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June 29, 2021

If it Ain't Broke, Break it!

For last year's virtual Rocky Mt. Utility Exchange, we tried to replicate the in-person event online as authentically as possible. Attendance was similar to our in-person events, and folks appreciated being able to participate together live online. But for this year's event, we are breaking with the past format to encourage more smaller group interaction like we would normally have in the hallways or at mealtime at Aspen Meadows. This year's virtual-only agenda over four half-days will include eight 90-minute online exchanges with brief prepared remarks, interactive discussion in smaller, randomly-assigned breakouts, and then a larger group conversation with all participants. This will make more work for the session facilitators to keep the conversation moving, but the Advisory Committee believe this will be a better method to maintain the event's spirit and momentum until we can all get back together in-person in 2022.

The agenda is now published, online registration is open at www.utilityexchange.org/15th-conference-attend. We're thrilled to have so many returning sponsor organizations as well as new online who you can see listed at www.utilityexchange.org/15th-conference-sponsors.

We're continuing to make this annual event an exciting place to network and learn. And we're honoring this year's theme: "We're Changing! Come Change With Us!"

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

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

Agenda Online and Registration Open

The agenda is now published for the sessions to be presented live online at the 15th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange on Sept. 21 - Sept. 24, 2021. There will be eight 90-minute sessions presented live over 4 days. Session Topics will include:

  • 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 agenda format has been adjusted to encourage online interaction. Each session will follow this format:

  • Presentations: up to three 15-minute live case study presentations related to a central topic. Attendees will be encouraged to type questions/issues in chat for further discussion.
  • Breakout Groups: up to 30 minutes of breakout group discussion with randomly-assigned attendees facilitated by session presenters. Attendees will be encouraged to add their perspective and explore common challenges/opportunities related to the topic.
  • Wrap-up Discussion: up to 15 minutes to reconvene the full group to allow session presenters to report-out on key takeaways from the breakout discussion and respond to insights shared in the typed chat throughout the session.

Registration is now open for attendees and sponsors.

View Agenda and Register HERE

In the News

Zach Owens Joins Xcel Energy

Zachary Owens has accepted a position on Xcel Energy's Electric Transportation Team. Learn more HERE.

Zachary Owens

Grand Valley Power Earns Awards

GVP Communications Manager Christmas Wharton, and Communications Specialist Dana Pogar earned three national titles in NRECA's Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. Read new HERE.

Grand Valley Power Earns Awards

Kim Page Joins Savant Systems

Kim Page has a new role as Vice President of Utility Strategy and Business Development at Savant Systems. Learn more HERE.

Kim Page Joins Savant Systems

Eileen Wysocki is a World Record Holder

Eileen Wysocki is a Distributed Resource Programs Administrator at Holy Cross Electric, a presenter at this year's Exchange, and a Guinness World Record holder for most vertical feet snowshoed in a 24-hour period. Really. Learn more HERE.

Eileen Wysocki is a World Record Holder

Love Electric Website Launches

Providing energy efficiency information to Colorado homeowners is the focus of the new Love Electric website launched at the Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado. Learn more HERE.

Love Electric Website Launches

Meet the Advisory Committee

The agenda for the Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange is developed from submissions through 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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April 7, 2021

Keeping it Virtual in 2021

As much as we're all eager to get back together in person, we've decided to plan for the 15th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange in September 2021 to again be online only with the expectation that in 2022 we will be both in-person and online.

The Call for Presenters will launch in May with an enhanced agenda format to leverage what we liked best about last year's event and the other virtual events we've attended.  This will include half-day-long sessions with more audience interaction in small group exchanges.  Sponsor registrations are now being accepted.  Learn about Sponsor Opportunities at www.utilityexchange.org/15th-rmue-sponsor-opps

We are looking forward to connecting with you again online this fall. 

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf

RMUE

Last Year's Virtual Session Recordings Still Available

Recordings of all of last year's live sessions and workshops as well as the pre-recorded poster presentations are still available to all registrants of the 14th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange at the UtilityExchange.org website.  If you missed last year's virtual event and would like to view the recordings, you may still register HERE.  Visit the Resources Directory page for all other past proceedings.

Every fall for 13 years, industry professionals from utilities, government agencies, and solution providers in Colorado and neighboring states made the trek to Aspen. Last year we were only able to meet online but that didn't impact our registration numbers. Over 150 people registered to participate online in 2020. See the registrant list at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020

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Organizations in the News

Xcel Energy Launches 2021-22 Colorado DSM Plan

Effective April 1, Colorado customers of Xcel Energy now have some new rebate offerings for residential and business customers. Learn more HERE.

