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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!

Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their… Assets

Last month, Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) filed a rate case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Docket: 14AL-0660E).  A lot of the case — the part that’s gotten most of the press — is about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act (CACJA) of 2010.  However, there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.  Way down deep in the last piece of direct testimony, PSCo witness Scott B. Brockett:

…provides support and recommendations regarding the initiation of a decoupling mechanism for residential and small commercial customers.

This recommendation has captivated all of us here at CEA because it could open the door to Xcel adopting a radically different business model, and becoming much more of an energy services utility (PDF), fit for the 21st century.

To explain why, we’re going to have to delve a ways into the weeds of the energy wonkosphere.

Continue reading Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their… Assets

Beers and Boulder/Colorado’s Energy Future: Policies, Barriers, and Options

Do you want to hear where two of the region’s top policy experts think Boulder, and Colorado’s energy future could be going? Join your fellow energy colleagues on Thursday, January 23rd, for an informative and fun evening at the Rocky Mountain AESP Energy Hour.

Both Will Toor, former Boulder mayor and Boulder County commissioner, and Tom Plant, former Colorado State Representative, and Director of the Governor’s Energy Office, have agreed to have a lively panel discussion to address some of the following critical issues:

  • What kinds of current policies at the state and local level help or hinder our progress towards cleaner generation and even transportation?
  • What is the flavor of the state legislature’s, and governor’s, taste for more renewables and higher DSM goals?
  • What options does the City of Boulder have that could lead to a cleaner future, with or without a muni?
  • What changes really make a difference with carbon, and which are just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?
  • And other topics from the attendees.
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Good local beer and appetizers will be featured by your host, E Source.
When: 5:30-7:30, Thursday, January 23rd. Panel discussion will start around 6:15.
Where: E Source high-efficiency offices, 1745 38th Street Boulder, Colorado 80301 (Map of E Source ) Just north of FATE Brewing.
Cost: For non-AESP members, a donation of $5 is requested.
Head Count: To help us know approximately how many people are coming, we’d appreciate that you put your name in this link (if you don’t, you can still come to the event…this will just help us plan): AESP-E Source event

GWSSS Denver: Utility Death Spiral

Zane Selvans, Research Director, Clean Energy Action

January 27th, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Harry’s @ Vine Street Pub
1700 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Join CEA at Vine Street Pub in Denver for drinks, discussion and some live music from 6:30 to 9pm, Monday January 27th.

We’ll reintroduce the Utility Death Spiral, and talk about why century-old centralized monopoly utilities are failing to meet the challenge of climate change.  We’ll also explore how utilities need to evolve if they’re going to successfully integrate efficiency, distributed generation, and demand side resources dispatched over a much smarter grid. Utilities are terrified of cheap distributed solar power, because it is poised to disrupt their century old monopoly business model.  Come find out why the old way of generating electricity isn’t going to serve us well in the 21st century, and what might lie ahead.

And then, we’ll just hang out and continue the discussion face to face, with some local live music to set the mood.

A rough program:

6:30 – 7:00pm — Set-up and Mingling.  Get a drink.

7:00 – 7:30pm — Short presentation by CEA’s Research Director, Zane Selvans.

7:30 – 8:00pm — Q&A and structured discussion

8:00 – 9:00pm — Free form socializing and discussion.  (And maybe another drink…)

If you want to get the most out of the evening, we highly recommend Utilities for Dummies, a blog post series by our friend Dave Roberts at Grist.

Please register through Eventbrite here. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and we need an accurate count of the number of people attending.Hope to see you there!