The Very Good News on Clean Energy

Leslie Glustrom CRES Boulder County Chapter There is an abundance of good news on clean energy lately. Studies for the whole planet tell us that we can move to high levels of renewable energy and programs in Boulder County can help your home and business become more efficient, adopt solar electricity and a low-cost electric vehicle. At the national and international level, Boulder …

Colorado PUC Net Metering Proceeding

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter As an update to our blog post of July 23, 2015 concerning the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) review of existing net metering rules for utility customers with solar panels, on August 26, 2015 the PUC decided to leave the current net metering rules unchanged and close the proceeding. The PUC’s written decision has yet to be …

Colorado Solar Demystified

Tom Doyle CRES Boulder County Chapter “Should I buy solar panels now or wait until the price comes down?” “Is my house oriented in the right direction for solar panels?” “Should I buy, lease, or find some other financial vehicle to become part of the solar movement?” The CRES Boulder County Chapter in conjunction with Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) hosted “Colorado Solar …

Net Metering in Colorado – an update

Vince Calvano CRES Boulder County Chapter Current net metering policy has been and continues to be very good for the Colorado solar industry, but there has been a lot of talk lately about changing the price utilities, such as Xcel Energy, will pay to net metered customers that generate excess electricity in Colorado. This change has been strongly advocated by the …

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Decision Vacating FERC Demand Response Regulation

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter On May 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a lower court decision overturning a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order that required wholesale electricity market operators to allow Demand Response (DR) providers to receive wholesale electricity market prices for qualifying DR capacity. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the case suggests …

At What Cost? The Electric Generation Crisis

Thomas Corlett Sr., LEED Certified AP CRES Southeastern Colorado Chapter The United States is facing an electric energy revolution moving from older, dirtier, costlier generation to sustainable, cleaner and more efficient generation. But the lack of attention by regulators and politicians to our health and environment is serious and urgent. At issue is urgency and the unacceptable interpretation of cost. Colorado is …

The State of the Art in Photovoltaic Technology

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter “Thin film,” “organic,” “amorphous,” “nano” – we’ve all seen announcements about new efficiency records for such new types of solar cells and gotten our hopes up. Once commercially viable, wouldn’t they revolutionize, nay: solarize! our energy landscape? Not so fast: The man who stands between those claims and reality is Keith Emery, and testing …

Beyond Net Zero: The Ethics, Theory & Practice of Personal Sustainability

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter For the geeks and tinkerers among us, bringing a typical house built in the 1970s into the 21st century by converting it from your typical energy hog to carbon negative would be a thrill that would be its own reward. But for long time CRES member Steve Stevens, a retired but restless Bell Labs …

Driving the Clean Energy Revolution from the Ground Up

Kirsten Frysinger CRES Boulder County Chapter Regardless of how humans convolute it, energy boils down to a single common denominator – the electron. Society has increasingly coveted the control over these little electrons and those who harness and distribute power have quickly installed a mindset and infrastructure around fossil fuel energy generation. In March, our very own CRES BoCo steering …

Can Biomass Save the Day?

Martin Voelker CRES Jefferson County Chapter Ask anyone about “Renewable Energy” and solar and wind will be first on their minds, prompted by images of sleek propeller blades and the blue glint of photovoltaic cells. But if you ask the National Renewable Energy Lab’s (NREL) Dr. Helena Chum, she’ll answer: “Biomass, of course!” As she reminded her CRES audience in Golden, solar, …