switch~3 October 29, 2013 at the Fox Theater
You VOTED. And this is who YOU CHOSE.
Lights & Sex
CFLs came to the fore in the 90s, promising better efficiency, longer life and great light! 20 years later, CFLs are still on their way… government standards, utility efficiency programs and marketing campaigns have edged CFLs into most homes where they merely exist as a tolerated commodity. Despite all this pushing, skeptics remain clinging to their incandescent lights and CFL saturation levels remain stubbornly modest. So why would a new lighting technology, such as LEDs, be any different? Why would the masses embrace LEDs when CFLs received only an acknowledging glance? Why? Because LEDs are sexy and CFLs are not.
Bio: Anders Wood is a mechanical engineer at Cadmus where he works mostly on residential evaluation projects, specializing in lighting and water efficiency measures. Previously, Anders designed wind turbines for GE Energy. Anders has an M.S. in mechanical engineering and bachelor’s degrees in engineering, physics and art. In his free time he enjoys anything and everything outdoors, including skiing, running, camping, climbing and hiking.
The Role of Renewables in Grid Reliability
An informative yet easily palatable presentation that focuses on one of the challenges that we face when integrating more renewable energy; maintaining a reliable grid. The appetizer provides an overview of grid reliability with analogies that every layman can digest. The main course consists of organic renewable energy with a mandatory side serving of reserve generation when paired with a vintage method of grid operation. The dessert offering is a sweet story of renewables providing reliability services to the grid. Don’t forget your coupons from ongoing improvements in forecasting capabilities, grid operations, and power markets. Bon Appétit!
Bio: Jacob Aho is a doctoral student in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department at CU Boulder and vice president of the CU Energy club. His research focus is on wind energy control systems, particularly for the provision of active power ancillary services for grid reliability. Jacob was born and raised in NH, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of New Hampshire. He enjoys outdoor activities, playing sports, and photography.
Your Forecasts Are Wrong
Utility planning, both short and long-term, often fails to capture the true complexity of the future. Scenario-based modelling is the industry standard, but this technique ignores how weather, loads, and prices have operated historically. Scenario-based methodologies can also unintentionally harm utilities when the models’ predictions don’t come to fruition.
Utilizing numerical simulations based on proven fundamental economic relationships can create a more robust view of the future; this stochastic approach allows for statistically superior generation optimization, hedging, and asset planning. Illustrating these best-practice strategies will help energy-industry professionals approach future states modelling with greater knowledge and technical efficacy.
Bio: Alexander Lauderbaugh has 4 years of energy market experience. He currently works at Ascend Analytics where he leads long-term asset planning and hedging strategies. Mr. Lauderbaugh was previously employed at a boutique energy trading firm where he developed trade valuation algorithms and risk and income models for real-time, day-ahead, and monthly trades across multiple markets. Alex also has significant experience assessing energy technology markets and providing business intelligence to clients while working at Pike Research and Navigant. He holds an honor’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.
A Micro Solution to the Macro Challenge of Climate Change
As communities and corporations alike face a future where the threats of climate change draw ever nearer, they are faced with many choices to combat climate change, or prepare for it. In a world of limited resources, these choices may appear mutually exclusive, but the reality is they don’t have to be. Investing in microgrids that integrate distributed, renewable resources can provide us an energy infrastructure that is both more reliable and more sustainable all at once.
Bio: Leia Guccione works as a consultant with the Rocky Mountain Institute where she advises business and industry in the transformation of global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. Before joining RMI, Leia served as an engineering officer in the United States Navy. She now leverages her experience as a power plant supervisor to help transform U.S. and global energy systems into dynamic networks that are both more renewable, and more reliable.
The Solution to All Your Fracking Problems
The natural gas industry currently faces strong opposition to Fracking (hydraulic fracturing). Parties on both sides of the cause are adamant about their beliefs. Protestors claim this practice is harmful to water supplies and will result in permanent or very costly and time intensive clean up needs. Proponents state the technology is proven, safe, and is a solution to climate concerns associated with energy consumption. This upbeat talk will provide a brief overview of the current state of the Fracking industry, followed by a suggested strategy to increase transparency and protect both sides with unarguable fact-based information.
Bio: Cherlyn Seruto, Project Analyst at Nexant, has a decade of experience in the energy and sustainability consulting fields. This includes Energy Specialist for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians; Sustainable Design Consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute; and Ecological Risk Assessor at Geomega. Ms. Seruto holds a M.S. in Environmental Toxicology, and manages a volunteer water quality sampling program through the Colorado Ocean Coalition under the Colorado Department of Wildlife.
Waste Heat to Power in the Most Unlikely Places
There is as much as 10 GW of potential waste heat power in the US, and technologies to capture this power are continuing to improve. For over a century, a small percentage of this was captured through steam cycle units, then eventually through the use of fluids with lower boiling points to capture power at incrementally lower heat levels. As technologies evolve, and the prices to implement come down, we can look into converting waste heat to power in some unlikely places. For example, using body heat to power watches and flashlights. Converting heat in a car’s engine to usable electricity. Capturing the heat of the ocean to power a resort in the South China Sea. And using the waste heat from the oil & gas industry to produce renewable energy right here in Colorado. My company, TeraWatt, is working with Oil & Gas companies in Colorado to turn hot water by product into usable electric power.
