Author Archives: Leslie Martel Baer

GACC/NREL Energy Event Underscores Benefit of Collaboration

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While key approaches and perspectives between advanced energy leaders from German-speaking countries and the US may have varied—and offered learning opportunities as a result—the main take-away from the GACCCO-NREL Advanced Energy Symposium was unified and clear: collaboration is essential. Continue reading

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Utility Collaboration with Regulators: the End of Federal Energy Policy? Not Quite

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On August 29, 2017, the Denver Business Journal reported that Xcel Energy and a coalition of interested parties announced a plan to shut down 660 MW of coal-fired generation 10 years ahead of schedule. It’s not the first time this … Continue reading

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ANTARES Report Published on Colorado Energy Office Website

Earlier in 2016, ANTARES Group published the Colorado Customer-Sited Baseline Study for the Colorado Energy Office. Energy Intersections was honored to be a part of this effort, which established a baseline of distributed energy systems across Colorado and describes important methodologies for gathering, maintaining, describing, and disseminating data about these systems. Continue reading

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Dan Lyons Nails the Diversity Issue, but the Challenge is Broader, the Opportunity Greater

Dan Lyons is spot on in describing age discrimination in the tech industry: I’ve seen it happen to dozens of talented colleagues. But, the challenge exists in every industry—including energy—and touches every excuse to discriminate. The silver lining? Those in the hiring process who can see past the “homogeneity as fit” barrier have the opportunity to reap tremendous value and the benefits of fresh perspectives and deep experience. For an aging energy industry workforce, that’s good news! Continue reading

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Notes from 2016 SPC: We ALL to Stand Together, Because there is No “Side”

If there is anything that I learned from the 2016 Solar Power Colorado’s brilliant speakers, it is that we must learn to stand together as energy professionals. Because, in the end, there are no sides. Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency: Crucial but Complex in CPP State Implementation

In a Business Briefing hosted by EEBC and Business Forward, Dr. Orr, DOE described his own pathway to discovering energy efficiency by first being attracted to renewable energy. States now need to walk this pathway in the development of their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies. They will need all of their smart people to get it done. Whose in? Continue reading

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Efficiency, Renewables, and Storage: The New Triple Bottom Line

Today, I attended an informative webinar on the combination of solar and storage, hosted by Renewable Energy World and presented by a team from DNV GL. The presentation clearly outlined the broad range of ways in which renewables (in this … Continue reading

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Wow! Climate Mama Posts My Profile… I’m Blushing!

Check it out. ’nuff said. Continue reading

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Investors Getting Renewables: What to Push on Now?

Investors are starting to get the need for and benefits of renewables industries in a substantial way. So, what can we do to further the progress? Make financing available through investment, push for a broad portfolio included in that investment (including efficiency, transportation and thermals—not just electricity), and work together—with everyone. Continue reading

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CREC is Back and Better—Are You Commited to a Strong, Advocate CRES?

In May 2012, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) held its annual “CREC” (Colorado Renewable Energy Conference) in conjunction with the World Renewable Energy Forum at the Colorado Convention Center. The CRES team assembled a Colorado track, placing our state’s … Continue reading

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