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Public Banking: Supporting community Resiliency & Renewable Energy

An Evening with Gwen Hallsmith
Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute

January 29th
6:30 – 7 pm – Refreshments
7 – 8:45 pm – Discussion
Impact Hub, Boulder
1877 Broadway St.
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Gwen Hallsmith
Gwen Hallsmith, the Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute will present on how public banking could play a role in financing a municipal electric utility and how Boulder can use public banking to enhance community wealth, resiliency, entrepreneurial participation and economic vitality. She will discuss the main advantage of public banking: lower-cost financing which enables states, counties and cities to better fund small business, infrastructure and projects such as affordable housing, libraries, farm-to-table agriculture, renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transportation. Each of these projects creates good local jobs. In these ways, public banks enable cities, counties, and states to better finance public priorities without relying on Wall Street or paying the high interest rates that pad big bank profits.

This presentation is part of Clean Energy Action’s Global Warming Solutions Speaker Series. Audience participation will be invited during discussion and Q&A. No RSVP required.

More About Gwen

Gwen most recently made national headlines with her work in Vermont to ask Town Meetings to consider public banking. On March 4th, 18 cities and towns in Vermont voted to endorse a resolution directing the state legislators to create a State Bank for Vermont. Thanks to the media expertise of William Boardman and Matt Stannard, the national media has picked up on the story, and there have been now over 20 radio interviews, print stories, and starting this week we’ll be on syndicated television with the story as well… Gwen has an interview with GritTV on Tuesday, and we understand that even bigger shows are working on the story – stay tuned.

Gwen is the author of several books on sustainable communities and economic reform, including her most recent book with Bernard Lietaer called Creating Wealth: Growing Local Communities with Local Currencies. She has been an advocate for economic reform for over 25 years, and implemented new currency projects on the local level in her recent position as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier. Her work spans the globe – she has worked in all the major world regions at this point, and with cities, towns, regions, provinces, and states in the United States and Canada.

Her vision for the Public Banking Institute expands our horizons to include many other aspects of a public monetary system, everything from strengthening the possibilities for local investment that the new SEC regulations allow to fostering and supporting complementary currencies for local and regional means of exchange. Her deep commitment to local action matches our vision for the Institute as a source of technical assistance, training, and research for all the state, regional, and local initiatives underway to set up public banks and other currency and investment initiatives.

GWSSS: Fracking Emissions Analyses

Jon Kofler

Senior Research Associate, CIRES

February 20th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th St, Boulder, CO 80302

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Presentation

Jon Kofler will share details about how his mobile measurements in oil and gas regions are made and what the scientists are learning. The Picarro analyzer has been the backbone of CH4 measurements used to study oil and gas emissions. While overall basin-wide emission rates of natural gas from oil and gas operations have been estimated from aircraft measurements made by Global Monitoring Division Scientists, the van loaded with Picarro instrumentation has proven useful in identifying specific sources and their relative contribution to total emissions.  In addition, emission ratios of methane relative to other trace gases such as benzene and toluene were measured near fracking sites and other stages in oil and gas production. Emissions or leak rates of methane gas are important in determining whether natural gas is a safe alternative to other energy sources. Jon will focus on the Denver Julesberg Basin studies and data, but also compare and contrast the local studies to the Uintah Basin in Utah and the Barnett in Texas. He will share many alarming first hand stories about what is happening on the ground!

Speaker Background

Jon Kofler is the technical lead of the tall tower project at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division. Starting in 2004, with a team of technicians and engineers, he designed, assembled, tested and deployed a high accuracy measurement system for CO2, CO, and CH4 to 10 tall tower sites around the United States. Now he maintains these sites which provide high accuracy data for scientists engaged in climate research and other studies. Starting in 2009, again working on hardware to make measurements, he collaborated with Gabrielle Petron to make measurements of emissions from oil and gas operations using a mobile platform (a large van). He has driven over 4000 miles and logged more than 400 hours in 5 states while making mobile measurements in the past few years. In spite of all his driving for work, he is an avid environmentalist and strives to reduce his carbon footprint in his personal life.

Power Point

Jon Kofler’s Presenation

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

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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!

 

CEA Hosts Speaker Series Event on December 16th at 303 Vodka

coalandwindmillOn Monday December 16th, 2013, Clean Energy Action and 303 Vodka will be hosting “Drinks, Music, and the Utility Death Spiral: A Global Warming Solutions Speakeasy,” from 6:30 – 9 pm at 303 Vodka, 2500 47th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.

CEA’s new research director Zane Selvans will introduce 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.

And then, we’ll just hang out and continue the discussion face to face, with some local live music to set the mood.  Drinks will be available for purchase.

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 — Freeform 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.

You can contact us at info@cleanenergyaction.org for any questions, comments, concerns, or for more information.

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

Hope to see you there!

Rooftop Solar and the Utility Pushback

Annie Lappé, Vote Solar, Solar Policy Director

Presentation

Power companies have watched warily as solar panels have sprouted across the nation’s rooftops. Now they are fighting hard to slow the spread, in hopes to avoid the utility death spiral. Please join Clean Energy Action for an exciting presentation by Annie Lappé, Solar Policy Director of Vote Solar, on how local utilities can more easily and effectively incorporate distributed generation, moving away from fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy future.

Background Infoannielappe

Annie leads distributed generation solar campaigns throughout the U.S. and manages Vote Solar’s work on solar permitting. She rejoined Vote Solar after managing government affairs in the Interior West for SunEdison. Mrs. Lappé began her career working on federal renewable energy and energy efficiency policies in Washington D.C. She holds a MA in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Boulder, CO.

Power Point

Rooftop Solar and the Utility Pushback