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Mark Davis & Alessandra Kortenhorst, CH4STOP

Edward Barbier, Professor of Economics, Colorado State University

Cory Welch and James Milford, Lumidyne Consulting



  • We hosted the Denver Energy Dialogues. August 23, 2018
  • We hosted Israeli scientists and policymakers on a State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. 


2019 Seminar Archive


  • Book Launch – Titans of the Climate March 21, 2019.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, Energy and Environmental Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

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    • “Energy Perspectives 2018” March 18, 2019.

    Eirik Waerness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Equinor. 

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    • “The Renewable Power of the Mine” February 28, 2019.

    Nicolas Maennling, Lead Economics and Policy Researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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    • “The Politics of Emission Policy in the US” February 27, 2019.

    Brian Efird, Senior Research Fellow and Program Director, Policy and Decision Science, KAPSARC


    2018 Seminar Archive

      • “Power System Planning and Markets” November 30

    Presented by Ben Hobbs, Johns Hopkins


      • “Energy Systems Integration” November 26

    Presented by Mark O’Malley, Senior Research Fellow, and Chief Scientist of Energy Systems Integration, NREL
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      • “Panel Discussion: Pueblo’s Renewable Energy Transition” November 13

    Presented by Kathleen Staks, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office


      • “Copper’s Role in the Energy Transition” November 7

    Presented by Andrea J. Vaccari, Director Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, International Copper Association
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      • “United States Diplomacy and the Challenges Ahead” November 6

    Presented by Ambassador Christopher Hill, University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies


      • “Oil on the Water – A Look at Security Concerns Relating to Hydrocarbons Activity in the Maritime Domain” November 2

    Presented by Dr. Ian M. Ralby, I.R. Consilium


      • “”Does Half A Degree of Global Warming Matter?” October 29

    Presented by Brian O’Neill, University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies
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      • “The Emerging Economic, Environmental, and Geopolitical Implications of Changing U.S. Energy Trade” October 18

    Presented by Alex Gilbert, SparkLibrary
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      • “Getting Published in a Leading Journal: Perspectives of Authors, Editors, and Publishers” October 8

    Presented by Adam Fraser, Elsevier
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      • “Leading the Energy Transition” October 1

    Presented by Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
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      • “Energy in Africa” September 17

    Presented by Todd Moss, Center for Global Development


      • “The Oil-Climate Index” September 13

    Presented by Deborah Gordon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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      • “The Role of Natural Gas in the Energy Transition” August 22

    Presented by Arvind Ravikumar, Stanford University
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      • “RETScreen software and energy investment decisionmaking” May 16

    Presented by Gregory Leng, Natural Resources Canada
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    • “Weather-Informed Energy Systems Utilizing the WIS:dom Optimization Model” May 3
      Presented by Christopher Clack, CEO, Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC
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    • “Ways of Price Making and the Problem of Markets in the U.S. Natural Gas Industry” April 26
      Presented by William Boyd, professor of law at University of Colorado Law School
      Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Policy innovation
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    • “Climate Change and Inland Flood Risk in the Continental United States” April 17
      Presented by Cameron Wobus, principal scientist, Abt Associates
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    • “Fires, Flares, Boats, and Lights – Data Gems From a NOAA Weather Satellite” April 11
      Presented by Christopher D. Elvidge, PhD
      NOAA‐NESDIS‐NCEI Earth Observation Group
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    • “Vulnerability of the U.S. Electricity Grid to Climate and Water” April 5
      Presented by Jordan Macknick, Energy – Water – Land Lead Analyst
      National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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    • “Colorado’s Electric Sector” April 3
      Presented by Mark D. Safty, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development
      School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver
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    • “Energy in Colorado” March 22
      Presented by Andy Spielman, partner, co-partner-in-charge, Denver office
      Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice at WilmerHale
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    • “Global Manufacturing and Trade of Renewable Energy Technologies” March 20
      Presented by Jill Engel-Cox, director, Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center
      Deputy director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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    • “Lessons from Australia on Clean Energy Opportunities and Challenges for Electricity Grids, Large and Small” March 1
      Presented by Iain MacGill, associate professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW Australia
      Joint director (engineering) UNSW Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets
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