Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

Get Tickets: Tony Seba at CU!

Get Tickets Now! Thursday June 8th:
Please join Clean Energy Action and the CU Environmental Center in welcoming 

Author, entrepreneur, Stanford educator,  international thought leader on disruptive change in energy systems, and recipient of the Clean Energy Action 2017 Sunshine Award:

“The clean disruption will flip the architecture of energy and bring abundant, cheap and participatory energy. Just like those previous technology disruptions, the clean disruption is inevitable and it will be swift.”
The evening will be in two parts, with Mr. Seba’s presentation preceded by a soiree.
6/8/17 5:30-7:30:   Soiree at the CU Natural History Museum,
                                            located in the Henderson Building
6/8/17 8:00-9:30:   Keynote Address by Mr. Seba  in the Glenn
                                            Miller Ballroom, located in the UMC
Eventbrite - Clean Energy Action 10th Anniversary Celebration and Award Ceremony
Please email us with any questions or to obtain more information  For location specifics, see the University of Colorado Campus Map
We look for to seeing you then!

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.

The 2016 Community Energy Fair Was a Huge Success

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in Clean Energy Action’s second annual Community Energy Fair! This year’s Fair was a huge success, drawing hundreds of people and raising thousands of dollars to support clean energy.

CEA Energy Fair

Participants enjoyed a prestigious speaker lineup, cookies baked in a solar oven, electric vehicles on display, opportunities to take action for a wide range of causes, and more.

** 2016 SPEAKER LINEUP **

8:30 AM Christina Gosnell- “Climate Ransom”
Clean energy advocate, coal cost and supply research analyst

9:00 AM Martin Ogle- “Fire and Photosynthesis; Our Energy Future” 

Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth LLC;  Chief Naturalist, No. VA Regional Park Authority, 1985-2012;  long-time energy educator

9:30 AM Russell Mendell- “Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking – CO Ballot Initiatives 75 and 78”

Clean energy advocate and activist working with Coloradans Against Fracking, Earth Guardians and other organizations

10:00 AM Dr. James White- “Climate Change: What’s happening now, and what’s to come”

Professor of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, Director of Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder
11:00 AM Heather Bailey- “Boulder’s Energy Future”
Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development for the city of Boulder

11:30 AM Hunter Lovins- “Triumph of the Sun Revisited: It’s Over, Renewables Win” 

President and Founder of CO non-profit Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), author and sustainable development champion, consultant with governments, communities, companies worldwide. Time Magazine, Millennium Hero for the Planet.

12:30 PM Ken Regelson-“100% Renewables-Let’s Go!”

Founder of EnergyShouldBe.org, COSEIA Sunny award recipient, energy policy analyst, electrical engineer

1:30 Dr. Kevin Trenberth- “Our planet is running a fever: global warming is happening”

Distinguished Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), prominent in all aspects of climate variability and climate change research including focuses on changes in global energy and water cycles

2:30 Luke Straka- “Climate, Health, and the Latino Community”

Research and Development Coordinator for Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO)

 

Tell the PUC to Uphold Boulder’s Right to Municipalize

Act Now: Tell the PUC to Uphold Boulder’s Right to Municipalize

On November 4, 2015 the Colorado PUC is scheduled to hear Xcel’s Motion to Dismiss Boulder’s application for separation from the Xcel system. We hope you will express your support for the City of Boulder with a short message to the PUC and if you can, by attending the actual proceedings (business attire is best.)

Boulder has a clear Constitutional right to form a municipal utility, but of course Xcel would like to stifle that right in its effort to maintain its monopoly status and to continue to provide electricity that is dominated by coal and natural gas.

If you believe Boulder’s Constitutional right to municipalize should be respected (and/or think we can do better than 30% renewable energy!), then please send a quick note to the Colorado PUC.

Defend Freedom to Access Local Clean Energy

The Honorable Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Dear Ms. Bose,

We, the undersigned, urge the Commission to find that Tri-State’s proposed lost revenue penalty proposal contained in Tri-State’s revised Board Policy 101 is inconsistent with the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”) and the Commission’s implementing regulations.

Rate penalties placed on purchases of power from local qualifying facilities appear to run counter to the spirit and the letter of PURPA. PURPA Section 210 states an intention to “encourage cogeneration and small power production” through rate setting that is “just and reasonable to the electric consumers of the electric utility and in the public interest.”

As we consider the public interest in mitigating climate change and in promoting local economic development, we ask that the Commission deny approval of Tri-State's lost revenue penalty. Tri-State's proposal penalizes utilities like Delta-Montrose for buying local renewable energy that the Commission has said Delta Montrose is obligated to purchase. Approving the rate penalty would essentially undo the Commission's previous decision and hinder, rather than promote, local renewable energy development.

For these reasons, we urge you to reject Tri-State's proposed lost revenue penalty.

Sincerely,

[your signature]

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Additional Actions

Attend the PUC Hearing at 11 am, November 4th at 1560 Broadway, Suite 250 Denver, CO 80202 or watch the webcast.

Read an informative op-ed on the legal background of the proceeding by retired attorney Phil Wardell.

Review Boulder’s municipalization PUC docket.

How much renewable energy could we use and keep costs competitive in Colorado?

October 19th: Renewable Energy By the Numbers
5:30 pm Light Refreshments
6:00 pm Event Begins
Boulder Main Public Library
Boulder Creek Room – Main Floor

Join Clean Energy Action, Empower Our Future, and others to find out how much renewable energy we could use and keep costs competitive in Colorado. Tom Asprey, from the Empower Our Future citizen group, has built a detailed spreadsheet model to ask and answer that question over a very broad range of assumptions. Come hear what he learned and get answers to your questions about what our energy future could look like.

The result of Tom’s model are very encouraging and support your intuition that if we invest in clean energy now we can save significant amounts of money going forward–and greatly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and start to live within our “fair share” carbon budget at the same time.

A op-ed describing the model results can be found here.


The goal of the meeting is to give an initial introduction to the model and preliminary conclusions found using it.  The public will receive an initial understanding of how the model is structured, how it works and what it shows.  They will be invited to collaborate, to ask questions, to provide feedback and to make suggestions on improving the model in ways that address their concerns.  This is intended as a first session.  Future public sessions will follow and requests for individual sessions can be made by appointment on the EmpowerOurFuture website.

Tom Asprey – Retired Electrical Engineer (BSEE) is a member of IEEE, AAAS and ACS.  Worked on modeling and design of computer chips and systems at HP and Intel for 27 years before retiring.  Tom served on various City working groups that supported and evaluated the municipal electric utility proposal.  This is Tom’s fourth model of a proposed Boulder municipal electric utility.