Clean Energy Solutions Summit addresses today’s energy challenges

The Colorado Solar & Storage Association (COSSA) will hold a unique virtual event focused on solving industry professionals’ problems on Tuesday, Nov. 17. 

The Clean Energy Solutions Summit is billed as the “Mountain West’s premier event for municipal, commercial and nonprofit energy management and sustainability leaders and decision-makers” to brainstorm about practical solutions to sustainable energy challenges, according to COSSA’s event website. The summit is designed to pair the problems and challenges with sustainability experts with a wide cross-section of expertise from across the industry. The agenda for the day-long virtual event includes a keynote address from Google’s Briana Kobor and three, one-hour breakout sessions.Kobor serves as Google’s Western lead for Energy Markets and Development and will speak on Google’s goal to run their data centers on carbon-free energy by 2030, according to COSSA’s marketing materials. 

COSSA is searching for both sides of their problem-solving equation: the experts and the challenges in need of solutions. According to the event website, anyone with ideas about the following problems should seriously consider attending the summit:

How can a Fortune 500 company de-carbonize its supply chain with minimal additional expense?How can an indoor agricultural facility lower its energy bills?How can a wastewater treatment plant achieve reliability 24/7/365?How can an oil and gas company electrify multiple disparate facilities?How can a mountain town lower the carbon footprint of the natural gas turbines used to heat the sidewalks?How can a large industrial company capture or compensate for the carbon their processes produce?How should a logistics company provide resilient backup for its electrified delivery fleet? General admission for The Clean Energy Solutions Summit is $199 for COSSA members or $249 for non-members until Friday, Nov. 6, when ticket prices rise to $249 for members and $299 for non-members.One important note, however: if you are part of an organization with a pressing energy problem that needs solving, you can attend the summit for free!

A New Beginning for Energy Journalism in Colorado

Welcome to Empowering Colorado – a new addition to Colorado’s media landscape. Unlike many of the traditional media outlets you may be familiar with, Empowering Colorado is a 501(c)3 nonprofit news organization. We are mission-driven and part of a trend within journalism to encourage better and more comprehensive coverage of complicated topics – such as energy development.   

We will not only present on our own platforms, but we will also engage with local media around the state and offer resources to enhance their coverage of energy issues in their communities. Whether the issues we cover involve business, technology, public policy or environmental impacts, Empowering Colorado will act without fear or favor to build trust in accordance with the following principles: 

Independence: we are an unbiased voice in the energy media landscape not beholden to political parties, media conglomerates or big business interests. Transparency: we will be funded by donations, sponsorships, subscriptions, advertisements, events and partnerships. We will be clear about what is sponsored content and what is not and disclose our biggest funders on the website. A forum for discussion and education: we will improve the energy conversation in Colorado and provide citizens, public policy-makers, business executives and advocates with the information they need to make informed energy decisions. Filling a gap in local journalism: we will provide an avenue for talented journalists to promote their best work in energy reporting to an engaged and educated audience. We will also help local media outlets by allowing them to republish original Empowering Colorado content through partnership agreements.  

You can read more about the history, structure and mission of Empowering Colorado at our website empoweringco.org.  

Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey to provide citizens with enhance coverage around an important topic impacting all Coloradans. Our early efforts to build our news product may be simple and straightforward, but with your help, Empowering Colorado will provide the sophisticated, in-depth coverage of energy journalism you deserve. Here’s how you can help us ensure that Energy Examiner serves all Coloradans: 

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Energy touches us all. Thank you for supporting Empowering Colorado.  

Sincerely, Mark RobertsPublisher/Executive Director