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 SEPTEMBER 23 AT NOON, CENTRAL TIME, 11 AM MTN

Improving Irrigation Energy Efficiency--Your Technical and Financing Plan featuring Ron Rose of Nebraska Public Power District and Kelly Messenger of USDA.


And please spread the word to those in our rural communities who could benefit from this practical and interesting session!


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Blog Posts

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

CEA’s Energy Efficiency Connections Challenge Part 1: Helping Irrigators to REAP Savings

This month, CEA is launching the Energy Efficiency Connections challenge campaign. (As illustrated, below, we believe this should be a relief to those who consider popular challenge alternatives!) 

The idea is simple: Through November, we challenge you to make at least one personal connection with others who could benefit from existing energy efficiency programs. 

We examined our own strengths and aspirations, and we asked our colleagues to do the same, in order to pinpoint what simple, low-cost actions would make the most difference for clean energy right now. We…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on September 8, 2014 at 9:30am

Hello from Clean Energy Ambassador's new Executive Director

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Emily S. Stark and I recently had the honor of accepting the position as the new Executive Director of Clean Energy Ambassadors.  I am incredibly humbled and excited by this opportunity.

So that you know my background a bit, I grew up hiking and exploring the beautiful country in Central Pennsylvania.  This fostered my appreciation and love for our environment.  In college I studied studio arts, with an emphasis on ceramics resulting in a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania State University (WE ARE!!!).  After some reflection, I decided to attend law school and focus on environmental law.  I obtained my juris doctorate from Vermont Law School, where I was selected to work in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.  After graduation, I moved westward, and fell in love with the mountains, plains, and everything in between.  While practicing law in both Washington and Montana. I was also…


Posted by Emily Stark on September 4, 2014 at 2:03pm

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.

For example, David Gershon has created what's known as the EcoTeam model. For those that might have missed it or are unfamiliar with Gershon’s work, the EcoTeams Low Carbon Diet Program assists households in engaging in environmental actions. A household joins an EcoTeam with 5-6 others and they meet regularly over the course of a four-month period. Each team member chooses actions that match their larger goals, resources, and interests. And over the four months, neighbors get to…


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

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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