5th Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange

Presented October 12-14, 2011 at Aspen Meadows, Aspen, Colorado

Archived Agenda from 2011

Wednesday, October 12

12noon – 1:00pm

Lunch Buffet in Meadows Restaurant
Hot buffet lunch with an opportunity to network.

1:00pm – 1:15pm

Welcoming Remarks
Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Opening Keynote

A Blueprint for a New Energy Economy
Bill Ritter, Jr., Program Manager, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) started February 1, 2011 with Bill as the founding Director. Bill Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 - the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a new energy economy. Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.

Focus on Utility Program Portfolios
Session Co-Chairs: Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities and Jackie Ducharme, Xcel Energy

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Utility Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities with focus on program portfolios for 2011 and 2012, presented by the session co-chairs and other participants.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Xcel Energy Program Portfolio Overview
Shawn White, Xcel Energy

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Networking and Refreshment Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Colorado ARRA Grant Program Overview
Moderator: Lynn Roy, Nexant
Bill Hayes, Boulder County
Katherine Dart, Energy Smart

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Black Hills Energy and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Program Portfolio Overview
Matt Daunis, Black Hill Energy
Alan Stoinski, Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Main Street Efficiency Initiative
Dan Richardson, Trident Energy Services
Learn about Governor's Energy Office program funded by ARRA and intended to assist local organizations (including some utilities) implement energy efficiency programs for small businesses. Hear lessons learned from 30 local programs around the state, some involve rebates and ‘energy coaching', and most if not all involve some level of training and energy data management. Some lessons are success stories and some are not, but most stories involve how utilities are an absolutely essential partner in any energy outreach campaign.

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Networking Reception and Poster Session
Hosted bar and hors d'oeurves among the sponsor displays and posters on topics related to utility-sponsored program design, implementation and design. An Aspen Center for Environmental Studies educator will offer an up close and personal visit with their resident Great Horned Owl.

Poster Sessions will include:

Extreme Green Makeover: Student Energy Coaches Improve Small Businesses' Bottom Line
Joan Smith, Rocky Mountain Education Center
Learn how the City of Lakewood, Red Rocks Community College, Alameda Gateway Community Association and The Learning Source have teamed up to work with business leaders to reduce building operating costs and make them more energy-efficient.

Contests, Cartoons and Car Dealers: Innovative Ways to Motivate Homeowners to Take Action
Tim Carroll, MIG
Using a diverse assortment of case studies from California's recent energy efficiency program Energy Upgrade California, we will examine ways that industry professionals have successfully marketed energy efficiency to homeowners across the state. These examples will range from large-scale regional efforts to smaller, more economical campaigns implemented by individual contractors at the local level. Each of the case studies will showcase innovative marketing strategies and will serve as touchstones for larger discussions of issues such as: partnering with local governments, utilizing demographic and psychographic data, and taking advantage of homeowner trigger events.

How Community Energy Exchange Mentors Contractors
Stephen Michael Self, Sustainable Ideas Consulting
Community Energy Exchange is a mentoring program that bridges the gap between classroom learning, life skills, and energy efficiency/building science as it applies to analyzing and reporting building energy efficiency performance and safety. The mentors are BPI Certified Building Analysts and RESNET HERS raters who have experience working in the field and in the home. Newly-trained contractors work side-by-side with experienced professionals in real-world buildings rather than pre-fabricated teaching models.

The Energy Advisor Model for DSM Implementation: Bridging the Gap Between Audit and Action
Laura Hutchings, Populus, LLC
Discover a novel strategy for DSM implementation and examine its success in bridging the gap from audits to action in Boulder County. Energy Advisors serve as third-party consultants to facilitate the entire energy audit and retrofit process. We will address the hurdles that have historically prevented homeowners from making energy upgrades, and how this model has been effective in overcoming them. This poster will also investigate the integration of customer management software in the field and discuss how the deployment of technological strategies can maximize the reach of a personalized service.

