May 4, 2022

Agenda includes E.V.'s, B.E., D.E.R.'s & more

Our industry loves acronyms but this year's agenda spells out a wide range of hot topics presented IN-PERSON by over 70 participants in nine 90-minute sessions over 4 days. Check out the agenda published online at www.utilityexchange.org/16th-exchange-agenda. The agenda was developed from submissions through a call for presenters that were reviewed by a Scoring Group comprised of the Advisory Committee and sponsor organization representatives. The result is candid discussions of utility case studies and field applications. Please make plans now to join us this fall!

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

Westin Riverside

Get a Room! Westin Riverside Already 50% Full

When you register for the Exchange, you may access our guest room block at the Westin Riverfront in the Vail Valley at Avon, Colorado. But over 50% of the block is already reserved so don't wait. Our special room rate is $229 per night for a Studio King Suite or Traditional Two Queen Rooms with standard view with reduced resort and parking fees. We won't be at the Aspen Meadows Resort this year due to renovation plans.

Aspen Ski Co. Goes All-Electric

Learn how Aspen Ski Co. went all-electric when it built The Hub at Willits, a 43-unit housing complex. Read the case study at CLICK HERE and hear Ryland French and Lisa Reed talk about it at this year's Exchange.

Aspen Ski Co

Holy Cross Energy CEO on Podcast

Bryan Hannegan has been an Exchange keynote presenter twice - first in 2016 when he led the National Renewable Energy Labs and again after he joined Holy Cross Energy as CEO. Hear about his personal career journey and the co-op's path to 100% clean energy at CLICK HERE.

Bryan Hannegan

Fast-Charging Corridor Completed

Colorado Energy Office has announced the completion of the first of six electric vehicle fast-charging corridors in Colorado. To learn more CLICK HERE

Fast Charging Cooridor

Duke Energy Earns PLMA Award

Lon Huber of Duke Energy recently accepted a thought leadership award for innovative rate design and smart device integration from Peak Load Management Alliance. Read the utility news release at CLICK HERE and hear Lon discuss their initiatives with Tom Hines at this year's Exchange.

Lon Huber
 

March 3, 2022

What topics should be on the agenda?

What topics are you eager to share with your peers at this fall's event? You have until March 27 to propose a presentation topic for consideration by the Advisory Committee. Self-nominations are welcome if you have a perspective that would interest our core audience. It's also O.K. to consider who else you would like to hear speak and urge them to submit themselves as a presenter. More details are offered below. Please make plans now to join us this fall!

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange, Sept. 26-29, 2022, Avon, Colorado

Wanna be a Presenter? 3 Top Tips to Get on Agenda

Here are the 3 top ways boost your chances of getting your presentation proposal accepted to be on the agenda:

  • Relevant to target audience. Be sure your topic relates directly to the core audience of program managers at energy utilities in Colorado and neighboring states. Do some homework by reviewing the topics presented at least year’s virtual event and check out the titles of the people who attended last time at www.utilityexchange.org/15th-exchange-look-who-connected..
  • Utility Case Study. The Advisory Committee gives higher marks to case studies from utility staff presenters with or without a co-presenter from a trade ally. Exceptions are made for topics that offer an end-use customer perspective or offer research finding from multiple utilities.
  • Not a sales pitch or a sermon. Proposals that read too commercial or too preachy don’t make it onto the agenda.

It's easy to get your presentation idea onto the agenda if you grab the interest of several Advisory Committee members. That’s because the agenda for the Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is developed from submissions following an open call for presenters that are reviewed by the Advisory Committee. Learn who is on the Committee HERE. New this year, representatives from all the Platinum and Gold level sponsor organizations are invited to help score the session submission and participate in the Committee discussion to review the session score rankings. Learn who has already committed to be a sponsor HERE.

If you know a Committee member or someone from a sponsor organization, it wouldn’t be wrong of you to run your presentation idea past them in advance to see if it’s appropriate.

Presenter Submission Details HERE

Heat Pump Resources for Contractors

Review and share the training resources available at www.loveelectric.org, funded by the Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado. Also Xcel Energy, among other utilities, produces trainings for Colorado HVAC allies. Some are linked here: Heat Pump Conversation; Heat Pumps in Cold Climates; Heat Pump Sales Training; and Beneficial Electrification: Will the Grid be Ready?

Love Electric

Camus Energy and Holy Cross Share Case Study

Learn how Holy Cross Energy is utilizing Camus’ grid management software to pursue 100% renewable energy supply by 2030. Chris Bilby of Holy Cross Energy and Dylan Cutler of Camus Energy produced a webinar on the topic and the recording link is at www.camus.energy/hcewebinar.

Camus Energy

EnergyHub Acquires Packetized Energy

With the acquisition of Packetized Energy, EnergyHub will be offering its clients even greater insights and capabilities to generate value from distributed energy resources. Learn more HERE.

