July 18, 2022

A New Venue in Avon

For 13 years the Exchange was presented at the Aspen Meadows Resort. The event space was ideal as our group grew from about 50 to over 100 attendees. This year we're moving to the Westin Riverside in Avon. It will be a much easier drive for those arriving by car, and much closer to Denver, Eagle County, and Grand Junction airports. Also, the meeting and lunch room there will better accomodate the over 150 people that we are anticipating this year based on how many names are on the registration list at www.utilityexchange.org/16th-exchange-look-whos-coming. As much as we will miss Aspen, we're glad for the room to grow.

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

Audience reaction

Exchange Preview Webinar/Podcast on August 3

If you are a first-time attendee or still on the fence about registering, we hope you'll join us live for a Exchange Preview webinar on August 3 at 10:30 a.m. Mountain, or listen to it afterward on the Utility Exchange podcast channel. We'll review the agenda and activities planned and suggest ways to make the most of the learning and networking opportunities.

Learn More and Register
for Preview Webinar HERE

Ryland French Joins CORE

Ryland French has joined the Community Office for Resource Efficiency as its first senior director of regional climate strategy. Ryland was most recently with Aspen Skiing Company. Read the news at CLICK HERE and hear Ryland speak at this year's Exchange.

Ryland French

Opinion Dynamics Publishes Heat Pump Study

Learn lessons from mature heat pump programs in 6 states from a comprehensive heat pump market characterization study by Opinion Dynamics to inform decision-making and goal setting for nascent heat pump programs. Learn more at CLICK HERE and hear Jen Loomis speak at this year's Exchange.

Jen Loomis

Brad Davids Joins Energy Outreach Colorado Board

Brad Davids has joined the Board of Directors at Energy Outreach Colorado, a statewide non-profit serving low-income consumers and an Exchange sponsor. Brad is a past Exchange participant. Learn more at CLICK HERE.

16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange

Join us for a Sneak Peek Preview of 16th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange

If you are a first-time attendee or still on the fence about registering, we hope you'll join us live for this free online sneak peek preview webinar on Wednesday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time or listen to it afterward on the Utility Exchange podcast channel. We'll review the agenda and activities planned, suggest ways to make the most of the learning and networking opportunities, and answer your questions about the event. We'll record this, so go ahead and register even if you can't attend and you'll have access to the recording.

The Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is a networking and professional development forum for utility and government organization staff as well as industry allies. The target audience is the 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. The agenda is developed from submissions through a call for presenters that are reviewed by a Scoring Group comprised of the Advisory Committee and sponsor organization representatives.

View the Recording

Utility and Government Roundtable

This popular session kicks off the Exchange with brief introductions by designated representatives from each utility and government agency present highlighting one topic they'd like to discuss, learn or share. Following introductions, there is a robust open discussion of the hot topics identified during the introductions. All registrants are welcome to attend this opening discussion.


Best practices and lessons learned are the focus of the Exchange. Case-study oriented, with plenty of time for a discussion led by Session Co-Chairs, topics will include:

  • Beneficial Electrification Strategies
  • Distributed Energy Resource Tactics
  • Heat Pump Insights
  • Residential Customer Engagement
  • Income-Qualified Customer Focus
  • Commercial Customer Initiatives
  • Looking Back to the Future
To Learn More, Click Here

Building Battery and EV Workshops

Workshops on Building Battery Innovations and Electric Vehicle Drivers will be presented Monday at no additional fee with conference registration. To view the workshop agendas, click here, and select the Monday tab.

BPI CEUs Available

Continuing Education Units from the Building Performance Institute have been identified for eligible agenda sessions as shown on the agenda. Learn more about how to obtain credit at Frequently Asked Questions.

Learn More & Register Here

June 1, 2022

First-timers and Old-timers Alike

As we look over how the registrant has grown to over 100 people list, we see that this fall's event is shaping up to be exactly what we've come to expect in recent years. About half of the pre-registrants are from utilities or government agencies, and the other half represent trade allies and non-profit organizations. Most registrants are from Colorado and neighboring states, but we have people traveling from as far away as Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Washington DC. About half tell us that this will be their first time attending in-person. And over 10 people planning to attend this year have participated in at least 10 of the past 15 Exchanges. We look forward to seeing you all, in-person, this fall!

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

Audience reaction

Look Who's Coming! Over 100 Registered So Far!

You can get a peek at the link below of the type of people who have already registered for this year's Exchange. From the professional titles and organizations listed, you should be able to get a feel for the like-minded people who will gather If this looks like the kind of people who you want to learn and network with, then we hope you will make plans to join us.

Chris Bilby Named Emerging Leader

Chris Bilby, Research & Program Engineer, Holy Cross Energy, is a recipient of Rocky Mt. Electric League's 2022 Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes and honors RMEL members who have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service in the electric utility industry. Read the news at CLICK HERE and hear Chris speak at this year's Exchange.

Chris Bilby

Huntsville Utilities Chooses Trynzic

Having just completed their Advanced Metering Infrastructure deployment, Huntsville Utilities will now realize proactive service chain operations capabilities using Trynzic’s workflow software. Learn more at CLICK HERE. Trynzic is a sponsor at this year's Exchange.

16th Exchange Featured Sponsors


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
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