Four Corners Utility Efficiency Exchange

Presented August 14-15, 2008 at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

Archived Agenda from 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception at Train Museum in downtown Durango

Friday, August 15, 2008

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration with continental breakfast served and selection of lunchtime roundtable discussion topics

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Greg W. Munro, Chief Executive Officer, La Plata Electric

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Presentation
"Installing the Negawatt: Energy Efficiency and the Governor's Energy Office"

Tom Plant, Director, Colorado Governor's Energy Office
Tom Plant, Director of the Governor's Energy Office (GEO), is responsible for implementing the Governor Bill Ritter's New Energy Economy. Energy efficiency and conservation take a leading role in the NEE along with renewable energy generation and expansion of the high voltage transmission system. A major effort coming out of the GEO is education and outreach that result in the deployment of energy efficiency (EE) measures at the customer premises. The presentation will describe EE programs and the different channels GEO uses to coordinate with interested utilities in the areas of weatherization, demand side management and performance contracting. Energy efficiency measures taken by utilities closely align with the principles of the New Energy Economy. Tom will describe how the GEO is working with utilities to design new policies at the state and utility levels to achieve expanded deployment of EE and RE.

Biographical Sketch:
Tom served as Colorado House District 13 Representative from 1998 through 2006 including two years as Chairman of the House Appropriations committee and one year as Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee. Among the key pieces of legislation he sponsored: Prescription Drug Fairness Act; the Colorado Renewable Energy Act, which later formed the basis for Amendment 37; and energy efficiency tax-incentive legislation. He was named Legislator of the Year by organizations such as the University of Colorado and the Sierra Club of Colorado, was the recipient of Colorado Conservation Voters' "Green Sense Award for Environmental Leadership" and received the "Champion of the Family Farmer" award from the Rocky Mountain Farmers' Union.

Tom worked in the Climate Change department of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. At UCS, he explored the causes of global climate change and examined transportation and energy solutions to reduce the emissions contributing to climate change. Prior to UCS, and after graduating from Colorado State University, Tom worked as an exploration Geologist.

Tom has traveled around the world and taught school in Central America. In 1994, Tom and his wife Dawn Dennison established The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Nederland which became known nationally as a community gathering place and for the many famous musicians who played in the small living room setting. Tom & Dawn ran the coffeehouse for seven years, selling the business in 2001. Tom lives in Nederland with his wife Dawn, dog Fergus, and a horse named Chester.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Energy Efficiency Program Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of regional utility activities

  • Ron Ebencamp, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
  • Chad Reisenauer, Basin Electric
  • Myles Jensen, Poudre Valley

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment break

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Partnering with Manufacturers
Mark Schwantes and Suzy Bynum, La Plata Electric Association
Case studies of leveraging time-of-use rate programs to promote energy efficient and cost effective water and space heating technologies

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Partnering with Municipalities
Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities
Learn how a progressive municipally-owned electric and water utilitiy is partnering with its "sisterî city government agencies, neighboring Holy Cross electric cooperative and renewable energy advocacy groups to delivered area-wide energy and water efficiency programs

11:30 - 12 noon Partnering with Wholesale Power Providers
Doug Sparks, Empire Electric with Keith Emerson, Tri-State G&T
Case study of how a distribution cooperative partners with its wholesale power provider to deliver innovative energy efficiency programs

12 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet and Roundtable Discussion
Most popular discussion topics as determined at morning registration are posted on lunch tables. Attendees are invited to participate in the peer-matching discussion that most interests them. A table representative with will compile the top 3 "take-away messagesî to share with the others in the online workshop proceedings.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Energy Efficiency Program Ally Snapshots
Five-minute highlights of regional program ally activities.

  • John Richards, Marathon Water Heaters
  • Lon Garrison, Convectair
  • John Steben, Modeltech International
  • Rob Kirkpatrick, Service Concepts
  • Katherine Johnson, Market Development Group
  • Michael Rendon, ECOS Consulting
  • Chris Patton, Positive Energy USA

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. What's up in New Mexico?
Mac Juarez, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative
Overview of energy efficiency activities underway and planned by utilities and others

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. What's up in Utah and Arizona?
Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration
Overview of energy efficiency activities underway and planned by utilities and others

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Tariffs and Energy Efficiency Planning
Lara Ratliff, Customer Care Manager, Farmington (NM) Electric Utility System
Overview of City of Farmington's energy efficiency plans from a rate and customer service perspective

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Refreshment break

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Integrating Wind Energy with Storage Heating Systems
Paul Steffes, President, Steffes Corporation
Energy Thermal Storage heaters and domestic water heaters are great options for storing energy from variable generation sources, such as wind and solar. Paul Steffes has participated in two national renewable energy conferences, has met with Utility Commissions and State Departments of Energy and several G&T's. His work has focused primarily on wind energy; however, the information applies the same for solar.

