The SE chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society has arranged a tour of the 294 megawatt NEXTera Energy wind farm in eastern El Paso County. The tour is limited to the first 40 people who register, with priority for SECRES members, so act now! A suggested donation of $10 would be appreciated. Contact Jacquie Ostrom at 719 238-1993 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Once our carpool arrives at the wind farm, NEXTera will give us a talk as a group, then we’ll get into smaller groups to go into the base of a wind turbine where a technical engineer will give us a tour.
For more information on the NEXTera wind farm, see this fact sheet.
What role can renewable energy play in our future? What are the water implications of future energy systems? What are the energy requirements for water systems? Jordan Macknick from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will answer these and other questions during his presentation on the Energy/Water Nexus.
Jordan Macknick is a member of NREL’s Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in Golden, Colorado. Jordan has a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research includes the study of how energy, water and land use are interrelated.
This event is sponsored by the SE chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES). It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
When: Saturday October 08, 2016 @ 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80918
The event, including parking, is free and open to the public.
We will be firing up our solar ovens to cook our famous Solar S’Mores and demonstrating renewable energy. Kids of all ages enjoy our S’Mores.
Cool Science is an organization dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read more about Cool Science here.
Two recent TED talks help highlight the positive advances of Renewable Energy in the world around us. The first one, “The Case for Optimism on Climate Change” features an enthusiastic Al Gore from February of this year. It starts out with the hard truth, and goes on to provide an insight into what we hoped for just 10- 15 years ago and how much further we’ve actually come in advancing Solar and Wind energy.
The second one, also filmed in February stars the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay in his native dress. It’s titled “This Country Isn’t Just Carbon Neutral – It’s Carbon Negative” and provides a gorgeous look at the positive environmental choices this country of 700,000 people is making with their rivers and forests. Watchout, it might make you want to travel there.
If you need a lift when it seems we’re slogging along to reach our renewable energy goals, take a look at these for a joyful window into some possibilities.
SE Colorado Renewable Energy Society Board Member
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy have released the 2016 edition of their Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The data are compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. You can get a free electronic copy of this report at their website. Get the facts on how clean energy is growing in this country, what are the cost trends, where investment is being made, what new technologies are being supported by venture capital and much more.