Xcel Energy

Could Texas Blackouts Happen in Colorado?

Holy Cross Energy CEO Bryan Hannegan had a conversation with a Colorado newspaper about the possibility of blackouts like occurred in Texas happening in Roaring Fork Valley. Read article HERE.

Holy Cross Energy

Fort Collins Expands Epic Homes Program

Fort Collins Utilities is expanding its Epic Homes program with a higher ceiling for home efficiency loans and a renewed focus on rental properties. Learn more HERE.

Fort Collins EPIC Homes Program

Tiger Adolf Recognized as one of 35 by BPA

The Building Performance Association (BPA) launched an interview series highlighting 35 incredible people who work in our industry in celebration of it 35th annual home performance conference. Learn more HERE.

Building Performance Association

Access Past Webinars as Podcasts

Even if you didn't participate in last year's virtual conference, consider "binge watching" the Electric Vehicle, Pricing, Customer Experience, and Clean Energy Transition webinars that are also accessible as podcasts. Listeners who choose to subscribe via their preferred podcast platform will receive these and future web recordings delivered to their phone, tablet, or computer without having to register each time. Learn more HERE or ask your automated voice assistant to play the Utility Exchange Web Series.

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September 2, 2020

Reinventing How We Network and Learn

We used to say the annual Aspen event was about both learning and networking because the agenda content drove people to register but the productivity of the informal conversations and connections were the glue that made everyone value the event even more.  It always seemed like every inch of the Aspen Meadows property was filled with small group discussions during our time there.  And the two-hour-long lunches were necessary not just to catch up on email from back at the office but to continue the conversations from the morning presentations.

How do we maintain this event culture in a virtual world?  Well, we've got a couple ideas for the Wednesday evening online reception  First, the Aspen Center for ACESEnvironmental Studies (ACES) has agreed to provide a live online session to meet their current rescued animals.  We started our relationship with ACES as a way to keep family members engaged during the reception while the spouses and/or significant others "talked shop."  A highlight (for some) was to watch the owl have its appetizer of a frozen mouse. Gulp.  But if that's not too your liking, mosey over to the virtual Poster Sessions where you can watch on-demand the brief (less-than-5-minute) recorded descriptions from the poster presenters and then pose your questions via email.  Also, several of our sponsors will host chat rooms where small groups may gather to explore specific topics.  And Tracy Mosher of the Aspen Meadows staff who has been there for EVERY ONE of our past Exchanges will be on-hand with a live update from the venue to tell us how they are weathering the pandemic storm.  She might even share some of chef's recipes for the amazing dishes there.  

How will you network at this year's virtual event?  Who do you want to meet?  You can see the over 110 people who have already registered at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020.  Let us know if you see someone there who you would like to meet, virtually, and we will connect you.  Making connections is what we've done every year at the Exchange; this year is no different in that regard.  View how the agenda is evolving at www.utilityexchange.org/14th-conference-agenda and begin to consider which sessions you won't want to miss.  We are looking forward to connecting with you online in a few weeks.

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf, UtilityExchange.org

RMUE

Over 110 Registered So Far - Look Who's Connecting 

Every fall for the past 13 years, industry professionals from utilities, government agencies, and solution providers in Colorado and neighboring states have made the trek to Aspen.  This year we are only able to meet online but that doesn't seem to be impacting our registration numbers.  So far, over 110 hearty souls have registered to participate online (see the registrant list at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020).  All registrants have online access to these activities: 

  • Tuesday Workshops.  Four presentations will offer a deep dive into key industry issues
  • Wednesday Roundtables. Facilitated, interactive roundtable discussion with registrants on what's getting them up in the morning... and keeping them up at night
  • General Sessions. Fast-paced presentations to the full group on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with Q&A follow-up
  • Wednesday Reception with Posters, Sponsors, and Animals. Virtual opportunities to connect with poster presenters, to visit sponsor chat rooms, and to meet rescue animals from the Aspen Environmental Center.  Refreshments are on-your-own but that's no reason to be alone.
  • Thursday Concurrent Sessions.  Small group breakouts on narrower topics with opportunity to switch between tracks

Recordings of all the live and pre-recorded poster presentations will be made available to all registrants via the UtilityExchange.org website. 

View Full Agenda Here

Organizations in the News

Ed Thomas to be Panelist for HomeServe Webinar on September 16

Ed Thomas, Executive Director of UtilityExchange.org will be a panelist for a free webinar titled "How are Utilities, Regulators and Customers Planning for a Changing Environment?" to be presented by HomeServe on September 16. Learn more and register HERE.

