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Energy Slam!


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The expiration of the 20-year Xcel franchise at the end of 2010 has given the City of Boulder a unique opportunity to determine its own energy future. Citizens for Boulder’s Clean Energy Future, a group of citizens passionate about reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, is exploring other options for providing Boulder’s electricity. “The Clean Energy Slam” on February 3, 2011 at the West Boulder Senior Center (6:30-9:00 pm) will showcase the best ideas of financial and technical wonks, solar industry experts, and creative citizens.

Anyone with an innovative idea can prepare and submit one or two Powerpoint slides and a 2-minute presentation in one of the following three categories: Generation, Energy Management-Distribution, or Other (e.g. Financing, Transportation, governance, etc.). “The Clean Energy Slam” ideas must potentially be reasonably implemented in the City of Boulder by 2020. All ideas will be reviewed for acceptance by a team of energy-savvy community members and as many accepted ideas as possible will be featured in a one-hour back-to-back series of 2-minute presentations. The post-presentation Q & A promises to be a stimulating exchange of information and suggestions. All accepted ideas will be posted on the www.renewablesYES.org website after the event.

Consideration and confirmation of inclusion in “The Clean Energy Slam” is only guaranteed if ideas are submitted by 6 p.m. 1/27/2011. See www.renewablesYES.org for details. In the event that there are more ideas than can be presented in one hour, the community team will choose ideas for the event. Here are a few thoughts to charge your idea battery: a brilliant financing scheme for Boulder, OR building oversized PV on your roof and selling power to your neighbors, OR capturing methane from food waste to generate energy, OR inventing a new way to charge a plug-in hybrid, OR creating an Efficiency Bank, where you can borrow money to purchase energy efficient windows and pay it back on your energy bills, OR building a pumped storage pond below a nearby reservoir to provide energy when the wind is not blowing. Send in YOUR idea—it could become a clean energy action in Boulder! Or, just come listen and be inspired at this free, public event.

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