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CNEE and RAP Discuss Western States Electricity Market with NCEL

The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators ( ) requested a presentation for member legislators from Jeff Ackermann and his Regulatory Assistance Project colleague, Dr. Carl Linvill ( ) on development of the western states electricity market, from a state legislative perspective.  This video presents excerpts from the complete (members-only) meeting, providing the slide presentations and associated narrations.

Governor Ritter to Join WorkingNation’s “Green Jobs Now” Panel at the ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego on April 5

Green Jobs Now

Protecting and repairing the environment is not just good news for our planet, it is also good news for the American worker. The demand for workers with green skills rose dramatically last year in all industries – from tech to health care to the skilled trades – and is projected to grow even more this year with the passage of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Using our own proprietary state-by-state research, this WorkingNation panel examines where the opportunities exist today and tomorrow for green jobs and identifies educational pathways that lead to the skills job seekers need to get these in-demand jobs.

The panel will be moderated by Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-chief of  WorkingNation. Panelists are former Colorado Governor  Bill Ritter, Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University; Daniel Ferguson, Senior Director of Workforce Development at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI); Matt Sigelman, Chairman of Emsi Burning Glass; Frank Niepold, Senior Climate Education Program Manager and Coordinator at NOAA’s Climate Program Office; and Joan Lynch, Chief Content and Programming Officer at WorkingNation.

When and where: Tuesday, April 5, 10:10-10:50 a.m. PT, Harbor E, Level 2, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego.

More information can be found here:

On March 16, Governor Ritter will Moderate Panel on Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) Implications for Local Communities: Justice & Development

Climate scientists have identified carbon removal as central to addressing the climate crisis. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) provides a potential solution—but it is uncertain how viable it could be as a sustainable and economic carbon removal method.

The Energy Futures Initiative workshop will dive deep into the potential of BECCS to help us achieve the U.S. goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury.

Expert panels will focus on (1) feedstock and forestry issues for making BECCS a sustainable and viable climate solution and (2) addressing environmental justice concerns for BECCS plants and infrastructure, which panel Governor Ritter will moderate.  You’ll also hear the first public presentation of EFI’s BECCS literature review, “Surveying the BECCS Landscape” (published in January 2022), which sets the stage for understanding BECCS challenges and opportunities.

Please register here.

Governor Ritter to Moderate Panel at the Denver Solar Power and Energy Storage Conference on February 1, 2022

On February 1 at 9:30 am MT, Governor Ritter will moderate the following panel at the Solar Power and Energy Storage Conference:

The State Policy and the Energy Transition: How states are building the aircraft while flying it

DENVER BALLROOM in the Hilton Denver City Center

While federal infrastructure legislation may make the news, energy policy is really determined at the state level.  Hear from executive directors at Mountain West state energy offices about their successes in clean energy policy in 2021 and their vision for climate goals, cleaner air, wholesale markets, electric transportation, and building electrification in 2022.


  • Moderator: Bill Ritter, Jr., Former Colorado Governor; Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
  • Thom Carter, Governor’s Energy Advisor and Executive Director, Utah Office of Energy Development
  • Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
Register for the conference here.
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