Shadow and Lead to Home Performance
Paul Kriescher, Lightly Treading
Learn about a program that takes experienced improvement and auditing contractors as well as new graduates of BPI or RESNET certification, from an apprentice to a master level of performance through a proven process adopted by Xcel Energy Colorado, Fort Collins Utility and the City of Loveland Colorado. The program includes: in-field mentoring; hands-on demonstration of installation and inspection skills; random-sample review of proposals; and data sharing with utilities to maintain integrity of approved contractor lists.

Customers, Utilities and Contractors:
It takes the Entire Village to Raise the Most Savings

Dennis Guido, Vice President, Staples & Associates
Hear real-world examples of how using a comprehensive approach has led to increased energy efficiency for residential customers and business owners and improved energy savings for the utilities.

Preparing and Implementing Effective Performance Contracts and M&V Plans
James Bradford, President, Mesa Point Energy
Disputes often arise out of misunderstandings by customers over the scope of the project and the allocation or risks, costs and responsibilities set forth in the contract and M&V plan. Given the length of the performance period for most energy efficiency project, issues may not become apparent until after energy conservation measures are installed and operational. This session focuses on ways to develop clear and integrated contracts, M&V plans and strategies for working productively with customers. It will also explore methods for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the contract and M&V plan.

Energy Navigator
Mike Ogburn, Clean Vehicle Technology and Active Energy Management, CLEER
Discover the myriad successes that Garfield Clean Energy's Active Energy Management program has achieved using the Energy Navigator. The Navigator shows monthly energy use and cost, the carbon emissions associated with that use, and for 23 special sites, shows 15-minute”live” electricity use by day, week, and month. By making real-time energy use accessible online, the Navigator helps facility managers identify how their buildings are using energy and where they can make energy-saving adjustments. We have a considerable data on big buildings in Garfield County that have successfully slashed their energy use. The presentation will give an overview of the Navigator, highlight the most dramatic energy savings, explain how the Navigator has increased community awareness of efficiency, and how other communities could use similar programs to help bring huge energy savings to their regions.

Leverage the Invisible
Gary Hoffmann, Western Area Power Administration
The tree that falls in the forest, whether we see it fall or heard it make a sound, or not, still fell down. Likewise, the hot electrical connection, cold spot in the wall, or water leak will cause big problems if we don't see them. Learn how the Infrared camera can help you see these invisible "trees" before they fall on you and how Western's Equipment Loan program can provide these tools to Leverage the Invisible at your utility

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7:30pm – 8:30am

Breakfast Buffet in Meadows Restaurant

Two Concurrent Session Tracks will be presented throughout Thursday morning and afternoon

8:30am – 12:00pm

Focus on Residential Energy Efficiency
Session Chair: Bob Langenberger, Western Area Power Administration

Focus on Commercial Energy Efficiency
Session Chair: Adam Perry, Platt River Power Authority
8:30am – 9:00am

Utility Residential Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

Utility Commercial Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

9:00am – 9:30am

Fort Collins Home Efficiency Program Results
John Phelan, PE, Energy Services Manager, Fort Collins Utilities
Fort Collins Utilities' Home Efficiency Program is a comprehensive program targeting improving efficiency in existing homes. Based solidly in building science and best practices, the program offers a clear path for customers to identify and prioritize improvements, select qualified and trained contractors and receive rebate funding for a wide range of measures. The program installation standards, robust contractor network and early results have generated interest from leading efficiency organizations, such as the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Loveland Water and Power started their own initiative in fall 2011, modeled on the Fort Collins program. This program will detail the results after nearly two years of implementation, including audit to project conversion rates, project types and rebates, energy and carbon savings, lessons learned, community collaboration and financing.

City of Boulder 10 for Change Challenge
Vanessa Frambes,
 Business Sustainability Specialist, City of Boulder
10 for Change Challenge, part of the City of Boulder's Climate Action Plan, is free, voluntary, and asks area businesses to reduce their workplace energy consumption by at least ten percent. This can be achieved through 50 possible business actions in the categories of: Outreach, Energy, Waste, Transportation, and Water. 10 for Change challenges businesses to make efforts to demonstrate leadership in environmental performance. This program has a weather normalized billing analysis tool to help businesses see their total savings. Approximately 100 Boulder area businesses are a part of this program.

