants until 2025 and beyond.  None of the pollution controls will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas.

If Xcel proceeds with the pollution controls on Pawnee and Hayden, then it becomes more difficult to advocate for the retirement of these coal plants and there will not be a way to get significant CO2 reductions from Xcel’s Colorado system for many years.

We hope to see you for a night of socializing and activism on Wednesday, Oct 19th!

League of Women Voters Municipalization Debate

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Boulder Public Main Library, Canyon Theater, the League of Women Voters will host a municipalization debate.

This forum will have well-informed speakers on both sides and an opportunity for audience questions. Don’t miss the chance to get some clarity on the municipal utility issue before the November 1st election!

Speakers in FAVOR of authorizing the formation of a municipal utility:
KEN REGELSON, Citizens forBoulder’sClean Energy Future (CBCEF)
Mr. Regelson is a sustainable energy systems analyst. As the owner of Five Star Consultants, he helps
develop, analyze, and implement policies and programs needed to create a more sustainable energy
SAM WEAVER, Citzens for Boulder’s Clean Energy Future (CBCEF)
Mr.Weaver is one of the leads of the technical modeling group for CBCEF. Mr.Weaver sits on the Colorado
Clean Energy Development Authority and the Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association board.
He is president of Cool Energy, Inc., a Boulder-based solar energy technology development company.

Speakers OPPOSED to authorizing the formation of a municipal utility:
DAVID MILLER, Chairman of Boulder Smart Energy Coalition (BSEC)
Mr. Miller and his coalition are concerned about the risks and cost of municipalization. Mr. Miller is
a lawyer, long-time city resident, and a partner in the renewable energy consulting firmNew Energy
BOB BELLEMARE, Chief Operating Officer, UtiliPoint International, Inc. With 25 years of experience in the utility business Mr. Bellemare advises clients on a wide range of issues including asset valuation, financial modeling, and utility engineering issues. His experience includes the real-time operation of a 14,000-megawatt generation fleet aswell as helping to develop
some of the largest solar and wind research projects of their time.

For more information: (303) 499-4544,