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Feasibility of Offshore Clean Energy Resources in the Gulf of Mexico: Two Reports for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Co-Authored by CNEE’s Assistant Director

Dr. Suzanne Tegen co-authored two recently released National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports. The studies, which kicked off in April 2017, set out to assess the feasibility of various potential offshore energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico and determine which technologies offer the most promise to meet the future energy needs for the five Gulf-bordering states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The results will inform federal and Gulf of Mexico-bordering states’ strategic energy planning over the next decade.

Read more about the reports here. The reports are available in full on our publications page.

Governor Bill Ritter Jr. Will Provide Keynote at 2019 gridCONNEXT Conference – December 10-12

3rd Annual Event Features Political Leaders, Utility and Agency Chairs, CEOs, and Founders – the Brightest Minds in Grid Modernization

WASHINGTONOctober 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – The GridWise Alliance and Clean Edge, Inc. today announced world-class speakers and industry partners for gridCONNEXT 2019. The 3rd annual gathering, held in Washington, D.C.December 10-12, will bring together technology, policy, utility, and business leaders to explore the most important topics impacting the electric utility industry. The full agenda is available online at Venue, registration, and additional event information is available at Join us for Governor Ritter’s keynote, The Energy Transition in America: Why States, Cities, and Businesses Are Driving Decarbonization.

Read the full press release about the 2019 event here.

Governor Ritter to Moderate Panel at Colorado Wind and Solar Forum – October 30

Colorado has world-class wind and solar resources, growing consumer demand for renewable energy and the political leadership to drive investments in clean energy. The stage is set to dramatically expand on Colorado’s near 4000 MW of wind and over 1000 MW of solar PV systems as it fulfills a policy vision of a 100% clean electricity portfolio. Brought to you by CO Wind for Schools Consortium and REpowering Schools, the Colorado Wind and Solar Forum will bring together the state’s political, utility, industry, and environmental leaders to address the economic and environmental drivers and challenges to a more prosperous, cleaner and secure economy.

When: October 30, 2019.  8:30 am – 4 pm, reception to follow. 

Where: University of Denver, Tuscan Ballroom, School of Hospitality      

Agenda: The Colorado Wind and Solar Forum will dive into leading edge electricity sector topics while acquainting participants with the current state market and policy situations. The Forum includes a morning plenary featuring Colorado state representative, Chris Hansen, who is at the forefront of the state’s quickly moving energy policy landscape.  Presentations will include the national and regional market status, the Colorado market and policy situation, Colorado-specific wind and solar project case studies, utilities’ perspectives and innovative developments. The day concludes by looking forward with a Colorado Energy Futures panel, moderated by former Governor Bill Ritter, in a discussion with other state energy leaders. The Forum provides multiple networking opportunities including lunchtime roundtable discussions facilitated by topical experts and an evening reception.

The Forum’s net proceeds will support the Colorado’s Wind and Solar Schools program, a CSU-based effort that brings renewable energy into classrooms throughout the state, strengthening our cleantech workforce and building the next generation of renewable energy leaders.

Hosted by the Colorado State Consortium. Register here: 

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy Hosts 3rd Bi-Partisan Clean Energy Legislative Academy

Press Release – Denver, Colorado: October 9, 2019

Former Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, Jr. and his team hosted a bi-partisan group of state legislators for a multi-day workshop about a topic of increasing importance: clean energy. Ritter’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) welcomed 27 Republican and Democratic state legislators from 16 states. Attendees came away with a keen understanding of clean energy ideas to take back to their states.

Governor Ritter summed up the event: “Now more than ever, state legislatures are where the most influential energy policy action is taking place. Attendance increased and bipartisanship improved for the Academy this year, just as occurred the year before, revealing there remains enthusiasm for this important work.  After the 2019 Academy, attendees expressed an urgency for creating bipartisan clean energy policy solutions, and we are honored to be a part of this effort.”

Legislators and their staff from across the country were inspired and invigorated by the presentations and content of the Academy. Republican Representative Chris Pope of Montana, a 2019 attendee, describes the Academy as a “resource-rich, collaborative experience with fellow legislators from across the political spectrum, who share a vision for transformative state energy policy in support of a clean energy future.”

Attendees emphasized their plans to continue to utilize CNEE’s free, public online resources, such as the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker and the State Policy Opportunity Tracker.

The goals of the Clean Energy Legislative Academy are to teach state legislators and their staff about evolving clean energy policy issues, help them identify clean energy policy opportunities in their state, and provide access to valuable resources and connections to experts. Overall, 75 state legislators have participated in the annual Academy. This year, the Academy’s keynote speakers included Larry Ward of the Conservative Energy Network, Mark Fleming of Conservatives for Clean Energy, Leonard Jones of Moody’s Public Finance Group, Jeff Lyng of Xcel Energy, Walt Musial of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Professor Max Boykoff from the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. The 2019 educational workshops focused on energy storage, electric vehicles, grid modernization, and renewable energy. CNEE will begin recruiting legislators for the 2020 Legislative Academy in early November.

Governor Ritter and the CNEE team of energy and environmental policy experts work to educate, convene, and inspire decision-makers to create policies that facilitate America’s equitable transition to a clean energy economy.

Contact: Wendy Hartzell, Center for the New Energy Economy

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