9:30am – 10:15am

The Value of Third-Party Screening and Certification of Home Improvement Contractors
Tiger Adolf, Building Performance Institute
Jane Kruse, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jamie Peters, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
To achieve significant home energy savings, homeowners must hire a knowledgeable contractor to professionally install home energy improvements. Discover how utilities, regional energy associations and government agencies are implementing programs that rely on pre-screened, nationally certified contractors they can confidently recommend to homeowners. Examine the criteria of program sponsors who rely on third parties to provide an arm's length perspective to manage risk and insure objectivity.

Building Tune-up Program: Round 2
Adam Perry, Platte River Power Authority
Platte River and its four cities received MainStreet GEO funds to launch Efficiency Express and a retro commissioning program (Building Tune-up) for small-to-medium-sized businesses. Learn about the program, its cost effectiveness, and how customers achieve low-or-no-cost energy savings.

10:00am – 10:30am

Refreshment Break

10:30am – 11:00am

A Tale of Two Models: Assessment of Residential Audit vs. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Programs In Same Market
Jordan Michel, Geavista Group
For nearly two years, Oncor has implemented two comprehensive, existing home program models concurrently in the same geographic area. Both programs were designed to motivate homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements. The first model is based on the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program design and uses Building Performance Institute-certified contractors to conduct home energy evaluations and install energy efficiency measures. The second model uses HERS Raters who are certified in the Texas Home Energy Audit Standard Program to conduct home energy evaluations, provide homeowners with a customized home audit report, and direct homeowners to utility incentives and federal tax credits. Jordan Michel will present a side-by-side comparison of both program models from the perspective of a utility sponsor. The presentation will propose design elements that are critical to program success based on an evaluation of key metrics, including cost-effectiveness and converting leads into projects that will deliver energy saving for the utility and customer.

T12 Lighting Phase Out: Market Impacts and DSM Program Trends
Francis Xavier, Franklin Energy Services
Get a look into the impact of T12 lighting phase-out regulations on the energy-efficiency market and DSM program design dynamics both regionally as well as nationally. Understand the implementation and program design aspects of the Xcel Energy Small Business Lighting Program - Colorado and New Mexico - offering insights into implementation of T12 bonus rebates, potential for greater market transformation and program participation, as well as the future of T12 retrofit measures beyond 2012.

11:00am – 11:30am

Accelerating Homeowner Awareness: Home Energy Makeover Contest Meets Contractor Smackdown
Cynthia Adams, Charlottesville Virginia LEAP Program
Learn about a multi-layered and channel partner driven approach to consumer engagement OR what six months worth of planning and a bit of luck will do for you: Home Energy Makeover Contest Meets Contractor Smackdown is followed by a city-wide benchmarking campaign and Powersaver loan launch because a customer needs to hear about your program from several sources. Learn how a Charlottesville, Virginia program compressed its timeline on a minimal budget - and all before the heating season! Hear key success factors and lessons learned from a program that is part of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance grant from the ARRA-funded Better Buildings program initiative.

Net-Zero for Commercial Buildings
Judie Porter, Architectural Energy Corporation
Net-Zero is a hot topic in the commercial building industry, but buildings constructed with a net-zero energy design are rare. For the majority of buildings that are not net-zero energy, how close are they? The Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI), developed with funding from Southern California Edison, provides clarity for how commercial building efficiency levels are measured and compared. This session will explain what zEPI is, how it works, and what the benefits are to utility programs.

11:30am – 12:00noon

Career Path: Stackable, Portable Credentials for the Home Performance and Weatherization Industry
Larry Zarker, Building Performance Institute
Discover how BPI is working with several federal agencies to expand its current nationwide certification program to include Crew Leader, Auditor, Installer and Inspector certifications. Learn how these internationally-recognized certifications will reduce utility and government risk while providing workers with “stackable” credentials in a career ladder from basic installer skills to crew leader; and from analytical skills of the auditor to fundamental knowledge that can lead to management positions.

