Colorado Electrification Leadership Summit Presentations

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Location

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
1100 W 116th Ave., Westminster, CO

Photos courtesy of Rachel Ellis.

Agenda

Morning Session

Welcome
Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association


Opening Remarks
Neil Kolwey, BEL-CO Director, SWEEP Building Electrification Specialist


Funding through Federal Infrastructure and Inflation Reduction Acts
Neil Kolwey, Director of BEL-CO, gives an overview of BEL-CO and introduction to the event, and introduces Keith Dennis, the President of the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL). Keith discusses “what is beneficial electrification?” and provides an overview of all the new federal funding for beneficial electrification, especially for buildings, in the infrastructure (BIL) and inflation reduction (IRA) acts.

Keith Dennis, President, Beneficial Electrification League (BEL)

Keith Dennis, President, Beneficial Electrification League (BEL)


Colorado Building Electrification Policy Highlights
Will Toor, Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, provides background on state policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, and discusses specific policies that will help drive electrification of buildings.

Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office


Case Studies: Successes with Heat Pump Adoption for New and Existing Homes
Four speakers discuss examples of successful energy efficiency and electrification projects: a) Doug Jones of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, b) Blake Ottersberg, Morgan Creek Ventures, c) Rob Bayless, Elephant Energy, and d) Eric Reinhart, Helio Home.

Doug Jones, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Doug Jones, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Blake Ottersberg, Morgan Creek Ventures

Blake Ottersberg, Morgan Creek Ventures

Rob Bayless, Elephant Energy

Rob Bayless, Elephant Energy

Eric Reinhart, Helio Home

Eric Reinhart, Helio Home


Induction Cooking Demonstration
Chef Andrew Forlines gives a demonstration and elaboration of the benefits of induction cooking for residential homes.

Chef Andrew Forlines

Chef Andrew Forlines


Afternoon Session

Keynote: Business Case for Building Electric New Homes
Nick Jacobs, President of Diverge Homes, tells the story of how Diverge has evolved to now focusing on building all-electric new homes.

Nick Jacobs, President, Diverge Homes

Nick Jacobs, President, Diverge Homes


Show Me the Money! Highlights of Federal, State, and Local/Utility Funding for Electric New Construction; State and Local Building Code Updates
a) Zach Swank of Boulder County provides a concise summary of tax credits and rebates available through the IRA, for electrification of new and existing homes. b) Christine Brinker of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), highlights the new state building code legislation and provides examples of how local governments in Colorado are updating their codes to encourage or require more electrification of homes.

Zach Swank, Boulder County

Zach Swank, Boulder County

Christine Brinker, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)

Christine Brinker, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)


Presented by:

Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado

Silver Sponsors:

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Daikin

Bronze Sponsors:

Armada Power
Colorado Rural Electric Association
Water Furnace
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