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Overview and Update of Boulder Municipalization Effort

Wednesday, January 28th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MATH 100, CU Boulder, 80305

The CU Energy Club will be hosting Dr. Zane Selvans, Research and Policy Director at Clean Energy Action, and Mark Jaffe of the Denver Post for an information session and discussion of Boulder’s ongoing municipalization of electric services in the city. Learn what electric municipalization is, what has happened so far in Boulder, what is to come and how municipalization may affect you. The event will include presentations by both speakers followed by time for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served.

Sustainable Transportation Speakeasy

Zeroing out Boulder’s Transportation Emissions

An evening of conversation with Will Toor and others!

When: Monday, June 16th, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: 303 Vodka, 2500 47th St. Unit 10, Boulder, CO 80301 (map)
RSVP: on Eventbrite

Join us for a balmy mid-summer evening discussion of what it’s going to take for Boulder’s transportation system to meet the city’s Climate Commitment (an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050). Our speaker will be none other than Boulder’s own former Mayor and County Commissioner, Will Toor, who will present a new Boulder-specific look at climate neutral transportation from the Transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.

As with most climate action, getting transportation emissions under control will take a variety of aggressive strategies all working together, including creating a more livable, walkable and bikeable city, reducing overall vehicle miles traveled, and shifting away from fossil fuels in our motor vehicles.

In keeping with our Speakeasy format, Will’s presentation will be short and provocative — no more than half an hour — with plenty of time for questions, discussion and mingling before and afterward.  We will have folks representing a variety of different low-carbon land use and transportation options and organizations on hand including:

  • Zane Selvans, Will Toor and others from Better Boulder, a new civic organization advocating for sustainable, human-scale urbanism in Boulder.
  • Several members of the Community Cycles Advocacy Committee Boulder’s non-profit bike shop and advocacy organization.
  • Ryan Balciar from The Cruiser Boutique, purveyor of fine cargo bikes.
  • Nigel Zeid from Boulder Nissan, selling the all electric Nissan Leaf.
  • Karen Worminghaus, the Executive Director of eGo Carshare, Boulder’s non-profit carsharing organization.
  • Rene Goldberg from Pete’s Electric Bikes, downtown on Pearl.
  • Bonnie Lucara from Commute Matters, a new metro area commute optimization platform.
  • Adam Stenftenagel from Snugg Home, a local energy efficiency company looking at novel financing mechanisms combining electric vehicles, energy efficiency improvements, and rooftop solar into one combined product.
  • David Adamson from Eco Build, who is working to create a retrofit eco-district in North Boulder.

Featured image Creative Commons licensed by Mark Stosberg on Flickr

Support Sustainability on Earth Day

Boulder County Sustainability Funding Hearing

Tuesday, April 22nd, 4:00 pm
County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Hearing Room
1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

The Boulder County Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss the future of sustainability funding.  TABOR interferes, however this conversation may help us consider a county wide carbon tax that would fund energy efficiency and distributed generation. There are plenty of high-impact, low cost measures that could decrease our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and we think a carbon tax is the way to fund these programs.

Join us & show you care this Earth Day!

 

photo by NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center

Bright or Dark?

The City of Boulder Presents Karl Rabago

Thursday, March 13th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
West Senior Center: Creekside Room
909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Update! Watch the presentation online:

The Q&A Session:

Are you wondering why solar is in the news so much these days? Is the industry in trouble? And what might changes mean for Boulder’s plans to draw more of its power from the sun?

We’ll be exploring these questions – and many more – on March 13 at a free and public event featuring Karl Rábago, a national leader and innovator on solar energy. We’d love to see you there!

This conversation is both relevant and timely. As part of the Energy Future initiative, the Boulder community has said it wants to increase opportunities for local generation of cleaner electricity. While initial modeling put an emphasis on wind, solar will undoubtedly be an important part of our resource mix. Boulder also has lots at stake in terms of the solar industry. Solar leaders that help individuals and businesses gain access to solar technology are contributing to our strong economy, positioning our community to make the type of environmental progress others dream about.

But regulatory changes are looming – and some worry solar’s golden era may be coming to an end. Locally, Xcel Energy has proposed significant changes in net metering as part of its 2014 renewable energy standard compliance plan. These issues have been severed into different dockets, but the decisions will be important nonetheless.

Few people understand the concerns and opportunities better than Karl Rábago. With more than 20 years of experience in electricity policy and regulation, energy market development and energy technology development, his perspective is deep and broad. Rábago operates an energy consulting practice, Rábago Energy LLC, providing strategic, policy, regulatory and market development consulting in the clean and innovative energy sectors. He serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets, and also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Past Positions:

  • Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy Vice President of Distributed Energy
  • Services at Austin Energy Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind
  • Sustainability Leader with NatureWorks, LLC
  • Managing Director & Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

City of Boulder Solar Rebate and Grant Program for 2014

The City of Boulder’s 2014 Solar Rebate and Solar Grant Programs continues to incentive photovoltaic and solar thermal installations.

Solar Rebate

Homeowners and businesses may apply for a rebate for 15% of the city’s sales and use tax for materials and permits, if they apply within 12 months of the city’s inspection.

Solar Grants

Grants are available for solar installations for non-profit organizations, affordable housing non-profits, and the city’s affordable housing residences.

For information on eligibility, see The City of Boulder’s requirements.