Integrating Outreach & Engagement Best Practices in Hard-to-Reach Markets
Peter Noland, RHA., Inc.
Learn how a San Diego Gas & Electric sponsored program is creating opportunities to realize greater efficiencies and effectiveness at various touch points in the customer acquisition and education cycle, especially when launching programs in hard-to-reach market sectors. Examples to be discussed include: how trusted local communicators and influencers can be strategically leveraged to better build program awareness, how call center resources can be optimally integrated into the program marketing cycle to better capture leads and referrals at the precise moment of opportunity and how best practices for outreach and education can be transferred amongst staff so as to significantly reduce marketing costs and enhance the customer experience.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch Buffet and Roundtable Discussion at Meadows Restaurant

  Focus on Technology
Session Chair: Joani Matranga, GEO
Focus on Collaborative PartnershipsSession Chair: Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Technology Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session chairs and other participants

Partnerships Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session chairs and other participants
1:30pm – 2:00pm Impact of Colorado's Altitude and Climate on Equipment Efficiency and Potential Energy Savings
Charles Bicknell, The Cadmus Group
Gain a non-technical understanding of how Colorado altitude and climate have an impact on 24 equipment efficiency and associated measure savings calculations. While program sponsors often need to rely upon publically available estimates of savings such as Technical Reference Manuals and the Database for Energy Efficient Resources data from these sources do not always provide an accurate representation of measure efficiencies in Colorado. This presentation will provide a comparison of publicly available savings estimates relative to Cadmus' calculated savings for Colorado.
Deploying a Residential Demand Response Program with Smart Meters
Gene Mantei, Black Hills Energy
Hear the results from two different residential demand response pilots employing smart grid technologies for direct load control as well as innovative pricing. Learn actionable information to inform the development, design and implementation of similar programs. Understand the challenges in rolling out the pilot programs, strategies employed to overcome difficulties and capitalize on successes, and the effectiveness of the two different demand response program designs that were implemented.
2:00pm – 2:30pm Emerging Technologies
Bonneville Power Administration's Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies (E3T)
Program David Shepherd-Gaw,
Washington State University Extension Energy Program
Overview of latest products and ideas that will help your energy efficiency programs in the future.
Download the MP4 movie, I Want LED Lights, presented by David Shepherd-Gaw
An Update to Last Year's Driving Large-Scale Residential Customer Engagement
John Phelan, Fort Collins Utilities
Gretchen Stanford, Loveland Utilities
Fort Collins and Loveland Utilities will share results and discuss implementing a residential customer engagement platform that drives large scale energy efficiency and increased program participation. Using cutting-edge behavioral science, patent-pending data analytics, and sophisticated software expertise, the OPOWER platform enables utilities to connect with their customers in a highly targeted fashion through 100% individualized reports about energy usage. This platform is currently deployed to over two million utility customers nationwide, including: Xcel Energy, Fort Collins Utilities and Loveland Utilities.
2:30pm – 3:00pm Texas Municipal Utilities' Energy Efficiency Best Practices
Kevin Afflerbaugh, Nexant Inc.
Discover the results of an energy efficiency best practices study for Texas municipal utilities funded by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, the Texas Public Power Association, and the DOE. This study identifies DSM Program best practices from around the country and analyzes compatibility for local conditions.
Financing Energy Efficiency (Live by a Subsidy – Die by a Subsidy)
Michael J. Volker, Midwest Energy, Inc.
This presentation discusses the difficulties of sustaining efficiency finance programs that are dependent on subsidized interest rates in order to make the program more attractive to customers or to recover program costs. Understand the inherent advantages of a tariffed/meter based program in contrast to simple on-bill programs. What happens to such programs when the low-cost money goes away? Midwest Energy's How$mart program has won four national recognitions in its four years of existence - including AESP's coveted “Outstanding Achievement in Energy Program Design or Implementation (Residential)”. During its existence, the program gained access to low-cost financing twice - only to lose it. Still, the program thrives and grows. With the right model, subsidies might enhance a program or push it to a critical mass, but will not be the end-all if taken away.
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Refreshment Break

3:30am – 4:00pm

Residential Lighting Impacts
Kate Swayne, The Cadmus Group
The objective of this presentation is to introduce stakeholders to the potential implications of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) within the residential lighting sector. Learn some of the expected impacts of EISA based on insights gained from of a series of in-depth interviews with professionals in the lighting, building, and manufacturing realms as well as in-person focus groups with residential customers. Discussion includes potential changes in consumer purchase behavior, expected changes in manufacturing and the potential implications for energy efficiency programs.

