CO Dept of Ag Releases Renewable Heating & Cooling Roadmap

On January 29, 2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) release the Colorado Renewable Heating & Cooling Roadmap. This study, conducted by Energy Intersections, LLC on behalf of CDA, provides a path forward to stimulating the implementation of renewable heating … 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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Renewable Energy World Europe 2012: Leadership on RE at the Speed of Light

Being in Cologne, Germany in June for the Renewable Energy World Europe 2012 conference was an awe inspiring experience. Check out my paper on RE policy, slides, and video clips from the conference. With this kind of leadership at home and across the pond, we are bound to make headway in the most important challenges we face regarding energy production and use. Continue reading

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The Strategic Mindset: 6 Steps for Your Business Today

Over the years, the notion has developed that strategic planning is something that only huge businesses with huge staffs and huge budgets can undertake in any codified, structured way. This post is designed to dispel that myth. In fact, strategic planning is really about developing an habitual strategic mindset and folding that mindset into your existing business planning and implementation practices. In one hour, you can get yourself and your team or business on the road to a strategic plan. Continue reading

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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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