3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Partnering with Weatherization Agencies
Mutch Usera, Black Hills Power with Tiger Adolf, Wyoming Energy Council
Case study of how a dual-fuel utility partners with non-profit agency to deliver whole house improvements to homeowners at all income levels

4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Selling Energy Efficiency At the Kitchen Table
Bruce Matulich, Electric & Gas Industries Association
Overview of the key success factors among leading utility and manufacturer sponsored financing programs that allow contractors to rely on monthly loan payment vs. monthly energy savings to sell comprehensive energy efficiency improvements.

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Ron Ebenkamp, Tri-State Generation and Transmission

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception
at Fort Lewis College with "sneak preview" of Home Energy Makeover Workshop and Expo

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Archived Sponsors from 2008


La Plata Electric Association provides its members safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost while being environmentally responsible. About 4,000 of LaPlata's 30,000 members have signed up for its WattWatcher® Time-of-Use rates and save between 5 percent and 50 percent over the standard residential rate. LaPlata also offers energy efficiency credits for installation of electric space and water heating systems on its WattWatcher rates, and stocks water heaters for member pick-up.

Empire Electric Association is a non-profit, member owned rural electric Cooperative. We provide electric power to residential, commercial and industrial customers in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah. We are currently serving more than 15,000 customers over 1,869 miles of energized line in a 3,500 square mile service territory.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives it serves. Tri-State generates and transports electricity to its member systems throughout a 250,000 square-mile territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Colorado Rural Electric Association is the statewide trade association representing Colorado's electric cooperatives. CREA's membership is composed of all of the state's 22 electric distribution cooperative associations and one generation and transmission cooperative.

Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU) is a non-profit organization that represents the 32 cities and towns throughout Colorado that own and operate their own electric and natural gas systems. CAMU is a source for legislative representation, training and information for its members. There are 29 municipal electric systems and seven municipal gas systems operating within the state of Colorado. In combination these municipal utilities serve a population base of approximately 815,000 Colorado residents.

Green-Level Sponsors

Convectair's creation in 1983 stems from a large Canadian public utility's search for innovative residential heating solutions combined with the experience and knowhow of a leading European group. For over 20 years, Convectair has been dedicated to providing more energy efficient solutions to homeowners in North America. Its products include reliable electronic controls, proprietary heating elements and advanced cabinet design. This expertise is helping over 100 co-ops better respond to their membersí needs while improving their load profile.

Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through a nationwide network of contractors, distributors, manufacturers and utility partners. As a leading provider of resource efficiency services and energy efficiency program administration for utility companies and water agencies, EGIA also provides the home improvement industry, utility companies and state agencies with comprehensive consumer energy efficiency and solar financing solutions and has administered some of the nation's largest utility and state sponsored energy efficiency financing programs.

Marathon Water Heaters is a manufacturer of non-metallic, lifetime warranty, thermal-storage electric water heaters with the highest efficiency ratings in the industry. Marathon has active programs with over 250 distribution and G&T cooperatives across the country.

Market Development Group works with energy organizations and their allies to design, develop and deliver innovative marketing plans and programs that address energy efficiency, renewable energy and customer service objectives. The EGIA/Anaheim Utilities Home Energy Makeover Contest and the Orlando Utilities Commission CFL Fund Raiser are among the programs that weíve conceived, developed, adapted and implemented. ìMarket Developmentsî is our free email newsletter that details our current projects and other items of interest. To view it online or subscribe, visit

Gold-Level Sponsors

Service Concepts represents service - the cooperative way. We were created by Co-ops, for Co-ops, to provide new ways to bring value-added services to rural communities while reinforcing the cooperatives' value. Our track record is solid - in 7 years we've grown to work with over 300 cooperatives in 42 states.

Steffes Corporation is a manufacturer of off-peak, Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) heating systems and load management controls for residential and commercial applications. Many Power Companies have made ETS systems an integral part of their Demand Response and off-peak heating programs. These programs offer the ability for Power Companies to better manage their system loads while offering consumers a very low cost and comfortable heating solution. In addition, ETS systems offer significantly improved energy efficiency with the ability to interface with renewable energy sources.

Western Area Power Administration markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of power from hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states.

Copper-Level Sponsors

Fraley and Company is a Cortez business.

Positive Energy USA was founded on a simple premise: it's time to engage the 300 million Americans who are in the dark about their energy use and is working to accomplish this through a combination of cutting edge technology, analytic direct marketing, behavioral science and world-class design.

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