Rich Philip Named Executive Director of PLMA

Rich Philip will become PLMA’s Executive Director on May 1, 2020. Rich, who was PLMA Chair from 2015 to 2017, will retire from Duke Energy to accept this full-time PLMA position. In addition, Judy Knight will become PLMA’s Chief Development Officer on April 1, 2020. Formerly Director of Communications at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), Judy has also held various senior roles in the nonprofit sector, including marketing, business development, and member engagement. Ed Thomas continues as Operations Director, and Tiger Adolf as Member Services Director.  
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About PLMA

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate each other and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption.

For two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network – offering load management leadership for the energy industry.


Holy Cross Energy Announces Renewable Swap Agreement with Guzman Energy

Agreement reduces the reliance on coal and adds incremental renewables to the grid without increasing cost

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Tues., Jan. 8, 2019 — Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a nonprofit rural electric cooperative based in Western Colorado, announced today a renewable energy swap agreement with Colorado wholesale energy company Guzman Energy. This two-way power purchase agreement (PPA) will enable the development of a new 100-megawatt (MW) wind farm to serve HCE’s members. Once the new wind resources enter service in 2021, the PPA will fulfill HCE’s commitment to clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals as outlined in its seventy70thirty plan earlier this year.

“With today’s announcement HCE continues to lead the responsible transition to a clean energy future, while maintaining affordable and reliable electricity to our members,” said Bryan Hannegan, President and CEO of HCE.

“Our new partnership with Guzman Energy will raise the amount of renewable energy in our power supply mix to almost 70 percent by 2021 – nine years earlier than promised. We are gratified that our agreement with Guzman Energy will also allow them to increase the amount of renewable energy in their power mix.”

Additionally, Guzman Energy will utilize, as necessary, HCE’s stake in Unit 3 of the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo, Colo., a 750MW coal-fired generating unit. This resource will supplement the 250MWs of renewable energy that will be built as part of Guzman’s recent renewable RFP, and all resources will be used to serve Guzman’s wholesale customers in New Mexico and Colorado and together will result in a capacity mix that is approximately 75 percent renewable.

“This deal allows HCE to meet their renewable energy goals without increasing cost, adds more renewables to the grid in the West, and supplements Guzman’s overall resource mix with reliable baseload, as needed,” said Jeff Heit, managing director with Guzman Energy. “It’s another example of what can be accomplished if stakeholders work together to find innovative ways to transition to the new energy economy.”

About HCE

Founded in 1939, Holy Cross Energy is a non-profit rural electric cooperative that provides safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy and services that improve the quality of life for more than 43,000 members and their communities in Western Colorado. We are committed to leading the responsible transition to a clean energy future. For more information on HCE and our future objectives, please visit

About Guzman Energy
Guzman Energy is a wholesale power provider that supplies and trades power across North America. Guzman Energy created a new type of energy model, one designed specifically to help transition an outdated energy economy into the renewable age. We enable customers — principally rural electric cooperatives and municipal power companies — to achieve lower rates and price-stability from renewable, sustainable energy. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Guzman Energy has unique expertise in serving customers in the bilateral power markets of the Western United States and conducts its business through two practice areas: Energy & Environmental Trading and Energy Hedging & Risk Management. To learn more, visit

Media Contact:
Jenna Weatherred, VP, Member & Community Relations
[email protected]


Holy Cross Energy makes clean energy pledge

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Bryan Hannegan, CEO of Holy Cross Energy, made the first public announcement during his presentation at the 12th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange, that the electric cooperative providing power to Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties officially committed Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 to use clean, renewable energy sources for 70 percent of its power supply by 2030.

In addition, Holy Cross Energy pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with its current power supply by a corresponding 70 percent by 2030, while at the same time not increasing the cost of energy for customers, according to a statement Wednesday.

#seventy70thirty #cleanenergy #climate #12thRMUE

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Download the presentation: 13b.Hannegan-Seventy70Thirty.pdf

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Aspen Meadows Gets a Bauhaus Makeover

Aspen Meadows has been the setting for the Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange for twelve years.  We look forward to seeing the updates and finished construction that will only make the meeting even more pleasant and restoring.  You can learn more about the makeover in the Aspen Times...

"On the planet, few places, if any, combine as much historical significance, cultural commotion and natural beauty as the 40 acres in the West End that make up the campus of the Aspen Institute.

Stroll from one side to the other on any given summer afternoon and you will hear the Aspen Music Festival orchestra tuning up for an evening performance in the Music Tent, bear witness to visiting intellects and dignitaries as they deliver presentations or provide protestations to the world's media, or bask in the beauty of Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer's signature outdoor landscapes. Then, at the end of your stroll, you'll find yourself at the reception center of the Aspen Meadows Resort, a master work of Bauhaus influences...."

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City of Aspen Climate Action Department hiring Community Outreach Coordinator 

The ideal candidate will be experienced in the marketing field, with the skill set to get up to speed quickly and strategically lead outreach and engagement initiatives in support of energy and water efficiency, mobility, Climate Action Plan implementation, and other sustainability programs. This person will develop and implement outreach campaigns, produce or coordinate with contractors to produce visual and written material, set and track performance metrics, plan events, represent the Climate Action Department in public, and develop relationships with partner organizations. This position works under the supervision of the Resource Efficiency Administrator. The position is termed, up to one year.  Salary is dependent upon qualifications. The posting closes on January, 19th 2018. The full job posting and application can be found here

Ryland French, Resource Efficiency Administrator
City of Aspen | Department of Environmental Health and Sustainability 
[email protected] | 970.429.1969
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