HomeServe

CREA Produces 2 Free Webinars on September 14 and 24 

The Colorado Rural Electric Association is producing 2 free webinars in September. "Path Toward Creating an RTO for Colorado" is the topic on September 14, and "How Co-ops Will Move Forward from the Pandemic" is  September 24.  Learn more and register HERE.

CREA

Federal Hydropower Supports California Energy Emergency

Western Area Power Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation joined forces between Aug. 14 and 19, 2020 to generate and transmit roughly 5,400 megawatt-hours in response to California’s energy emergency. Learn more HERE.

WAPA

Access Utility Exchange Web Series from Your Favorite Podcast Channel

The response to our recent web series was incredible with an average of 60 registrants per episode.  If you haven't already, we urge you to "binge watch" the Electric VehiclePricingCustomer Experience, and Clean Energy Transition webinars that are now available for free online.  

These 4 episodes are also accessible as podcasts. Listeners who choose to subscribe via their preferred podcast platform will receive these and future web recordings delivered to their phone, tablet, or computer without having to register each time. Learn more HERE or ask your virtual assistant to play the Utility Exchange Web Series.

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August 20, 2020

We Started 2020 with a Plan (and it wasn't this)

The most exciting parts of our recent Utility Exchange Web Series was when presenters were interrupted by barking animals or other humans.  It  connected audience and presenter as humans doing the best we can.  It made the shared experience real.  Tiger and I prepared all the presenters before we started each webcast to not worry when something went wrong.  But, we jokingly added: "Remember that we had a plan."  The success of our 4-part web series gives us the confidence to announce that all our workshops and sessions at this year's 14th Rocky Mt. Utility Exchange will be presented live with plenty of opportunity for interaction.  The only exception will be the poster presentations which will be pre-recorded.  We are prepared to have technical glitches.  We hope you will tune in live to keep things real and celebrate life's glitches.  See how the agenda is evolving at www.utilityexchange.org/14th-conference-agenda.

 We are looking forward to connecting with you online in September.

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf, UtilityExchange.org

RMUE

Over 110 Registered So Far - Look Who's Connecting 

We are delighted to announce that over 100 industry professionals have registered to participate in our multi-day live event next month.  Get a peek at who's connecting at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020. 

Every fall for the past 13 years, industry professionals from utilities, government agencies, and solution providers in Colorado and neighboring states have made the trek to Aspen.  This year we are only able to meet online but that doesn't seem to be impacting our registration numbers.  So far, over 100 hearty souls have registered to participate online (see the registrant list at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020).  All registrants have access to live presentations of these activities: 

  • Tuesday Workshops.  4 presentations will offer a deep dive into key industry issues
  • Wednesday Roundtables. Facilitated, interactive roundtable discussion with registrants on what's getting them up in the morning.. and keeping them up at night
  • General Sessions. Fast-paced presentations to the full group on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with Q&A follow-up
  • Wednesday Reception with Posters, Sponsors, and Animals. Virtual opportunities to connect with poster presenters, to visit sponsor chat rooms, and to meet rescue animals from the Aspen Environmental Center.  Refreshments are on-your-own but that's no reason to be alone.
  • Thursday Concurrent Sessions.  Small group breakouts on narrower topics with opportunity to switch between tracks

Recordings of all the live and pre-recorded poster presentations will be made available to all registrants via the UtilityExchange.org website. 

View Full Agenda Here

Organizations in the News

Homes Will Have 20 Connected Devices by 2025

Parks Associates research finds U.S. broadband households have an average of 12 connected devices, which will increase to 20 by 2025, creating opportunities for service providers and manufacturers to deploy new value-added services to support the home network and all its devices.  Patrice Samuels will discuss this research in a Friday morning session at this year's Exchange. Learn more HERE.

Patrice Samuels

Xcel Energy Planning for 1.5 million EVs by 2030

Xcel Energy has published its plan to drive toward powering 1.5 million electric vehicles in its service areas by 2030. As a result of this vision, EVs would make up 20% of all vehicles on the road in those areas, more than 30 times the number today. Learn more HERE.

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Colorado Energy Office Develops EV Roadmap and Plan

E Source partnered with the Colorado Energy Office to develop a roadmap identifying the information consumers need before making an EV purchase.  It is a foundational element of the state's Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020. View Roadmap HERE and Plan HERE.

Colorado  Energy Office

Access Utility Exchange Web Series from Your Favorite Podcast Channel

The response to our recent web series was incredible with an average of 60 registrants per episode.  If you haven't already, we urge you to "binge watch" the Electric VehiclePricingCustomer Experience, and Clean Energy Transition webinars that are now available for free online.  

