Clean Energy Ambassadors

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

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Clean Energy Ambassadors invites you to join our free webinar each month at Noon Central Time. 

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Register here for our May 20th webinar at Noon Central Time: What Are Your 4 Cool Moves?

See archives from previous webinars in our Forum on the right side of this page.


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Here's to a Great 2014 for Local Energy Efficiency and Renewables!

If you are an old friend of Clean Energy Ambassadors or a new visitor researching ways to fine-tune local energy strategy, be aware that CEA has been on hiatus, but WILL BE BACK SOON! It's hard to keep information-based programs like this going, but CEA's sponsoring non-profit, Plains Justice, has been busy working on renewed funding and goals for the coming year. While the final puzzle-pieces move into place, you can still find a treasure-trove of information on…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on January 17, 2014 at 2:50pm

SEPA Report Crafted To Support Constructive Dialogue on Net Energy Metering

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an educational non-profit focused on helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios, today released “Ratemaking, Solar Value and Solar Net Energy Metering – A Primer.” In a rapidly changing solar environment and as the penetration of distributed solar generation (DG) is increasing, the primer is designed to offer a balanced viewpoint on net energy metering (NEM) by providing a basic understanding of state…


Posted by Emilie Deans on July 23, 2013 at 3:37pm

Nominate or Apply for an Inspiring Efficiency Award Today

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation. More information can be found here. We invite you to apply for one of our prestigious awards now. Please click on the below links for each application.

Questions? Email Tina Keith at…


Posted by Tina Keith on July 15, 2013 at 12:52pm

What Randy Started Still Inspires

Maybe you read a small note in the newspaper last week, that Randy Udall, brother of Colorado Congressman Mark Udall, cousin of New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, and son of deceased Arizona Congressman Mo Udall, died at the age of 61. He was reported missing while hiking in Wyoming the week before. Understandably, the first thing most people would think of is the Udall dynasty. But those of us who ever met him breathed a deep, sad sigh when we heard the news and hoped…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on July 9, 2013 at 3:48pm

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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