For the past three months, Dutch graduate student Mara de Pater, has researched energy democracy in Boulder as part of Environmental Sciences and Anthropology studies. The research, aimed at understanding how the Boulder community gives meaning to the concept of energy democracy, focused on the community’s strong values and beliefs and how the city took on the challenge of exploring municipalization.
Mara will present findings from dozens of interviews, community meetings, and focus groups at the Main Branch Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Avenue, in the Boulder Creek Room) at 7:00 p.m. next Monday, April 23rd. Her presentation is open to the public, so join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening, and bring a friend!
Where: Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder CO 80302
Boulder Creek Room
When: Monday, April 23rd 2018 7:00-8:30 PM
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In an interview last month with John Farrell at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Colorado Senator Stephen Fenberg voiced his opinions on the importance of local power in terms of demanding energy from cleaner sources. He spoke about the long standing debate of switching to more clean energy sources in an economically feasible manner. He states that technology will allow cheap clean energy, but the barrier that is holding back this transfer from coal power to renewables is orchestrated politically and legally by the utilities.steve His argument is not inherently against investor-owned utilities, it is about the role our utilities play in maintaining and promoting the regulatory barriers that exist today and prevent us from pursuing renewable energy to its fullest extent. Fenberg enforces the idea that “utilities do have an immense amount of power and authority and financial resources behind them”, which makes it difficult for communities to hold a threat to utilities.
What’s really exciting now though, is that technologies are available and are cheap enough to move us to a clean energy future. At this point it’s about giving communities the opportunity and power to control their energy future. Senator Fenberg describes how “there shouldn’t be these regulatory barriers to keeping individuals, as well as communities, from being able to use these technologies and new opportunities to have more control over their energy future.”
It is now regulation, not technology, that stands between Boulder and its objectives. That is why municipalization is necessary for Boulder to meet its renewable energy goals. The process is not quick or simple, but because of the challenges Fenberg discusses, Boulder needs to take control of its energy future before the City can pursue the many exciting options and technologies that will take Boulder to its renewable energy future.
Check out the full interview here for more information about Senator Fenberg’s thoughts on local power.
Update on Boulder’s Energy Future
6 pm to 7:45 pm
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Boulder Main Public Library
Boulder Creek Room – Main Floor
Staff from the City of Boulder Will Provide Updates on:
Boulder’s Climate Commitments
Possible Creation of Trial Nanogrids
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CEA 2015 Community Energy Fair
10am to 4pm
Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Scott Carpenter Park
SW corner of 30th and Arapahoe
Boulder, CO (map)
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Fun & Games, Speakers, Exhibits,
Something for the Whole Family!
Join our community in celebrating clean energy and the Summer Solstice at CEA’s first Community Energy Fair!
For the Grownups:
- Nationally-Known speakers: Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions; Chuck Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Labs; Ken Regelson, EnergyShouldBe.org; and Leslie Glustrom, CleanEnergyAction.org.
- Exhibitors: highlighting local clean energy and energy efficiency oriented companies and organizations.
- Picnic Table Talks: Informal discussions with an array of different advocates and experts in energy policy and technology. Have a burning question? Get it answered!
- Alternative Vehicle Demonstrations: Take an electric car for a spin or try out a family cargo bike. We may even have a fuel-cell based vehicle from NREL.
- Silent Auction: fundraiser for CEA, with lots of great schwag donated by local businesses!
For the Kiddos:
- Ride the CEA energy bike, and see just how much work it takes to power a light bulb!
- A “Capture the Coal Plant” family field game.
- Carnival games and art activity booths.
- Connect with other youth working on climate change.
For more information or to volunteer at the Community Energy Fair, email our organizing team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to become a sponsor or exhibitor at the fair, please fill out this form online, and select your desired sponsorship level.
Note that all sponsors of CEA’s 2015 Community Energy Fair must be committed to maximizing energy conservation & efficiency, and achieving a renewable energy-dominated electricity system in Colorado no later than 2030.
A special thanks to our sponsors, Boulder Weekly and Boulderganic!
Get to know GRID Alternatives
Monday, May 18th, 2015
Boulder Main Library
Creek Meeting Room
1001 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
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Join CEA and Empower Our Future in getting to know GRID Alternatives, Colorado, a nonprofit organization that makes renewable energy technology and training accessible to under-served communities. GRID uses a model similar to that of Habitat for Humanity, training volunteers in how to install distributed solar PV systems. Along with these volunteers, GRID brings together community partners and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income communities, providing energy cost savings, and valuable hands-on experience, while expanding solar access throughout the state.
If you’ve ever thought you might want to learn how to do rooftop solar installations, or if you’re passionate about making sure that the developing renewable energy economy is accessible to everyone, come learn more about GRID Alternatives.
Learn more about them and their work over on their website.
Emily Birk, Outreach Manager
Kristina Sickles, Development Director