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Distributed Generation: Eastern Colorado’s Clean Energy Future

December 4th, 2017
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Yuma Community Center
421 E 2nd Ave, Yuma, CO 80759

Workshop Presentations

9:30 am
Registration & Coffee 

9:45 am
Welcome & State of the State Overview
Jennifer Jenkins
, Executive Director, Distributed Wind Energy Association
Russell Tencer, Founder & CEO, United Wind & DWEA Board President

10:30 – 11:45 am
Fundamentals of Distributed Generation: Building the Colorado Market
Learn about distributed wind and solar success stories from manufacturers, project developers, and installers. Topics include the basics of DG technologies and project economics, local business opportunities, best practices, and opportunities to overcome industry challenges.

Moderator: Trudy Forsyth, Managing Director, Wind Advisors Team

Don Parker, President, Golden Solar
Trevor Atkinson, Director, Applications & Engineering, Northern Power Systems
Patrick Kelly, President, Hoss Consulting Inc.
Dominick Morone, Vice President of Sales, HOMER Energy

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch, Sponsored by Hoss Consulting

Keynote Speaker: Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country.  Governor Ritter has authored a book that was recently published entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

1:15 – 2:30 pm
DG in Colorado: Coloring the Landscape
Hear from the Colorado Energy Office, local electric cooperative and county officials, and the Colorado Rural Electric Association about the current distributed generation policy and regulatory landscape in Colorado. Topics include the current political landscape, the role of rural electrification, and the future of distributed generation.

Moderator: Audrey Rock, President, Yuma County Farm Bureau

Andy Molt, Director of Member Services, Y-W Electric Association, Inc.
Richard Birnie, Land Use Administrator, Yuma County
Geoffrey Hier, Director of Government Relations, Colorado Rural Electric Association
Michael Turner, Director, Commercial & Industrial Energy Services, Colorado Energy Office

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Telling the Tale of DG in Colorado
Learn about the benefits of distributed generation and how it can improve the bottom line for businesses, farms, and residences by listening to distributed wind and solar project owners, a distributed wind manufacturer, and solar industry expert discuss their experiences. Topics include financing and building successful projects, challenges and opportunities, and distributed generation’s role in our energy future.

Moderator: Suzanne Tegen, Wind & Water Deployment Manager, NREL

Mike Bergey, President & CEO, Bergey Windpower
Eric Lovely, Residential Solar Consultant, Sunrun Inc
Charles Newcomb, Vice President, Portfolio Strategy and Implementation, Hoss Consulting Inc.

3:30 – 3:45 pm
Networking Break

3:45 – 5:00 pm
State of the State: Panel Discussion
Hear from distributed wind and solar project developers, service providers, and attorneys about the next steps to ensure Colorado’s place as a DG leader. Topics include opportunities and incentives, key pending legislative issues, unique markets, and areas for potential growth and collaboration.

Moderator: Charles Newcomb, Vice President, Portfolio Strategy and Implementation, Hoss Consulting Inc.

Sam Sours, Regional Development Director, Community Energy, Inc.
Paul Roamer, President, Ethos Distributed Solutions
Roger L. Freeman, Renewable Energy & Environmental Attorney & COSEIA Board Member
Jennifer Jenkins, Executive Director, Distributed Wind Energy Association

5:00 pm


Tuesday, December 5th
9:00 – 11:00 am
DWEA Board of Director’s Meeting
Ethos Distributed Solutions Office
3980 Youngfield St.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Wednesday, December 6th
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
NREL Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) Workshop
National Wind Technology Center
18200 Colorado 128
Boulder, CO 80303
Separate registration required


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