These 4 episodes are also accessible as podcasts. Listeners who choose to subscribe via their preferred podcast platform will receive these and future web recordings delivered to their phone, tablet, or computer without having to register each time. Learn more HERE or ask your assistant to play the Utility Exchange Web Series.

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August 2020

Pivoting from In-Person to Online Meeting

Thank you for supporting the mutual decision to not meet in-person in Aspen this year. Now the challenge is re-imagining how we will meet online. We appreciate the over 80 of you who have already registered to meet online this year (see who at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020. Our most recent webinar on Customer Experience attracted over 100 registrants from as far away as Guam as well as some of the "usual suspects" from Colorado and neighboring states. If you haven't already, we urge you to "binge watch" the Electric Vehicle, Pricing, and Customer Experience webinars we've recorded, and join us for the upcoming Clean Energy Transition webinar scheduled for August 11.

Our current plans are to present as much of the content as possible "live" using a Gotowebinar or Gotomeeting web platform because Zoom, Skype and Teams have limitations among some utility partners. We will pre-record the poster sessions and incorporate real-time chats as well as polls, surveys, and a Sponsor and Poster Showcase "secret word" drawing to keep things interactive. The popular roundtable discussion on Wednesday morning is a special challenge that we are thinking through with the help of the Utility Advisory Committee and Sponsors. See how the agenda is evolving at www.utilityexchange.org/14th-conference-agenda.

We are looking forward to connecting with you online in September.

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf, UtilityExchange.org

Clean Energy Webcast

Learn Online About Clean Energy Transition on August 11

Learn how utilities, government agencies, and solution providers are developing and implementing programs and activities to advance clean energy and sustainability initiatives. This webinar/podcast will offer insight on what has already been accomplished, offer an overview of planning underway with a focus on the role of utilities, and take a shallow dive into topics and challenges utilities continue to face in transportation electrification. Snapshot panelists will offer a snapshot of what they plan to present in greater detail at the 14th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange this fall. The free webinar/podcast on August 11 will follow this 90-minute format:

  • Snapshot Panel. Up to 6 presentations of up to 5 minutes each on this topic (up to 30 minutes)
  • Industry Discussion. Questions and comments between presenters and all webinar registration (up to 30 minutes)
  • Utility Exchange. Candid roundtable discussion among only those webinar registrants who are with a private, public or cooperative-owner utility. All other attendees will be dismissed before this portion of the agenda begins. (up to 30 minutes)

Recordings of the Snapshot Panel and Industry Discussion will be made available to anyone at no charge via the UtilityExchange.org website and all podcast platforms. The utility-only portion of the agenda will not be recorded or transcribed to respect the confidentiality of the participants.

Learn More and Register

Organizations in the News

Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group Announce New CEO

Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group announced the appointment of Jim Madej as the company’s new chief executive officer. Madej succeeds founder Paul Schueller, who has served as CEO since Franklin Energy’s inception in 1994 and recently announced his transition to the company’s board of directors. Learn more HERE.

Jim Madej

Public Service Company of Colorado Files DSM Plan for 2020-2021

Public Service Company of Colorado filed its combined electric and natural gas 2021-22 Demand Side Management Plan on July 1. The DSM Plan is grounded in a continuance of preceding years’ successful
approaches, in combination with necessary adjustments made to improve DSM offerings to
reflect market shifts and integrate emerging technologies, and to be responsive to the
Commission’s Decision in the 2017 DSM Strategic Issues Proceeding. Learn more HERE.

DSM Plan Cover

Load Flexibility Potential Projected in Brattle Group Report

A recent Brattle Group study concluded that there is 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility potential in the U.S., which could be worth more than $15 billion per year by 2030. The report addresses the important role of load flexibility in decarbonization initiatives by integrating renewables and mitigating the rising costs of grid modernization and electrification. Ryan Hledik will summarize the key findings of the study in a Wednesday afternoon session at this year's Exchange. View report HERE.

Ryan Hledik

Access Utility Exchange Webcasts from Your Favorite Podcast Channel

Listeners may choose to register and participate in Utility Exchange Web Series webcasts individually in real-time via GotoWebinar or access the recording on a website page at a later time to also view presenters' contact information and any related background materials. But wait, there's more! We also push the webcast recording to our Utility Exchange Web Series podcast feed. Listeners who choose to subscribe via their preferred podcast platform will receive these recordings delivered to their phone, tablet, or computer without having to register each time through Gotowebinar. Learn more HERE or ask your assistant to play the Utility Exchange Web Series.

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