Bio: Mike is Co-Founder of TeraWatt Power Solutions, LLC, a Denver-based developer of renewable energy projects using existing oil & gas infrastructure. Most recently he was an Associate at Oppenheimer & Co., a New York based Investment Bank, where he focused on advising and capital raising for growing energy and technology companies. Prior to Oppenheimer, he was a Consultant at Emerging Asia Group, where he advised European and US clients on their Asia market strategy. He received his B.A. in International Studies, cum laude, from Middlebury College.
What I Learned From Butch Cassidy About Energy Policy
There is a $1B per day market for electricity in the United States. Understanding this market is shaped by regulatory policy is vital for investors, entrepreneurs and technology companies offering new products and services for consumers. This same understanding is vital for policy makers and advocates seeking economic and environmental efficiency. This brief talk, combining humor, compelling visuals and tools adapted from the natural sciences will outline a framework for understanding the complexities of these markets. More importantly, it will offer a call to action for energy professionals to help us move toward a cleaner energy future.
Bio: Cameron Brooks is a seasoned executive who has held senior positions in smart grid, renewable energy, and energy efficiency firms and nonprofits. He leads Tolerable Planet Enterprises, a strategic consulting firm that provides a unique combination of regulatory engagement, business development and policy strategy to drive opportunities in the new energy economy. Previously, Cameron was Vice President of Policy for Tendril, a leading consumer smart grid technology company based in Boulder. Tendril was a leader in advancing open data policies before the US Congress, Department of Energy, White House, FCC, FERC and both federal and state agencies. Cameron structured development partnerships for renewable energy credits and carbon offsets at Renewable Choice Energy and led investment outreach programs for the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Cameron’s earlier experience spans a wide range of environmental, green building and media roles. In Telluride, Colorado, he founded an energy efficiency and green building consulting group; served as Assistant Director of Mountainfilm, the premier mountaineering, adventure and environmental film festival; and was the first Executive Director of Sheep Mountain Alliance, a regional environmental advocacy organization.
Duck Chart -The Doom of 33% Renewables
With the momentum in putting more renewable power on the grid some of the unknown consequences are starting to quack, and the problem doesn’t migrate north in the summer. In fact, the Duck Chart illuminates a very real near term issue for power generation, and no silver bullet is going to change that picture. Duck Dynasty to the rescue? I think not. Although part of the solution may lie in unfamiliar family norms this hunt is in pursuit of demand response and distributed generation of all shapes and sizes, regardless of animal persona, before we overrun the ability of grid base-load to provide a stable environment.
Bio: Karey Christ-Janer is a renewable energy and utility reform advocate in Colorado and California, with a focus on community energy solutions and public-private partnership. She has contributed marketing and materials to several “green” campaigns, including the first carbon tax in the U.S. in 2006, Boulder’s “options open” campaign in 2010, and two state ballot questions in California which prevailed with voters. She is outspoken and chooses to be nimble in promoting evolving ideas which are guided by pragmatism, cooperation, creativity and a desire for fast change.
Want to Save Lots of Energy? Get a Smaller Trash Can!
When it comes to reducing greenhouse gasses, saving energy, and being green, renewable energy and energy efficiency get to have all the fun, leaving sustainability’s little brother, the 3-Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to clean-up after the party is over. This presentation will show how solid waste related initiatives not only compete with energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in terms of GHG reductions per dollar of investment but in some cases, actually outperform them.
Bio: Lisa Skumatz is Principal of SERA, a Colorado-based research and consulting firm, and also heads the Econservation Institute, a non-profit. She is a quantitative economist, and for more than 30 years, she has specialized in evaluating energy efficiency and recycling programs. She has conducted projects for utilities and jurisdictions from Alaska to Florida, and internationally. Her work was used by the Obama Transition Team, and she has more than 200 publications in academic, conference, and trade press. In her spare time, she is an elected Town Trustee in Superior.
There’s More to Life than Gamification: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation to Engender Persistent Pro-Environmental Behavior Change
Prizes and social comparison have been shown to have positive, yet ephemeral effects on persistent pro-environmental behavior change. Rather than focus solely on these extrinsic motivators, designers seeking to engender long-term ecologically responsible behaviors might achieve this goal by fostering intrinsic motivation for such behaviors through the design of interventions that support individuals’ innate desire for autonomy. In this talk, I will describe how Organismic Integration Theory, a subset of Self-Determination Theory, can serve as a framework for the design of such interventions, with examples taken from applications designed to help consumers reduce their electricity usage.
Bio: Jason is a PhD candidate at CU-Boulder pursuing a degree in computer science and cognitive science. His primary area of research involves the examination of the mechanisms that motivate behavior change, in particular, how mindfulness can be utilized to facilitate persistent pro-environmental behavior change. He is not a very good rock climber.