BCRES Speaker Series – “Commercial Innovation for Building Efficiency”

Join BCRES for a panel discussion focused on tackling climate change by improving the energy efficiency of our commercial buildings. 40% of U.S. energy is used in our buildings and its estimated that we will spend $1.2B per year for the next 10 years in commercial energy efficient retrofits. Please join our Q&A session with Paul Scharfenberger, the Chief Operating Officer of the Colorado Energy Office, Eric Mueller, a member of the Commissioning Engineering Team of Ambient Energy, and Alisa Petersen from the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings team, to see how innovation and financial instruments are being used to tackle climate change.

Alisa Petersen is an Associate on Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings team. She currently works on the Residential Energy+ initiative analyzing paths to zero carbon performance for existing residential buildings. Prior to joining RMI, Alisa worked for Seventhwave, a nonprofit energy efficiency company in Madison Wisconsin, where she served as an Energy Engineer and Project Manager. At Seventhwave, Alisa provided technical assistance to building owners and design teams to help inform a more energy efficient building design. Although she analyzed all types of commercial buildings, she specialized in multifamily buildings and supermarkets. She also researched and wrote publications on building energy conservation measures including demand control kitchen ventilation, high-efficiency refrigerated display cases, lighting task tuning, and cold climate facades.

Paul Scharfenberger was the lead author of legislation in 2013 that enabled Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) in Colorado and separate legislation in 2016 that ultimately led to the adoption of the program across many areas of the State. Paul is now the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Energy Improvement District (NEID) that is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing Colorado’s PACE efforts. Paul also oversees Colorado’s state volume cap of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) and helped the state to become a top 5 state in the nation in terms of QECB utilization rate. In addition to his efforts focused on PACE and QECBs, Paul works to develop various other public-private- partnerships aimed at addressing finance gaps in various sectors of Colorado’s energy economy.

Eric Mueller is a member of the Commissioning Engineering Team at Ambient Energy where he performs new construction commissioning and monitoring-based commissioning that contributes to the triple bottom line of Ambient Energy’s clients. Additionally, Eric collaborates with Ambient Energy’s Building Performance Team to create models that inform energy conservation measure decisions. In addition to his past commissioning experience, Eric has knowledge and experience in performing retro-commissioning, energy management, measurement and verification (M&V), whole-building energy modeling, and daylighting analysis.

This meeting is free for CRES members. There is a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Learn more about CRES, and the benefits of membership at https://www.cres-energy.org/

Parking is available in Lot 556
The West Entrance Circle Lot (550) is pay-by-hour at all times

6:30 Arrive, Networking, Light refreshments
7:00 Announcements, followed by the Presentation
8:15 Questions, Additional Networking, Wrap-up and Clean-up

During the Announcements portion of the evening, we certainly encourage you to share info on upcoming events and/or job openings related to your organization or other organizations. If you have something you want to share with the group, and if you want that info posted on our Announcement slides, just send the info to bcres@cres-energy.org. The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is dedicated to the advancement of all forms of renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and their synergy with sustainability and economic development.