Friday, June 29, 2012

Colorado Renewable Energy Meet Ups, Organizations, Clubs for Solar, Wind, Sustainability and Green Activities!

Sustainability Calendar of Events 

Colorado is known for many things whether you are a Bronco's fan, a mountain addict headed to the Hills on weekends or someone who is eager to find out more about our Great Green state, this is the place.

There are a number of organizations and groups to get involved in whether you are just looking around or involved heavily within the Renewable Energy Sector.  Take a look and see what you think, hope to see you at the next Energy meeting!

Click Here for July's Green Events at Alliance For Sustainable Colorado
Colorado's Top Organizations and Meet Up Groups Click Here
Groups Include:
The Renewable Energy Initiative
Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure Council
Boulder Sustainable Energy Network
Sustainable Empowerment  in the Front Range

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Report Says Energy Efficiency Is More Important Than Renewable Energy

 New Report Says Energy Efficiency Is More Important Than Renewable Energy
 Link from John Howley Green Energy

A new report confirms what I have been saying for at least the past ten years. That is, Energy Efficiency will improve our energy independence and reduce our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions faster, cheaper, and by a greater amount than even the most optimistic projections for solar, wind, and all other renewable energy sources combined. Titled "The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential: What the Evidence Suggests," the new report is from the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report outlines three scenarios under which the U.S. could either continue on its current path or cut energy consumption by the year 2050 almost 60 percent, add nearly two million net jobs in 2050, and save energy consumers as much as $400 billion per year (the equivalent of $2600 per household annually).

  According to the ACEEE, America is thinking too small when it comes to energy efficiency, while also making the mistake of "crowding out" economically beneficial investments in energy efficiency by focusing on riskier and more expensive bids to develop new energy sources. So why aren't we investing in Energy Efficiency? Because it is difficult to make money in Energy Efficiency when energy prices are so low. When the price of energy is low, then every BTU or KWH you save by becoming more energy efficient is worth very little. As energy prices rise, every BTU or KWH saved becomes that much more valuable. Just today, the New York Times reports that oil and gas companies are "flaring" or burning off natural gas at oil wells because the price of natural gas is so low right now that it is cheaper to waste the gas than to find a place to store it. This is an incredibly inefficient use of resources. The inefficiency has absolutely nothing to do with the state of technology. The inefficiency is driven 100% by the low price of natural gas. Why bother saving natural gas, when it is actually cheaper to waste it? The other barrier holding back energy efficiency is the dispersion of benefits.

 Unlike a power plant, where the owners of the plant can capture the lion's share of the economic benefits, the benefits of energy efficiency tend to be more dispersed and indirect. According to the ACEEE, increased investments in energy efficiency would allow lower investments in power plants and other supply infrastructure, thereby substantially lowering overall energy expenditures on an economy-wide basis in the residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, and electric power sectors. In plain English, the people who pay for increases in energy efficiency don't necessarily get all the benefits directly. What we need -- and what the ACEEE urges -- are government policies that incentivize a longer-term and society-wide view to the issue of energy sustainability and independence. And the new ACEEE report provides the data to back up the long-term benefits both to investors and to the health of the U.S. economy. Examples of potential large-scale energy efficiency savings identified by ACEEE include the following: Electric Power.

 Our current system of generating and delivering electricity to U.S. homes and businesses is an anemic 31 percent energy efficient. That is, for every three units of coal or other fuel we use to generate the power, we manage to deliver less than one unit of electricity to our homes and businesses. What the U.S. wastes in the generation of electricity is more than Japan needs to power its entire economy. What is even more astonishing is that our current level of (in)efficiency is essentially unchanged in the half century since 1960, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower spent his last year in the White House. Transportation. The fuel economy of conventional petroleum-fueled vehicles continues to grow while hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles gain large shares, totaling nearly three-quarters of all new light-duty vehicles in 2050 in the report's middle scenario. Aviation, rail, and shipping energy use declines substantially in this scenario through a combination of technological and operational improvements. In the most aggressive scenario, there is a shift toward more compact development patterns, and greater investment in alternative modes of travel and other measures that reduce both passenger and freight vehicle miles traveled. This scenario also phases out conventional light-duty gasoline vehicles entirely, increases hybrid and fuel cell penetration for heavy-duty vehicles, and reduces aviation energy use by 70 percent. Buildings.

 In residential and commercial buildings the evidence suggests potential reductions of space heating and cooling needs as the result of building shell improvements of up to 60 percent in existing buildings, and 70-90 percent in new buildings. The ACEEE scenarios also incorporate advanced heating and cooling systems (e.g., gas and ground-source air conditioners and heat pumps and condensing furnaces and boilers), decreased energy distribution losses, advanced solid-state lighting, and significantly more efficient appliances. Industry. In the industrial sector, energy efficiency opportunities reduce 2050 energy use by up to half, coming less from equipment efficiency and more from optimization of complex systems. The ACEEE analysis focuses on process optimization in the middle scenario, but also anticipates even greater optimization of entire supply chains in the most aggressive scenario, allowing for more efficient use of feedstocks and elimination of wasted production. Are such advances in energy efficiency realistic? As the ACEEE report points out, the U.S. already has achieved considerable advances in the energy efficiency context and is poised to do more: "

The U.S. economy has tripled in size since 1970 and three-quarters of the energy needed to fuel that growth came from an amazing variety of efficiency advances—not new energy supplies. Indeed, the overwhelming emphasis in current policy debates on finding new energy supplies is such that emphasis on new supplies may be crowding out investments and innovations that can help to achieve greater levels of energy productivity.

