Clean Energy Ambassadors

Making Clean Energy Work for Consumer-Owned Utilities and Their Communities

Free Lunchtime Utility Webinars

Clean Energy Ambassadors invites you to join our free, monthly lunchtime webinar.

The August Webinar on energy savings for small businesses in your community, featuring Joni Livingston of Missouri River Energy Services, will be posted to our Vimeo account soon.

Watch this space for an announcement of our September webinar on irrigation energy efficiency, coming soon!

Also, see archives from previous webinars in our Forum on the right side of this page.


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Blog Posts

The role of trust in energy efficiency and programs

The community leaders and utility folks that follow Clean Energy Ambassadors have unique opportunities to work within their community and build trust in order to trigger active engagement and real energy savings. Here, I offer some examples of successful engagement--achieving fairly astounding results--and what's happening beneath the surface.



Posted by Michelle Vigen on August 19, 2014 at 5:46pm

The Future of Demand Response in 600 Words or Less

Here's a guest blog from Jessica Kennedy (below), a writer for the site, Your Energy Blog, that gets right to the point about an important trend.

Though we sometimes hear about Demand Response (DR) in conversations about regional…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on August 4, 2014 at 11:30am

Small Business Matters

Here’s an area where municipal utilities, electric co-ops, and rural community organizers have an edge over their big-city neighbors. That is, in reaching small business-people to help boost individual energy savings and local economic development. Even in a middle-sized city, it is not too hard to know dozens of your utility’s small business customers. You see them at civic clubs, at church, at your kids’ ball games—or when you stop by on weekends with your family…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on July 30, 2014 at 12:30pm

July Webinar: Carbon Solutions We Can All Live With

I previewed David Wooley’s presentation on meeting EPA’s new carbon regs with energy efficiency and renewables at a InterSolar/ASES conference in San Francisco last week. I knew that our CEA webinar “regulars” would appreciate it, so I signed Dave up right away to share it Monday, July 21 at noon Central (11 am Mountain time). It was literally a breath of fresh air, and I don’t mean that just because the American Lung Association has predicted the new regs can…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on July 14, 2014 at 3:40pm

New Resources for Community Energy Planning

Community energy planning is not a new idea, but it's back in the news lately, as local leaders everywhere try to ease the pinch of higher gas prices and to create more green jobs. If your community is ready to visit--or revisit--this important topic, here are some new references.

One new release: the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a new report: Local Energy Planning in Practice: A Review of Recent Experiences.It looks at the work of local governments which, like Arlington County, Virginia, have developed plans to capture these benefits for their communities. We're impressed that the ACEEE team has applied knowledege and tools that have been around for decades, to try to come up with a "best practices" strategy for today.


Another source of inspiration is the website of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. This is now an annual conference, which is largely focused on local planning in action. That is, what kinds of local programs and activities might you aim for, considering which have proven exciting and successful already? See and don't miss the YouTube videos of conference "lightening presentations". Also, look for a trend among presentations that use social networking, competitions, and other new marketing techniques. CEA has tapped these resources from time to time for our own work.
Here are some more resources for community energy planning:






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