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Contact:
Name – Tyler Hammer
Company - Nexant
Email - thammer@nexant.com


Every few months the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AESP hosts an informal gathering of its local members and interested energy industry professionals that provide our colleagues an opportunity to network, socialize and participate in short discussions on topical energy issues. Chapter events are attended by a wide range of energy professionals: public officials from local government, staff from large and small utilities, energy consultants, employees from local national laboratories (e.g., NREL, NOAA, NCAR), educators, and students, as well as staff from non-profit organizations and environmental groups.  With many energy professionals located in Front Range Colorado, from both the private and public sectors, these events give participants a chance to meet and discuss work in a casual setting that is both fun and beneficial for professional development.  If you are in Colorado and want to join us or want more information about this chapter, please contact the chapter contact listed above.

 

Chapter Leadership:
President - Tyler Hammer, Nexant thammer@nexant.com
Vice President - David Alspector, Navigant david.alspector@navigant.com
Treasurer - Meghan Sposato, Navigant mmsposato@gmail.com
Secretary - Vikram Sridhar, Nexant vikram.sridhar1990@gmail.com
Member at large - Katie Ryder, E Source kryder@nexant.com
Member at large - Steven Morgan, Boulder Energy Engineers steve@bolderee.com
Member at large - Jane Hummer, Navigant jane.hummer@navigant.com


News and Events 

August 25 - Energy Industry Mixer

Mark your calendars on the 25th of August at 5:30 PM for RMAESP's Annual Energy Industry Mixer. Meet fellow energy professionals from a host of organizations including CU Energy, The Rocky Mountain Institute, Clean Tech Community, Rocky Mountain Association of Energy Engineers and others. 

Network your way to great raffle prizes such as Amazon Echos and EcoBees. Entry for the event is free. More details including the location will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

 

Stay Connected 

Stay tuned for more information on our RM-AESP blog!

 
Past Events 

  • May 17 - Tour of CU's New Co-Generation Plant 

  • ~switch Call for speakers opens March 13th Do you have a topic that’s been rolling around in your head about energy, water or sustainability? Then now is the time to polish up that concept and share your ideas with friends and peers. Call for speakers for the 2016 switch~ event at The Alliance Center opens in less than 10 days! For more information about what it means to be a switch~ speaker, visit our website.

  • rolled back to Boulder in October for a fun, fast-paced evening of sharing sustainable energy ideas.  The presentation concept was Pecha Kucha style, where speakers had just a few minutes to present and inspire the audience about their topic.
  • Exploring Boulder's energy future 
  • On April 18th, the RM-AESP hosted an Energy Hour at Oskar Blues Production Facility & Tap Room to explore the iconic beer maker’s numerous efficiency and sustainability measures. The well-attended event included an interactive overview of the Boulder Energy Smart rebate program—the economic basis driving much of the sustainability activities at Oskar Blues—as well as a brewery tour that showcased the company’s efficiency measures along with their associated lessons learned, challenges, and successes. Following some tastings, attendees were well positioned to chime in on whether energy efficiency really does make beer taste better.
  • February Energy Hour brought you current news from the Front Range on Small Business Financing of energy efficiency.  The event featured Jeremy Epstein from the County of Boulder speaking on a successful financing program available to their customers.  Matthew Brown of Harcourt Brown & Carey also gave an overview of the new program just released by Xcel Energy that involves coordinating available financing. 
  • January Energy Hour: Fracking and Oil/Gas Exploration - Facts and Issues
  • The Energy Hour on November 15th was a great event.  Lena Hansen, Principal with RMI's Electricity Practice, talked briefly on Reinventing Fire - RMI's vision and road-map for running a 158% bigger U.S. economy by 2050, but needing no oil, no coal, and no nuclear energy.
  • Nearly 350 energy professionals filled The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, to attend switch~2. switch~ is a series of events that celebrates the energy industry by giving thought leaders and change makers a platform to present their work and their ideas in a fun and entertaining setting. Each talk is 5 minutes long with 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds. This format produces presentations that are educational and entertaining.   The lineup at switch~2 included award-winning energy professionals from around the state. The rapidly-changing slides gripped the audience, while the audience was entertained by the attempt for the presenters to keep up with the demanding timeline. The evening’s emcee and long-time energy professional, Bill LeBlanc, provided comedic relief between the presentations.  The result was a high-energy and high-impact night with talks ranging from commercial building energy efficiency to Cleantech 2.0 to power generation from Thorium. The night had something for everyone, and attendees remarked about how much fun they had and how much they learned even with the quick-hitting format. Thank you to all who were involved. In particular, a big thank you to the AESP for its support of switch~2.
  • On August 30, 2012 Heather Bailey, Boulder's Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development, discussed how the city plans to examine the question of municipalization.
  • On Thursday, June 21, 2012 the Rocky Mountain Chapter (RM-AESP), organized a tour of the LEED Gold-certified Red Hawk Elementary School, located in Erie, CO.  
  • On April 19, the Rocky Mountain chapter of AESP hosted an "Energy Hour" information and networking event on the energy-water nexus. Both Russ Sands, the Water Conservation Manager at the City of Boulder, and Amelia Nuding, Water/Energy Analyst from Western Resource Advocates, presented. Their presentations spanned a variety of topics citing data from both the power and water industries. The bottom line: analyses of water and energy issues need to take into account the other in order to result in real conservation. RM-AESP thanks Russ and Amelia for presenting at our event and thanks the Absinthe House for hosting yet another successful RM-AESP event.
  • March, 2012 -  March 6th, nearly 250 energy professionals met at the Absinthe House in Boulder, Colorado for the inaugural switch~ which is your energy? event. This sold-out, standing-room only event was a resounding success. Twelve thought leaders delivered high-impact presentations on the future of energy and sustainability. Each presenter had only five minutes and 20 auto-advancing slides to inspire and inform the audience. Universally, the presenters won the battle against the clock to entertain and educate the crowd. Special thanks to the Absinthe House, Jim Bradford Band, Bill LeBlanc as Master of Ceremonies, and all of our fantastic presenters. Learn more at www.energy-switch.org. Brought to you by the Rocky Mountain Association of Energy Services Professionals and the switch~ team. In energy.  Selected videos from the event are available here: http://www.youtube.com/user/switchboulder/videos 
  • January, 2012 - Changing Personal Behaviors, Social Marketing and Other Tools; Juri Freeman, SERA; Walnut Brewery, Boulder, CO
  • October, 2011 SolarTac Tour
  • August, 2011 - LED and Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) Lighting Solutions; Bacaro Venetian Taverna, Boulder, CO 
  • May, 2011 - Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities Energy Efficiency Manager; Pica's Mexican Taqueria, Boulder, CO
  • April, 2011 - RM-AESP Ski Day - The event raised more than $1,000, which will benefit the Foundation for a Future to fund research on a fatal form of muscular dystrophy know as Duchenne's disease. A big thanks to all of our donors, particularly Navigant Consulting, Inc. and The Cadmus Group, Inc. for their generous contributions.

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