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.


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

February 1, 2022

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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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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