Grand Valley Power Awarded Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communications Program by NRECA

"Energy Your Way" Campaign Introducing Enhanced Metering to Members Receives Highest Honor Bestowed through the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program

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May 14. 2020 - NRECA announced the winner of the Edgar F. Chesnutt award for the Best Total Communication program - Grand Valley Power! 

Considered the Vince Lombardi Trophy of the electric cooperative communications world, this is  the highest honor bestowed through the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. Christmas Wharton, Communications Manager at Grand Valley Power and Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange Utility Advisory Committee Member first learned about the award back in 2017 and has been striving toward winning it for Grand Valley Power ever since. The Mesa County, Colorado cooperative takes a collaborative approach to communications by sharing, mentoring, and leaning on one another to get through tough times. 

Christmas says "I have no doubt there were many cooperatives that had empowering messages to members, communities and employees. We are so grateful to be listed among our talented peers and humbled by the recognition! Thank you so much to the judges and NRECA."  The multimedia "Energy Your Way" campaign promotes meter upgrades and addresses public misperceptions that two-way communication meters cause fires, compromise privacy or harm health by emitting high radio frequencies

The Chesnutt award is named for Edgar F. Chesnutt, who was manager of corporate communications at Arkansas Electric Cooperative for more than a quarter-century. It is the highest honor bestowed through the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. The award is presented to the co-op whose entry receives the highest score from three judges from nationally accredited universities and communication and marketing professionals in the private sector.

See the video detailing a bit more about the project is here: https://youtu.be/3HE0pyF97CI

Read the full NRECA Announcement at https://www.cooperative.com/news/Pages/grand-valley-power-2020-chesnutt-award.aspx

 

 

CLEAResult Launches Virtual Assessment and Assurance Service, Protecting Public Health While Helping Consumers Manage Their Energy Costs

Innovative Streem technology allows utilities to provide energy assessments for customers while maintaining social distancing requirements due to COVID-19

CLEAResultCLEAResult is the first to bring a fully-featured Virtual Assessment and Assurance offering to market.The offering goes beyond a simple video call with an energy advisor. Virtual Assessment and Assurance is a live, augmented reality remote-support platform with built-in tools that enable professional energy assessments and post-assessment quality checks to be conducted from a distance. Read the full article HERE.

About CLEAResult

CLEAResult is the largest provider of energy efficiency and demand response solutions in North America. Through proven demand side management strategies tailored to clients’ unique needs, CLEAResult combines the strength of our energy experts and innovative technology to help over 250 utilities change the way people use energy. CLEAResult is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has over 2,500 employees in more than 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada. CLEAResult is a portfolio company of the private equity firm TPG and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by TPG. For more information, visit clearesult.com.

 

Power Plant of the Future is Right in Your Home

If we want more renewable energy, our grids will have to manage themselves. A small experiment in Colorado is lighting the way.

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Wired magazine — April 7, 2020 — 

KATELA MORAN ESCOBAR has always dreamed of being a homeowner, but she never imagined her first house would double as an energy experiment. Last July, Escobar and her family moved into Basalt Vista, a new affordable housing project in the small town of Basalt, Colorado, just north of Aspen. The development is a bulwark against the skyrocketing housing prices in Roaring Fork Valley, but it’s also a living laboratory to test advanced power grid technologies that could turn every home into an appendage of a decentralized power plant.

Basalt Vista is designed to be an all-electric community that produces as much power as it uses. Each home comes outfitted with an electric vehicle charger in the garage, a large battery pack in the basement, and a roof covered with solar panels. The homes are linked together as a microgrid, a self-contained electricity distribution network that can operate independently of the regional electric grid. Their energy systems work together to balance the energy load across the neighborhood—the solar panels harvest energy, plugged in EVs can store electricity as needed, and large battery packs can supply power when the sun isn’t shining.

But what makes Basalt Vista’s microgrid unique is that it autonomously allocates power. There’s an internet-connected control box in the basement of each home running experimental software that continuously optimizes electricity distribution across the microgrid and the flow of energy to and from the larger regional grid. When one home produces more energy than it needs, it can autonomously make the decision to redistribute it to its neighbors or store it for later. “We don’t have to deal with any of the machinery,” says Escobar. “The house works all by itself.”.....

