Electric Power for Municipal Utilities; what does the future hold?

CSU Extension Faces of Energy

Colorado Springs, May 7th

In spite of a major hail storm, a great crowd turned out for this.

The landscape of electrical power generation is changing more dramatically today than in the last 130 years, and the impact on municipal utilities is significant.  Rising mining costs, new gas supplies from fracturing, plummeting solar and wind costs, antiquated power grids and health/environmental/climate impacts and regulations are just some of the issues driving this change.

Colorado State University Extension and the Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES) will be co-hosting a panel discussion entitled “Municipal Electric Utilities: What Does the Future Hold” to identify the opportunities and challenges for municipal utilities in clean and renewable electricity. The discussion will be held at the El Paso County Extension Office – 17 N. Spruce St. in Colorado Springs – on Thursday May 7 from 6-8pm.

Introduction: Jan Martin, 2 term Colorado Springs City

  • Moderator: Cary Weiner, Colorado State University Extension
  • Panelist: Jim Riggins, Colorado Renewable Energy Society
  • Panelist: Vince Guthrie, Fort Carson
  • Panelist: John Romero, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Panelist: Dan Hodges, Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities
  • Panelist: Norm Weaver, Fort Collins Utilities

Colorado State University’s Faces of Energy photo exhibit will be shown. The traveling exhibit is intended to tell the story of energy in Colorado through the eyes of its citizens. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks will be served from 6:00 – 6:20pm with the panel running from 6:20 – 7:40pm and the event closing at 8pm.

Registration by Monday, May 4 is required in order to attend and $5 suggested donations will be accepted at the door. For more information and to register, visit www.ext.colostate.edu/munipanel

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