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.


"Lessons Learned" About Small Business Energy Savings

This webinar draws on "lessons learned" by local utilities and energy coordinators, to outline a customizable fall outreach campaign for small businesses in your community. The webinar  draws on tips from APPA's updated publication of "Energy Matters for Small Business," presented by Jill Cliburn, and it also features Joni Livingston, with news from Missouri River Energy Services' fall 2014 small business campaign.


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


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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

REAP Rural Energy Saving Now!

I found this item on the U.S.  Department of Agriculture (USDA) REAP program at Clean Energy Finance Forum. Thanks to Kat Friedrich for the piece. Many CEA website readers are already familiar with REAP—but if you are not, or if you need a nudge to consider using this source of rural grant and loan money, we are nudging you now! Remember that CEA has a new “Drop in Consultation” service, which provides a free expert consulting session. If you…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on June 4, 2014 at 11:12am

Join the 4 Cool Moves Webinar and Check Out These Resources

How’s your weather? The sky outside my office window was filled with snowflakes yesterday—a doubly jarring springtime event. That’s because I moved some time ago from the Midwest to Sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico and also because I have been preparing to give the May webinar presentation for CEA, on hot weather energy saving tips. Think about sandals, sunhats, lemonade or cold beer, humidity, and utility customers worried about their cooling bills. It will happen sooner than we think—so…


Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on May 14, 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, 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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