[Read the Entire Article at https://www.wired.com/story/the-power-plant-of-the-future-is-right-in-your-home/]

About HCE

Founded in 1939, Holy Cross Energy is a non-profit rural electric cooperative that provides safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy and services that improve the quality of life for more than 43,000 members and their communities in Western Colorado. We are committed to leading the responsible transition to a clean energy future. For more information on HCE and our future objectives, please visit https://www.holycross.com/seventy70thirty/.

 

Rich Philip Named Executive Director of PLMA


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Rich Philip will become PLMA’s Executive Director on May 1, 2020. Rich, who was PLMA Chair from 2015 to 2017, will retire from Duke Energy to accept this full-time PLMA position. In addition, Judy Knight will become PLMA’s Chief Development Officer on April 1, 2020. Formerly Director of Communications at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), Judy has also held various senior roles in the nonprofit sector, including marketing, business development, and member engagement. Ed Thomas continues as Operations Director, and Tiger Adolf as Member Services Director.  
Learn more HERE.

About PLMA

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate each other and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption.

For two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network – offering load management leadership for the energy industry. www.peakload.org/about-plma

 

Holy Cross Energy Announces Renewable Swap Agreement with Guzman Energy

Agreement reduces the reliance on coal and adds incremental renewables to the grid without increasing cost

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Tues., Jan. 8, 2019 — Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a nonprofit rural electric cooperative based in Western Colorado, announced today a renewable energy swap agreement with Colorado wholesale energy company Guzman Energy. This two-way power purchase agreement (PPA) will enable the development of a new 100-megawatt (MW) wind farm to serve HCE’s members. Once the new wind resources enter service in 2021, the PPA will fulfill HCE’s commitment to clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals as outlined in its seventy70thirty plan earlier this year.

“With today’s announcement HCE continues to lead the responsible transition to a clean energy future, while maintaining affordable and reliable electricity to our members,” said Bryan Hannegan, President and CEO of HCE.

“Our new partnership with Guzman Energy will raise the amount of renewable energy in our power supply mix to almost 70 percent by 2021 – nine years earlier than promised. We are gratified that our agreement with Guzman Energy will also allow them to increase the amount of renewable energy in their power mix.”

Additionally, Guzman Energy will utilize, as necessary, HCE’s stake in Unit 3 of the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo, Colo., a 750MW coal-fired generating unit. This resource will supplement the 250MWs of renewable energy that will be built as part of Guzman’s recent renewable RFP, and all resources will be used to serve Guzman’s wholesale customers in New Mexico and Colorado and together will result in a capacity mix that is approximately 75 percent renewable.

“This deal allows HCE to meet their renewable energy goals without increasing cost, adds more renewables to the grid in the West, and supplements Guzman’s overall resource mix with reliable baseload, as needed,” said Jeff Heit, managing director with Guzman Energy. “It’s another example of what can be accomplished if stakeholders work together to find innovative ways to transition to the new energy economy.”

About HCE

Founded in 1939, Holy Cross Energy is a non-profit rural electric cooperative that provides safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy and services that improve the quality of life for more than 43,000 members and their communities in Western Colorado. We are committed to leading the responsible transition to a clean energy future. For more information on HCE and our future objectives, please visit https://www.holycross.com/seventy70thirty/.

About Guzman Energy
Guzman Energy is a wholesale power provider that supplies and trades power across North America. Guzman Energy created a new type of energy model, one designed specifically to help transition an outdated energy economy into the renewable age. We enable customers — principally rural electric cooperatives and municipal power companies — to achieve lower rates and price-stability from renewable, sustainable energy. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Guzman Energy has unique expertise in serving customers in the bilateral power markets of the Western United States and conducts its business through two practice areas: Energy & Environmental Trading and Energy Hedging & Risk Management. To learn more, visit www.GuzmanEnergy.com.

Media Contact:
Jenna Weatherred, VP, Member & Community Relations
970-947-5470
[email protected]
www.holycross.com

 
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