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Jeffrey Ackermann, Former Colorado PUC Chairman to Join the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University is pleased to announce that Jeff Ackermann, former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, will join the CNEE team on February 15, in the role of Senior Policy Advisor.

“We look forward to working with Jeff during this important time of energy transition,” said CNEE Director Bill Ritter, Jr. “This is a perfect time to have a former regulator of Jeff’s caliber join our staff. Jeff’s deep subject matter expertise will prove crucial in our efforts to help Western States and Western utilities improve regional energy system planning and expand renewable energy and storage resources.”

Read the full press release here.

Biden Administration Tackles Climate Change Early On

In just the first 100 days, President Biden has already introduced a number of sweeping Executive Orders to protect key areas of the environment and take climate action, but will that be enough? WORT producer Kai Producer spoke with Bill Ritter Jr., former Colorado State Governor and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

Listen to the interview here.

CNEE Research Internship Opportunity for Graduate Students

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) paid research intern to join our team. This internship is a unique opportunity for a current graduate student interested in learning about clean energy policy. The successful applicant will work closely with our Research Manager, Assistant Director, CNEE’s expert staff, and other student interns on a variety of projects, including the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL Tracker), the State Policy Opportunity Tracker for Clean Energy (SPOT for Clean Energy), and the Clean Energy Legislative Academy.

The full job posting is available here. Interested graduate students are encouraged to apply.

CNEE Releases “Craig, Colorado: Coal Town in Transition” Video Series

The Center for the New Energy Economy today released a series of micro-documentaries— Craig, Colorado, Coal Town in Transition —that provides an up-close look at a rural, Colorado town facing an economic transition away from coal. The four-part series is designed to spark conversations and increase understanding across the urban-rural divide by illustrating the reality of a local community facing the closure of Craig’s two mines and coal power plant within the coming decade. In partnership with Clouds North Films, the series centers local voices and the real-life impacts of policy, drawing connections and detailing choices and consequences of decisions, including how to build an equitable transition for a community of “can do” people. From the coal miner’s daughter and successful entrepreneur, to the mineworker, schoolteacher, and the county official, the subjects of the series all voice their thoughts on their community’s future — from worry to hope. The series encourages viewers to listen to coal country voices and consider how energy policy can shape and drive not only the fate of coal mines and plants but inspire cleaner energy solutions, more effective state decision-making, and community and economic resilience.

Watch the series and learn more here: https://cnee.colostate.edu/energytransition

Join Governor Ritter and Other Panelists at Colorado State University’s Virtual International Symposium: A Burning World

Climate change is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid or deny. It has become part of daily life for too many people on every continent. During the past couple of years, the world has seen unprecedented wildfires — from Australia to the Amazon, in the Arctic, and in Central Asia. Last year, Colorado and California also experienced their worst fire seasons on record, causing devastation on a scale never seen before. Changes in climate have not only made forests more susceptible to fire directly, but warmer and drier conditions have increased the vulnerability of many forests to pests and invasive plants which are altering our ecology and leaving forests ever more vulnerable to uncontrollable fires.

Wildfires on the scale we’ve been experiencing pose great risk to human health and cause unprecedented environmental and economic devastation. Air pollutants can spread thousands of miles to contaminate the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. This panel will discuss increased wildfire activity, the root causes of climate change, and the cost to human health and society.

Register for the webinar on Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time

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