Energy Hub
 

August 17, 2021

Let's Meet Again in Person!

We hope you're safe and healthy. We are. As much as we appreciated getting together virtually in 2020 and 2021, we are making plans to get together in-person in 2022.

The 16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange will take place on September 26-29, 2022 at the Westin Riverfront hotel in Vail Valley instead of our past Aspen location. The Advisory Committee and past sponsor organizations have all expressed their desire for us to produce the event one more time the way it used to be in the "before times." Our hope is to transfer event production responsibilities to someone else in the future.

We have no plans to make this a hybrid event in 2022. Our intention is to get back together in-person instead of online. The Call for Presenters is now open and event registration details are online. Please make plans now to join us this fall!

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange, Sept. 26-29, 2022, Avon, Colorado

Call for Presenters Now Open

The Advisory Committee is now accepting session proposals for the 16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange. This is expected to be an in-person only event. The target audience is the mist-level staff of energy utilities serving Colorado and neighboring states who are responsible for the design and delivery of customer-centric utility programs, including resource efficiency/sustainability, load management/growth, distributed energy, and customer/member service operations.

Presenter Submission Details HERE

Meet the Advisory Committee

The agenda for the Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is developed from submissions following an open call for presenters that are reviewed by the Advisory Committee. Learn who is on the Committee HERE.

New this year, representatives from all the Platinum and Gold level sponsor organizations are invited to help score the session submission and participate in the Committee discussion to review the session score rankings. Learn who has already committed to be a sponsor HERE.

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Call for Presenters Now Underway Through March 27

The Advisory Committee is now accepting session proposals for the 16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange to be presented September 26-29, 2022, at Westin Riverfront in Avon, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is a networking and professional development conference for utility and government organization staff as well as industry allies who provide products and services to support utility customer programs.

The agenda will explore best practices and lessons learned about initiatives related to energy (gas and electricity) efficiency, water conservation, strategy, issues, and integration with renewable energy, flexible load management, strategic load growth, and other customer-facing initiatives. Share with us how your organization is collaborating with utilities and/or other allies to take a customer-oriented approach to achieve greater impacts in residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial end-use applications.

The agenda format will include 90-minute workshops and sessions with ample time provided for audience discussion. Current plans are for the agenda to include two workshops, the roundtable, and seven general sessions presented over 4 days. Each session will be facilitated by an Advisory Committee member. The preferred submission is a 20-minute general session presentation followed by 10 minutes of audience Q&A. In-depth, interactive workshop submissions up to 90 minutes may also be proposed.

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September 30, 2021

Keeping the Vibe Alive

We did it! Working together, we were successful in leveraging the spirit of past in-person Exchanges for a second year in the virtual world. We've all gotten way too good at screen sharing, but as a result, everyone who presented felt comfortable sharing what they knew, and those "in the audience" weren't shy about offering their subject expertise and/or asking questions. The randomly-assigned breakout discussions felt like a casual hallway chat, as we had hoped. The presenters never had enough time to cover topics in sufficient detail, but that's the Exchange's "secret sauce." Most left the sessions wanting to know more and confident that we had matched them with peers who had answers or, at the very least, those with similar questions or concerns.

For those who missed participating, this year's content was presented over four half-days with eight 90-minute online exchanges that included brief prepared remarks, interactive discussion in smaller breakouts, and then a larger group conversation with all participants. If you haven't already, take a moment to watch this video where the session facilitators discuss their topic area.

15th RMUE Sneek Peak Video

Over 170 people from energy utilities, government agencies, solution providers, and other industry allies registered for the 15th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange. See who connected at www.utilityexchange.org/15th-exchange-look-whos-connecting.

Thanks again to all those who made this year's theme the most appropriate ever: "We're Changing! Come Change With Us!"

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

15th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange, Sept. 21 - 24, 2021

Presentation Slides Now Online

The session slides are now available for those who participated in this year's Exchange. When registrants log-in with their email address and password, they can also view how to contact the presenters and other attendees. The slides are organized chronologically in the order the session topic was presented:

  • Silo-Busting Collaboration, Partnership, and Innovation Development
  • Equity and Income-Qualified Program Considerations
  • Consumer Engagement with Communication Strategies and Tactics That Work
  • Energy Efficiency: Swipe Right or Left
  • Electric Vehicles: Driving Change in the Utility
  • Beneficial Electrification as a Paradigm Shift
  • Distributed Energy Resources: Feeling unDER the Stress
  • Evolution of Utility Leadership in Business Models/Markets

The presentations were not recorded in order to encourage candid online interaction.

View Slides HERE (after log-in)

Meet the Advisory Committee

The agenda for the Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is developed from submissions following an open call for presenters that are reviewed by the Advisory Committee. Committee members also serve as the session facilitators. Learn who is on the Committee HERE.

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