What Does 100% Renewables by 2030 have to do with Zucchinis and Airlines?

UPDATE: This is Ken Regelson’s presentation on Colorado’s transition to 100% renewable energy that was rescheduled after winter conditions prompted the cancellation of the March Meetup.

Presentation Description:

It will have been 2 years since Ken last spoke for BCRES and A LOT has changed – most of it for the better!

Modeling and data analysis give us a clearer picture of what is possible – 100% or darn close. What is reliable – 100% or darn close. And what is likely to be cheap – 100%…

In early December, Xcel announced a 100% reduction in carbon dioxide by 2050. 2 days later, Platte River Power Authority’s (PRPA) board resolved to reach 100% non-carbon electricity by 2030. The discussion is rapidly moving from possibility to exactly what, how cheap, and how soon.

And, of course, there are still many unanswered questions. For example, our modeling points to storage helping us get to 95%, but above 95% traditional storage appears cost-inefficient. And we know that many electric utilities love to over-spend and over-invest. To have low costs, we must limit their zeal. And how do zucchinis and airline tickets help us understand low-cost renewable electricity?

Like all of Ken’s talks, we can expect enough clear, quick graphs to keep the numbers lovers happy, with the meaning behind the data warmly explained for the rest of us. And maybe even a few surprises and laughs along the way.

Speaker Bio:

Ken Regelson is an analyst and advocate for high levels of renewables. He is the founder of EnergyShouldBe.org, EnergyFreedomCO.org, and a co-founder of EmpowerOurFuture.org. He was COSEIA’s – the solar installers of Colorado – policy consultant at the PUC and legislature for 5 years. He has a masters in Electrical Engineering.

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

6:30 Arrive, Light refreshments
7:00 Announcements, followed by the presentation
8:15 Questions, 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 postings 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, please send the info via email 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.