Category Archives: Energy Policy

Climate Change: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Watching the simple fact of the Earth’s temperature change over 131 years is a lot harder to ignore than a list of facts and figures. And, it’s easy to list some obvious implications for a place like Colorado, just off the top of one’s head. What does this NASA video make you feel? And, more importantly, make you want to do? Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Help a Woman Access Some Energy

March 8, 2012 is International Women’s Day. It’s a great time to think about the great things we see women do, the great things we see women and men do together, and how we can bring greater equality to the world. I’m thinking particularly about equality of energy access. I’m grateful that I live in a world of relative equality, and that I can close out much of the brutal inequality between genders that remains. But, I allow myself to see enough to know that I have to act, every day, to keep the tide moving forward: for women in the U.S. and around the globe. With that in mind, I’ll go haul some wood to heat my home: in homage to the women who do it every day just to feed their families. Oh, and in May I’ll host a couple of forums on the topic, too. Continue reading

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Performance-Based Incentives: The New Face of Residential Solar

In March of 2011, the Xcel Energy incentives for residential solar PV buyers, shifting from an up-front incentive (UFI) to a performance-based incentive (PBI) that pays the owner based on how much electricity is actually produced. There are a variety of reasons for that change, not the least of which was cash flow concerns for Xcel. So, what does that mean for the residential PV buyer? The answer depends on when you buy and how much you pay… as well as how much Xcel charges for electricity in the future. Continue reading

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Of Leadership on the Edge: Leslie’s 2011 GEM Commencement Address

In December of 2011, I was humbled by my UCD Cohort IV peers: they asked me to deliver our commencement address. They also came through when I asked them for their parting thoughts. Here is the video of the presentation: a compilation of ideas from a group of very smart folks, and my particular call to leadership. Continue reading

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Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap Launches

The Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap launched today. With a model for steady and impressive growth in installed capacity, revenues and jobs over the next 40 years, its worth checking out this document. Clearly, solar thermal deserves a place in Colorado’s energy portfolio, with our world class solar thermal performance. Look to see what could be coming our way. Continue reading

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What Paybacks and Costs are CO PV Consumers Really Facing?

Changes to Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program earlier this year left many consumers and installers wondering whether residential solar installations still made sense in Colorado. While the final installation cost per Watt of system has increased slightly due to these changes, market factors and the new incentive structure still make solar PV a sound investment for some consumers. And, new options are opening access to solar generation to a wider market of customers. Continue reading

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Renewable energy everywhere!

Money for Colorado in renewable energy at CRES. Money for PAETEC in renewables at CORE. Continue reading

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