August 2020

Pivoting from In-Person to Online Meeting

Thank you for supporting the mutual decision to not meet in-person in Aspen this year. Now the challenge is re-imagining how we will meet online. We appreciate the over 80 of you who have already registered to meet online this year (see who at www.utilityexchange.org/look-whos-connecting-2020. Our most recent webinar on Customer Experience attracted over 100 registrants from as far away as Guam as well as some of the "usual suspects" from Colorado and neighboring states. If you haven't already, we urge you to "binge watch" the Electric Vehicle, Pricing, and Customer Experience webinars we've recorded, and join us for the upcoming Clean Energy Transition webinar scheduled for August 11.

Our current plans are to present as much of the content as possible "live" using a Gotowebinar or Gotomeeting web platform because Zoom, Skype and Teams have limitations among some utility partners. We will pre-record the poster sessions and incorporate real-time chats as well as polls, surveys, and a Sponsor and Poster Showcase "secret word" drawing to keep things interactive. The popular roundtable discussion on Wednesday morning is a special challenge that we are thinking through with the help of the Utility Advisory Committee and Sponsors. See how the agenda is evolving at www.utilityexchange.org/14th-conference-agenda.

We are looking forward to connecting with you online in September.

Ed Thomas & Tiger Adolf, UtilityExchange.org

Clean Energy Webcast

Learn Online About Clean Energy Transition on August 11

Learn how utilities, government agencies, and solution providers are developing and implementing programs and activities to advance clean energy and sustainability initiatives. 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 August 11 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

Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group Announce New CEO

Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group announced the appointment of Jim Madej as the company’s new chief executive officer. Madej succeeds founder Paul Schueller, who has served as CEO since Franklin Energy’s inception in 1994 and recently announced his transition to the company’s board of directors. Learn more HERE.

Jim Madej

Public Service Company of Colorado Files DSM Plan for 2020-2021

Public Service Company of Colorado filed its combined electric and natural gas 2021-22 Demand Side Management Plan on July 1. The DSM Plan is grounded in a continuance of preceding years’ successful
approaches, in combination with necessary adjustments made to improve DSM offerings to
reflect market shifts and integrate emerging technologies, and to be responsive to the
Commission’s Decision in the 2017 DSM Strategic Issues Proceeding. Learn more HERE.

DSM Plan Cover

Load Flexibility Potential Projected in Brattle Group Report

A recent Brattle Group study concluded that there is 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility potential in the U.S., which could be worth more than $15 billion per year by 2030. The report addresses the important role of load flexibility in decarbonization initiatives by integrating renewables and mitigating the rising costs of grid modernization and electrification. Ryan Hledik will summarize the key findings of the study in a Wednesday afternoon session at this year's Exchange. View report HERE.

Ryan Hledik

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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