Partnering with Manufacturers
Paul Bony, Climatemaster
Bruce Matulich, EGIA
Discover the role that manufacturers are playing in collaboration with utilities to aggressively promote market-transforming technologies. Learn about initiatives underway in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and California and how they could be replicated elsewhere.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Balancing Need for Data with Maximizing Participation
Anna Carvill, The Cadmus Group
Learn the extent to which various program sponsors believe that the extreme administrative requirements affect participation. Energy efficiency programs have always had varying amounts of administrative responsibilities associated with them. However, it is often noted that these requirements need to be minimized in order to maximize participation. Discover the appropriate balance to assign and obtain complete program data versus maximizing program participation.

Turnkey Energy Efficiency Solutions by Colorado Utilities
Ravi Malhotra, iCAST
Gordon Tarola, Source Gas
Brad Zaporski, San Miguel Power Association
Learn about utility plans to provide a self-funded program with oversight, outreach assistance, and rebates. This turn-key solution provider offers energy audits, sub-contractor management, quality inspections, access to financing options, invoicing and reporting.

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Running a Campus Co-gen Plant Efficiently
Paul C. Caldara, P.E., Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Learn, from a non-engineering perspective, the basic principles, building blocks and decisions that go into running a campus co-gen plant efficiently. This includes the explanation of co-gen, steam boilers, absorption chillers, natural gas and backup power from the utility, and how balancing these items is required for the plant to operate at maximum efficiency. The concepts and principles explained are fundamental to energy efficiency. Paul joined the University of Colorado at Boulder where he shared responsibility for a 30 MW co-generation plant. He now serves as an engineer on Staff for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Maximizing Your Investment In Dsm Programs: Why Audit and Rebate Programs are Falling Short
Kara Seeley and Toby Russell, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Find out why small commercial energy efficiency audit and rebate programs are not sufficient to reduce demand and how incorporating education, tools and behavior change initiatives will maximize your return on investment. Discover how partnerships can help you be more successful while also enhancing your public image. Learn about the innovative solutions being used across the country to maximize the effectiveness of small commercial DSM programs.



6:00pm – 7:00pm

Join us at Brunelleschi's
205 So. Mill St., 970.544.4644 and bring your name badge for a hosted bar reception.

Friday, October 14, 2011

7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast Buffet in Meadows Restaurant


Focus on Program Integration
Session Co-Chairs: Gretchen Stanford, City of Loveland and Gordon Tarola, SourceGas

8:30am – 9:00am

Utility Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities with a focus on Program Integration, to include: Bob Langenberger, Western Area Power Administration Lindsey Bashline, City of Loveland Michael Whitaker, Symbiotic Engineering Recharge Colorado

9:00am – 9:30am

Closing Keynote

Lessons Learned About Consensus Building From Energy Upgrade California
Mindy Craig, MIG and Bluepoint Consulting
Mindy Craig is owner of BluePoint Planning and offers over 18 years of experience as a consultant, as well as experience as a non-profit board president of America Walk, a national advocacy group for pedestrians and the U.S. Task Force on Livability. Before forming BluePoint, Mindy was a Senior Consultant with MIG for over ten years, providing planning, facilitation, strategic planning and marketing services. Her clients there included the California Energy Commission for the Energy Upgrade California initiative as well as the State of California, higher education, public agencies and non-profits, parks and recreation departments, counties and cities. She also provided detail programming services, economic analysis, design review and consulting to over 50 agencies developing community facilities.

9:30am – 10:00am

Motivating Contractors to Participate: A Roadmap to Contractor Network Development 
Ed Thomas
Tiger Adolf, Building Performance Institute

Overview of a detailed roadmap that an energy efficiency program sponsor may follow for establisment (or enhancement) of an engaged and qualified contractor network that will help homeowners install energy efficiency improvements in a manner consistent with national guidelines. Understand how utility and/or government incentives awarded to homeowners differ from incentives given to contractors.

