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, TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 AT NOON, CENTRAL TIME, 11 AM MTN

The Surprising Benefits of Controlled Electric Water Heaters, featuring Ed Webster of Great River Energy.

Register HERE today!

We will post registration information about the November irrigation energy efficiency workshop (live in Grand Island, Nebraska November 18) within the next week, so please save that date!



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Welcome SDREA Members!

The SDREA was formed in 1942 and serves as the member services organization for electric cooperatives operating in South Dakota.  SDREA is devoted to unifying, promoting, and protecting the interests of member cooperatives in South Dakota through training, leadership, communication, legislative services, and other member services.  

I would like to thank the SDREA for inviting me to speak at their annual meeting about how Clean Energy Ambassadors can help their cooperatives increase energy efficiency, utilize available programming, and address the changing regulatory environment. Learn more about the SDREA…


Posted by Emily Stark on October 15, 2014 at 9:33am

Looking for the Facts About Water Heating?

In advance of our October 21 webinar on the storage benefits of electric water heating, we thought it would be useful to give a few resources for you--meaning utility professionals, community leaders, and the rest of us who use hot water--as we face the question, "Which hot water heater is best?"

As I was perusing the blogoshere on this question, this photo (right) caught my eye. That is the same kind of "contact water heater" I recall from a season spent working on rural electrification in Guatemala. It defied the idea that electricity and water do not mix, and in fact, the one in my shower had a few very loose wires, which greatly discouraged reaching up to adjust the showerhead or spending much time bathing, for that matter.

I got this image from…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on October 7, 2014 at 2:57pm

What’s HOT? New, Controlled Electric Water Heaters for "Cooler" Electric Utilities

The Clean Energy Ambassadors October webinar on electric water heaters could change the way you see the future of the electric utility industry. That’s a big promise. But emerging utility interest in balancing energy use from devices as simple as water heaters against energy generation opens all kinds of new possibilities for an affordable, clean energy future.

Gary Connett, director of member services for Minnesota’s Great River Energy (GRE) G&T will be the featured guest at this webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 12 noon Central Time. The webinar is free, with registration here, or in our webinar box, to the left.

 GRE has been a leader in utility demand response for decades. Today, more than 200,000…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on September 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

Thanks to Dave and Rob for New Ways to Find Program Solutions!

Last month, CEA hosted a webinar under the theme of “lessons learned.” Turns out, that theme strikes a chord with our online community. We received several calls, both from community program organizers and from information providers with questions—and answers—about how to find new energy-efficiency program solutions. We thought we’d share information on tools sent in by Dave Ribeiro of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Rob Penny of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Experts Program. Each is an easily searchable database that you’ll find useful if you’re looking for technical or public-education oriented programs that you can replicate (with your own customizations!) in your community.…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on September 19, 2014 at 12:00pm

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, CEA can offer helpful advice and references! Here is a sampling:
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.
This full factsheet will be updated and posted in the Forum Section soon-- Check back next month or drop us a line through the Member Messages tool!




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