July 2020

Aspen Meadows Is Our Safe Space to Meet in Comfort and in Confidence

The Web Series we've produced over the summer months has been a great way for all of us to stay connected online and share experience and expertise during these challenging times.  We urge you to "binge watch" the EV and Pricing webinars we've recorded, and join the more than 60 people who have already registered for the upcoming Customer Experience webinar.  A Clean Energy Transition webinar is scheduled for August.   

For the past 13 years, energy industry professionals have traveled to Aspen, Colorado every fall to meet in a LEED Certified Gold facility that has Aspen Meadows Resortalways made attendees' health and safety a top priority.  As you consider returning to Aspen Meadows Resort in these challenging times, please take a moment to review the COVID-19 Update page on their website at www.aspenmeadows.com/travel-information.  There you will learn that the venue reopened on June 1 following Pitkin County guidelines with face masks required in all public areas, and no more than 50% capacity for both guest rooms and restaurants.  Further you'll learn that all rooms are guaranteed to be empty for a minimum of 24 hours prior to each new guest arrival, and room assignments will be staggered in order to ensure that common entryways are not shared.  

We are confident that we can observe social distancing requirements in our meetings because the venue is located on 40 acres with 22,000 square feet of meeting space throughout six buildings.  But if you choose to attend or present remotely, please know the venue has state-of-the-art audio/visual technology to accommodate your virtual participation. 

This year's Exchange will offer a first-ever online pass so that participants may choose to meet in-person or online.  We will let all presenters and attendees know by no later than August 28 (30 days before) if this year’s event will be a mix of in-person and online presentations, or if the Exchange will only be online. Regardless, there WILL be a 14th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange.  

We understand your organization's travel plans may be in flux due to current industry challenges. But go ahead and register anyway. Our cancellation and refund policy remains the friendliest in the industry. Any attendee may cancel registration with full refund and no penalty fees if you notify us by Friday, Sept. 25 (i.e., the business day before the conference starts) and any sponsor may cancel their registration by Friday, Aug. 28.  Details are at www.utilityexchange.org/14th-conference-attend.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Aspen or connecting online this fall.

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf, UtilityExchange.org

Custmer Experience Webcast

Learn Online About Utility-Customer Experience on July 21

Learn how utilities, government agencies, and solution providers are developing and implementing programs and activities to drive efficiency through the utility-customer experience.  This webinar/podcast will offer insight on what has already been accomplished, offer an overview of planning underway with a focus on the role of utilities, and take a shallow dive into topics and challenges utilities continue to face in transportation electrification.  Snapshot panelists will offer a snapshot of what they plan to present in greater detail at the 14th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange this fall. The free webinar/podcast on July 21 will follow this 90-minute format:

  • Snapshot Panel. Up to 6 presentations of up to 5 minutes each on this topic (up to 30 minutes)
  • Industry Discussion. Questions and comments between presenters and all webinar registration (up to 30 minutes)
  • Utility Exchange. Candid roundtable discussion among only those webinar registrants who are with a private, public or cooperative-owner utility. All other attendees will be dismissed before this portion of the agenda begins. (up to 30 minutes)

Recordings of the Snapshot Panel and Industry Discussion will be made available to anyone at no charge via the UtilityExchange.org website and all podcast platforms. The utility-only portion of the agenda will not be recorded or transcribed to respect the confidentiality of the participants.

Learn More and Register

Organizations in the News

Holy Cross Energy and Tri-State G&T are SEPA Award Finalists

The Smart Electric Power Alliance Power Players Award finalists include organizations and projects familiar to past Exchange attendees.  They include: Holy Cross Energy for Electric Cooperative of the Year, Basalt Vista (Colorado) Affordable Housing Project for Grid Integration Project of the Year, and Duane Highley, CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association for Individual Power Player of the Year.  Learn more HERE.

Holy Cross Energy

Aspen Meadows Resort Goes 100% Renewable Energy  

Colorado’s Aspen Meadows Resort reopened on June 1st with the environment as its top priority.  This Dolce Hotel is following Pitkin County’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, putting an emphasis on sustainability and environmental initiatives. Working with its energy provider, Holy Cross Energy, the resort purchased 100 percent clean electricity for the campus.  Learn more HERE.

Aspen Meadows Resort

New Report Details Energy Use in Boulder County Cannabis Cultivation Facilities 

The report, compiled by Energy & Resources Solutions (ERS), assessed energy usage, utility consumption data, and productivity, and offers recommendations to increase cost savings, lower carbon footprints, and maximize production yields.  The report also developed energy intensity and productivity metrics for future county benchmarking and industry comparison requirements. View report HERE.

Boulder County

Access Utility Exchange Webcasts from Your Favorite Podcast Channel

Listeners may choose to register and participate in Utility Exchange Web Series webcasts individually in real-time via GotoWebinar or access the recording on a website page at a later time to also view presenters' contact information and any related background materials.  But wait, there's more!  We also push the webcast recording to our Utility Exchange Web Series podcast feed. Listeners who choose to subscribe via their preferred podcast platform will receive these recordings delivered to their phone, tablet, or computer without having to register each time through Gotowebinar. Learn more HERE or ask your assistant to play the Utility Exchange Web Series..

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14th Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2020

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