10:00am – 10:30am The Colorado Governor's Energy Office Planning Horizon
Joani Matranga, Colorado Governor's Energy Office
Insight on where the GEO's planning efforts are focused in regards to energy efficiency and demand-side management initiatives.
10:30am – 11:00am

Update on National Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals
Ruby Nahan, Senior Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Hear an update on how NREL, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, has progressed with the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project. The project fosters the growth of a high quality residential energy upgrade industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce. It consists of guidelines for quality work, effective training, and professional certifications. This session will discuss next steps in the development process and how the voluntary adoption of the completed guidelines will benefit energy efficiency programs and the home performance industry.

11:00am – 11:30am

Closing Remarks
Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities


Conference Adjourns

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Archived Sponsors from 2011

Host Sponsors

City of Aspen Utilities provides reliable and economic electric service to approximately 2,371 residential, commercial, hotel, and condominium service connects. All service is within Aspen City limits. www.aspenpitkin.com


Green Level Sponsors

Building Performance Institute(BPI) is a recognized global leader, supporting the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program. BPI works with building performance industry stakeholders to ensure that the professional bar for excellence in building performance contracting is established and maintained by creating and regularly updating technical requirements through an open, transparent, consensus-based development process. www.bpi.org

The Cadmus GroupThe Cadmus Group Covering the spectrum of energy, water, and sustainability consulting, The Cadmus Group, Inc., offers technical, policy, and managerial services to governments, utilities, and other businesses. Established in 1983, Cadmus is now staffed with more than 340 full-time, professional consultants across the United States. Cadmus' major practice areas include Energy Services, Social Marketing and Communications, Green Buildings, Water, Strategic Environmental Management, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

In May 2008, Quantec, LLC, merged with Cadmus, becoming its Energy Services Division (ESD). As a leading consultancy in North America and abroad, ESD provides these critical services: impact and process evaluations of energy-efficiency programs; program design; energy-efficiency potential assessments; and marketing support to utilities and other energy-efficiency program sponsors. For more information on The Cadmus Group, please visit www.cadmusgroup.com

Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through a nationwide network of contractors, distributors, manufacturers and utility partners. As a leading provider of resource efficiency services and energy efficiency program administration for utility companies and water agencies, EGIA also provides the home improvement industry, utility companies and state agencies with comprehensive consumer energy efficiency and solar financing solutions and has administered some of the nation's largest utility and state sponsored energy efficiency financing programs. www.egia.org

Holy Cross Energy Cooperative is a cooperative corporation with more than 43,000 member-owners served by 165 employees.It is proud to provide energy and services to major ski resorts located in the Aspen and Vail areas as well as farms,ranches and friendly rural communities that provide people and resources for the tourist and outdoor recreation industries. www.holycross.com

Platte River Power Authority generates and delivers reliable, low-cost and environmentally responsible electricity to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland, Colorado, where it is distributed by each municipal utility to residents and businesses. www.prpa.org

Fort Collins Utilities is a municipally owned, multi-service provider of water, wastewater, electric and stormwater services to the City of Fort Collins. We recognize the economic, social and environmental impacts of our operation and are committed to minimizing our negative impacts and enhancing our positive impacts on the community and environment.

The City of Longmont Power & Communications department is a community-owned, non-profit electric and telecommunications utility that builds, maintains and operates the electric distribution system for about 36,000 customers.

Loveland Water and Power Loveland Water and Power's mission is to add value serving the community's utility needs for today and tomorrow by providing quality customer service, providing reliable service, planning for the future, being environmentally sensitive, offering safe and secure utilities at competitive rates and being fiscally responsible.

