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Join us as CNEE’s Assistant Director, Dr. Suzanne Tegen, Facilitates a Discussion About the Future of Hydraulic Fracturing in Colorado

Join the Colorado Local Science Engagement Network on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 PM MST for a discussion on the future of hydraulic fracturing in the United States and Colorado. Our two-part discussion will feature scientific experts and decision-makers, each of whom will share a unique perspective on the economic, environmental, human health, and community considerations of hydraulic fracturing and what we might be able to expect at both the state and national level in the future.

Register for the event here: American Association for the Advancement of Science | Colorado LSEN (

CNEE’s Senior Policy Advisor Jeffrey Ackermann to Discuss Electricity Planning for a 21st Century Power Grid

Join Colorado’s former Public Utilities Commission Chairman and CNEE Senior Policy Advisor Jeff Ackermann for a discussion of state-level electricity planning on February 11 at 11 am Eastern. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) have partnered on a task force to provide a forum to develop state-led pathways toward a more resilient, efficient and affordable grid. This initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The NARUC-NASEO Task Force will host a press conference highlighting a suite of resources that have been developed for states over the past two years.

Event details, including where to watch the press conference, are available here:

Jeffrey Ackermann, Former Colorado PUC Chairman to Join the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University is pleased to announce that Jeff Ackermann, former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, will join the CNEE team on February 15, in the role of Senior Policy Advisor.

“We look forward to working with Jeff during this important time of energy transition,” said CNEE Director Bill Ritter, Jr. “This is a perfect time to have a former regulator of Jeff’s caliber join our staff. Jeff’s deep subject matter expertise will prove crucial in our efforts to help Western States and Western utilities improve regional energy system planning and expand renewable energy and storage resources.”

Read the full press release here.

Biden Administration Tackles Climate Change Early On

In just the first 100 days, President Biden has already introduced a number of sweeping Executive Orders to protect key areas of the environment and take climate action, but will that be enough? WORT producer Kai Producer spoke with Bill Ritter Jr., former Colorado State Governor and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

Listen to the interview here.

CNEE Research Internship Opportunity for Graduate Students

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) paid research intern to join our team. This internship is a unique opportunity for a current graduate student interested in learning about clean energy policy. The successful applicant will work closely with our Research Manager, Assistant Director, CNEE’s expert staff, and other student interns on a variety of projects, including the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL Tracker), the State Policy Opportunity Tracker for Clean Energy (SPOT for Clean Energy), and the Clean Energy Legislative Academy.

The full job posting is available here. Interested graduate students are encouraged to apply.

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