CRES Policy Panel – Lessons from the Last Legislative Session

A panel of CRES’ own Policy Committee members will be available to help digest the most recent legislative session and give an overview of current policies in Colorado. They will answer questions and offer insight on where we go next. 

Please scroll to the bottom to see more information about our panelists: Vince Calvano, Laurent Meillon, and Allen Wilson.

The meeting format will be as follows: 

6:30-7:00pm – Social time and networking – Pizza from Lucky Pie and Happy Hour at Serendipity Bar until 7PM

7:00-7:10pm – Announcements

7:10-8:00pm – Presentation and Q&A 

8:00-8:30pm – Wrap up and networking 

This meeting is free for CRES members ($30 introductory membership), with a $10 suggested donation from non-members

Parking information: In addition to your standard downtown Denver options, parking is offered at the Alliance Center. Parking is $3 per hour and $12 for a full day. To use the lot, please download the Pay By Phone app or create an account at paybyphone.com. Our location number is 3563.

Biographical information on our Policy Panelists:

VINCE CALVANO

Owner of his own legal practice, Vincent P. Calvano, LLC, and a member of the legal staff of Gibson Arnold & Associates, Vince’s practice specializes in public utilities law, with an emphasis on utility/renewable energy law.  Vince has represented renewable energy nonprofits such as COSEIA and CRES before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.  Vince has successfully helped clients intervene in multiple dockets ranging from Electric Resource and Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plans, to Demand Side Management Strategic Issues Planning dockets, Rate Cases, and utility solar program proceedings, among others.

Vince holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) and a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, with a focus on Energy and Environmental law. Vince also earned Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from Penn State University.

LAURENT MEILLON

Vice President at Capitol Solar Energy, LLC, during his tenure, Laurent has led efforts to contribute to the tripling of revenues and employees.  Laurent has implemented a marketing and branding strategy for the 30-year-old solar thermal business.  He has initiated new lead sources, created a new website, and built long-term partnerships with sources of repeat business.

Specifically, Laurent has designed, sold and installed solar thermal systems – residential and commercial, applied to domestic hot water, pool and spa heating, space heat with boilers, furnaces and fan-coil applications.  He has also taken on a leadership role in representing the solar thermal industry in the state of Colorado with stakeholders, industry, environmental groups, regulatory agencies and State legislature.  Laurent published Solar Thermal Road-map of Colorado, introduced Legislation, and testified in Public Utility Commission hearings.

Laurent holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Marseille Business School and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

ALLEN WILSON

Project Finance Manager at RC Energy Group LLC—a Colorado-based owner, financier, operator of more than 100 commercial solar facilities across the U.S., Allen is responsible for deal due diligence, coordinating construction financing diligence, and operations.  Since starting at RC Energy Group, Allen has contributed to the development and on-going construction of more than 20 MWdc of ground-mount and rooftop solar.

Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Babson College, and master of natural resources law studies with concentrations in energy and renewable energy policy from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.