Western Area Power Administration's Energy Services Program helps our utility customers plan for a greener, more efficient future through greater energy-efficiency, renewable energy options, new technologies and industry best practices. Services include an equipment loan program, technical assistance, and a full menu of publications available both on-line and in printed version. www.wapa.gov

Xcel EnergyXcel Energy is a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company and offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers. Xcel Energy operates Windsource®, the nation's largest voluntary wind energy program in terms of customers. www.xcelenergy.com


Gold Level Sponsors


Black Hills Energy is a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice - is based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Golden, Colo., and Omaha, Neb. The company serves 759,000 utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company's non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity, produce natural gas, oil and coal, and market energy. We partner to produce results that improve life with energy. www.blackhillsenergy.com


ClimateMaster, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of water-source and geothermal heat pumps, which are widely considered to be the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly method of heating and cooling available on the market today. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, ClimateMaster, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of LSB Industries, Inc. whose common stock is traded over the American Stock Exchange under the symbol LXU. For more information, visit www.climatemaster.com

Colorado Rural Electric Association

Colorado Rural Electric Association is the statewide trade association representing Colorado's electric cooperatives. CREA's membership is composed of all of the state's 22 electric distribution cooperative associations and one generation and transmission cooperative. www.crea.coop

Energy Logic

Energy Logic has had a role in improving over 10,000 new homes in Colorado. We've also helped homeowners all along the Front Range improve the homes they live in. We help builders and homeowners stop wasting and start saving. EnergyLogic does this by offering the best energy auditing and energy rating services that are available today. www.nrglogic.com

Franklin Energy

Franklin Energy is one of the five largest energy efficiency program management companies in the U.S. They design and implement customized programs for utilities to promote the efficient consumption of electricity and natural gas. Franklin has built a superior reputation successfully implementing efficiency programs for clients through diverse programs in business and residential sectors. They have been named a Best Places to Work and Future 50 Company in southeastern Wisconsin, where they are headquartered. This growing company also has satellite offices in over nine states.www.franklinenergy.com

Geavista Group

Geavista Group offers a unique balance of insight and experience to deliver practical solutions for your energy efficiency, water efficiency, and sustainability consulting needs. We approach each project holistically, examining the problem from multiple perspectives and developing innovative solutions that deliver results that are good for the environment and even better for your business. We love what we do and our passion motivates us to work hard to deliver results for our clients. Work with us and discover how far creative strategies and traditional business sense can take your organization. www.geavistagroup.com

Governor's Energy Office's

Governor's Energy Office's (GEO) mission is to lead Colorado to a New Energy Economy by advancing energy efficiency and renewable, clean energy resources. GEO will work with communities, utilities, private and public organizations, and individuals to promote renewable energy such as wind, solar, and geothermal, and energy efficiency technologies in commercial and residential buildings. www.colorado.gov/energy

Lightly Treading

At Lightly Treading we work to educate homeowners, builders, building science professionals and community members about energy efficiency and improved comfort in new and existing homes and small commercial buildings. We do this by offering energy audits, HERS Ratings, energy efficiency workshops, training certifications, system specific diagnostic testing and more. Lightly Treading is partnering with Xcel Energy, Fort Collins Utility, City of Loveland Utility and United Power Utility to offer services designed to enhance the comfort, energy savings and greening of homes/buildings for Colorado customers. Learn more at www.lightlytreading.com


Nexant is the leading provider of energy efficiency solutions and software. With more than 25 years of experience in energy conservation, energy efficiency, and demand control, we help companies and governments around the world better manage their energy use. As a trusted advisor to electric and gas utilities, we provide advice on policies and regulations that encourage energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable and sustainable energy sources.

Nexant's Demand Management business unit helps clients analyze, design and implement strategies to maximize the effectiveness of their energy systems and reduce their energy usage through Demand Side Management programs, facility energy assessments and measurement and verification activities. For additional information, please visit www.nexant.com

Niagara Conservation Corporation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leading manufacturer of water and energy conservation products and services. The company, founded in 1977 by William Cutler, has revolutionized the utility conservation industry with its ultra-high efficiency toilets including the revolutionary Stealth® UHET 0.8GPF toilet, low-flow showerheads and aerators, lawn and garden products and award-winning EcoKits®. Niagara Conservation truly embodies It's Easy Being Green® www.itseasybeinggreen.com philosophy believing that by developing and introducing water and energy conservation products, programs and services, the company is contributing to a better quality of life for all. Niagara Conservation hosts satellite offices in New Jersey, California, Florida, North Carolina and an affiliate company in Toronto, as well as, international offices in Saudi Arabia and Chile and owns a manufacturing facility in China. For more information on Niagara Conservation products and services, visit www.niagaraconservation.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