Going forward, the current economic recovery, and our future economic prosperity, will depend more on new energy efficiency behaviors and investments than we've seen in the last 40 years."
John J.P. Howley

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Four Ways to Get Denver Renewable Energy Green Employers and Recruiters To Come After You When Job Searching

Four Ways to Make Employers and Recruiters Come After You!
Jobs Info Trends Blog Link 

Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Utilizing job listings, networking in your industry (and other industries) and applying to companies you want to work at -- these are all great ways to go after a job. But how can you make employers and recruiters come after you? We asked Career Rocketeer's Chris Perry, a career-search and personal-branding expert, for four self-promotion tips. Here's what he advises for the modern job seeker:

1. Start Blogging Starting and maintaining your own blog requires commitment and an investment of your time, energy and creativity. While you can blog on any topic you desire, focusing your blog's theme and content to better serve your industry can be an outstanding way to show off your personal brand and demonstrate your unique value to potential employers and career stakeholders. A blog can be a great entrepreneurial venture to include on your resume and online profiles, and it demonstrates industry involvement and contribution outside of your full-time experience. Blogs are easy to start on numerous free and self-hosted platforms.

2. Get QuotedWhether you start your own blog or contribute guest posts regularly to industry-related blogs, getting quoted in blogs, online magazines, books and printed periodicals adds a new credential for you to tout in your job search and boosts your personal brand. Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a free service that links journalists, bloggers and authors who need quotes from experts and experts-to-be who can provide them. Sign up to receive daily queries from HARO, and respond as often as possible (and as appropriate) to queries related to your field or areas of interest. Before long, you may be quoted in the Wall Street Journal or interviewed for a leading blog, which will increase your credibility across your network and beyond.

3. Get to Know the Important Players in Your IndustryMost job seekers and professionals neglect informational interviews, likely because they sound boring, hard to get, ineffective or all of the above. But informational interviews are actually powerfully effective both in your job search and in your professional networking. By reaching out and asking for a few minutes to learn about a fellow professional's career and experience as well as for a bit of advice (note: this does not mean asking for a job), you get a chance to introduce yourself and your brand, and make a stronger connection with someone new. While this person may not be hiring when you meet, you are now on his radar and may be the first candidate he calls for his next opening.

4. Step Up to the PodiumIf you like public speaking and have something relevant to share with your peers, whether it be advice, experience or case studies, consider developing a presentation or series of presentations you can pitch to various industry associations, alumni groups and other organizations. Whether they're webinars or in-person events, your presentations will set you apart as a confident thought leader who has true value to share with others, whether it be an audience or an employer. Research organizations and associations to find out the topics and events they are currently offering, so you can then offer something to serve unmet needs or complement their current event programming.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Vestas CEO: U.S. Wind Market To Drop 80% Without Tax Credit, More Changes in Colorado & Abound

U.S. wind market to drop 80% without tax credit Denver Business Journal Date:
Monday, June 11, 2012 Link

The chief executive of Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer, said the U.S. market for wind turbines is likely to fall by 80 percent in 2013 if Congress allows a federal production tax credit to expire later this year. Vestas operates four factories for wind turbine components in Colorado, employing some 1,600 workers.

The Reuters news agency quotes Ditlev Engel, CEO of the Danish company, as saying at a gathering of government officials in Denmark Sunday that the federal tax credit, which is critical for financing wind projects in the U.S., is unlikely to get extended during an election year, leading to a rush of wind-power activity in the U.S. this year ahead of its expiration.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Denver Mayor Touts World Energy Forum and Renewable Energy Job Growth in Colorado

The inaugural World Renewable Energy Forum will come to the Denver Convention Center in a week, bringing thousands of representatives from 66 countries. The event "will be the first time that solar energy powerhouses will come together under one roof to advance the use of solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies worldwide," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said today.

"We are excited to host this inaugural event with global energy leaders to discuss how to meet the world's economic, environmental and security challenges through the advancement of renewable energy technologies," said the mayor.

 While touting the forum, Hancock also said that Denver "is a national leader in the energy industry" and the forum will "shine a bright spotlight on this booming sector." "Job growth is happening right here in Denver by renewable energy companies from around the nation and around the world, and by the city and county of Denver," said the mayor. Hancock said that since 2010, more than 100 jobs have been created through programs and initiatives managed by the city. And as recently as this week, he added, the city has launched a call center and hired three employees to assist Denver residents and businesses on their path to save energy as a part of the Denver Energy Challenge.

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