Populus Sustainable Design Consulting is a Boulder, Colorado based firm that specializes in residential energy analysis, municipal energy code consulting, utility and municipal scale residential energy program design and implementation, and building science education. Populus offers consulting on community-scale energy efficiency programs, and has garnered a wealth of experience as the central administrators of a residential energy program targeting over 10,000 homes. We are a privately-owned, local small business. Our company is deeply rooted locally and we strive to support economic and environmental sustainability in our community.www.popboulder.com

Rocky Mountain Education Center

Red Rocks Community College Rocky Mountain Education Center As the continuing education department of Red Rocks Community College our mission is not just OSHA training. RMEC offers training in many other areas. OSHA training is how the Rocky Mountain Education Center has earned their high quality reputation. We are a leader in many areas of certification training.www.rmecosha.com

Resource Action Programs offers a family of community conservation programs designed to increase residential resource efficiency and community awareness. The proven and effective design generates immediate savings in home energy and water use while providing maximum return on investment. www.resourceaction.com

Resource Solutions Group transforms the way organizations and consumers use energy and water by providing them practical information and solutions to help them increase efficiency, meet their goals, and improve the environment. The company's creative and committed team works with markets to deliver energy and water savings for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers.www.rsgrp.com

staples and Associates, Inc.

Staples & Associates, Inc. conducts the direct installation of energy efficiency measures including lighting and water conservation equipment, energy audits and weatherization for residential, small and medium commercial buildings including efficient and environmentally sensitive Golf Course design, through our Golf Resource Group. Staples & Associates also specializes in developing and implementing customized marketing and education programs in the fields of energy and environmental awareness. www.staplesenergy.com

Sustainable Ideas

Sustainable Ideas is happy to offer a wide range of services to companies and organizations transitioning to, or growing in the building performance, energy efficiency and sustainability industries. Our multifaceted approach addresses building science, training, mentoring and business development. At Sustainable Ideas we seek to nurture the seeds of the future while delivering green revenues today. www.AbleIdeas.net


Promotional Partners

Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) convenes thought leaders in home energy efficiency to provide cutting-edge events focused on home performance, green building, and "house-as-a-system" training for building trades, housing groups, and program professionals. ACI's vision is that every family has a home that is energy efficient, durable, comfortable, affordable, healthy, and safe. www.affordablecomfort.org

Colorado Energy NewsColorado Energy News
Colorado Energy News No one covers Colorado's energy markets like Colorado Energy News. Our monthly line-up of E- newsletters bring you the latest updates on the companies, thought leaders and business and government moves making headlines. Our audience of decision makers is unmatched by any other digital media in the state and we are committed to continue building relationships with stakeholders in Colorado's energy community!www.coloradoenergynews.com

Colorado Energy NewsColoradoENERGY.org
ColoradoENERGY.org is your one-stop shop for energy efficiency and renewable energy information in Colorado. There is something for everyone at ColoradoENERGY.org. You will find how-to's, information about green building, energy-efficient applications, wind power in Colorado, government actions, new technologies, important events and much more.www.ColoradoENERGY.org

Efficiency First is organized so that the Home Performance Workforce can be represented in both National and State level policy conversations. Efficiency First is dedicated to retrofitting of America's homes, building the industry infrastructure to create jobs, and reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and our dependence on foreign oil. Efficiency First represents America's Home Performance Workforce, ranging from energy auditors and raters to contractors who are the front line of our climate battle, embodied in green-collar jobs from weatherization to HVAC. www.efficiencyfirst.org

Home Energy Magazine Online - HomeEnergy.orgHome Energy Magazine
Home Energy magazine's mission is to disseminate objective and practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability. It is the only magazine that thoroughly covers residential comfort issues from the only approach that really works, systems engineering. Learn More (PDF)

www.stateenergyreport.comState Energy Report Launched in August 2008, State & Local Energy Report is a quarterly magazine designed to share successes and spur dialogue among all levels of government and key stakeholders on issues of energy efficiency, policy, technology, and economics. Our sponsoring organizations include the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association (NEADA) the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) and the Energy Programs Consortium (EPC). www.stateenergyreport.com