Category Archives: Energy Talks

Energy Talks is a weekly informal discussion series. Every week, a topic is chosen and a few articles are posted on the site, for background information. Free lunch is provided by the club, and discussion is always a nice break from your daily routine. Here is the schedule for fall 2014:

All sessions are at 12 noon in GOLD A2B70

Date Room Time Leader Topic
September 19 GOLD A2B70 12pm Jake Aho Energy Talks- format and content
September 26 GOLD A2B70 12pm Jake Aho Wind Energy
October 3 GOLD A2B70 12pm Smith and Simon Solar Energy
October 10 NO ENERGY TALKS- SEE OUR TABLE AT ENGINEERING DAYS!
October 17 GOLD A2B70 12pm Jake Aho Energy in Politics
October 24 GOLD A2B70 12pm TBA
October 31 GOLD A2B70 12pm TBA
November 7 GOLD A2B70 12pm TBA
November 14 GOLD A2B70 12pm TBA
November 21 GOLD A2B70 12pm TBA
….Every Friday of classes, full schedule coming soon!

NOVEMBER 21 – EXTERNALITIES

This week’s energy talk will discuss some of the externalities of energy production and use. We will first define the term externality and then discuss some of the external costs associated with energy. We will also discuss how this information can be used to inform, and possibly change, the behavior of energy consumers, to get your thoughts flowing before Bill LeBlanc’s talk on changing behavior at our Monthly meeting December 1.

November 7- Clean Power Plan with special guest Pam Kiely

This week we have a special treat. Pam Kiely will discuss the Clean Power Plan (proposed regulations on CO2 from electric power) with us before the comment period closes December 1. If you want to be informed and/or take part in the regulatory process come join us! The link to the Federal Register where you can make comments is here: https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-13726

Pam Kiely is a Colorado-based environmental advocate and consultant. As principal of PK Strategies, she works on energy and climate issues for a range of clients across the Intermountain West.

For close to a decade Pam has worked extensively on energy legislation in the Colorado General Assembly, including successful efforts to boost Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard and pass Colorado’s landmark Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. She has also been engaged in critical regulatory efforts, most recently working as part of the team to secure the first framework in the country to directly regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Before transitioning to consulting Pam led Environment Colorado, managing program work and political strategy for the statewide advocacy organization from 2008-2011.

A graduate of Harvard University, Pam is a former collegiate cyclist and Outward Bound sailboat captain.

October 31- Concentrated Solar Power

In Friday’s Energy Talk, the Energy Club will be covering a host of concentrated solar power related topics. We will start at the beginning, discussing the factors that led to the development of solar energy as a feasible resource. The market development makes for a nice segway to explore the evolution of concentrated solar power technology and the technology’s current standings. We will conclude with an engaging discussion on the current and future concentrated solar power markets.

Want a brief primer on CSP before the meeting?  Watch this short DOE video.

October 17th- Energy in the Upcoming Elections and Politics

This Friday Energy Talks will begin with a discussion on the stance of the candidates in the upcoming November election on energy related issues. We will then discuss energy in Colorado and national politics. Remember to register to vote or update your voter registration info!

Please note that the CU Energy Club does not support any political party or candidate. Our mission is to educate students and let them make up their own mind!

As always, Free Half-Fast Subs. Hope to see you there!

October 3rd- Solar Energy

In Friday’s Energy Talk, the Energy Club will be covering a host of solar energy related topics. We will start at the beginning, discussing the factors that led to the development of solar energy as a feasible resource. The market development makes for a nice segway to explore the evolution of solar cell technology and the technology’s current standings. We will conclude with an engaging discussion on the current and future solar markets.

September 26- Wind Energy

Is the answer blowing in the wind?  Today’s discussion will focus on wind energy, the current state of affairs, general trends, and future direction.  We will be discussing wind energy in general, but also talking about some of the new statistics and industry trends found in the 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, which was recently released and is packed full of information.  If you want to get a better understanding on how wind energy works, check out this YouTube video.

April 18: Grid Technology Basics

This week Alex Brissette will be filling in with a mildly technical talk on the fundamentals of the electric grid — how it is designed, and why works the way it does.  It should provide a solid background for understanding some of the challenges related to new technologies, such as rooftop solar and electric vehicles.
This talk will be centered on the technical side of how the grid works, such as why AC instead of DC, transmission vs. distribution, the basics of power electronics, and how power and frequency relate to system stability.

April 4: Tesla Motors

Hello All,

This week we are going to be discussing Tesla Motors.  The hot new car company is pioneering fully electric cars; its model S is all the rage these days and in the last year its stock price has been soaring.  Last year 2 small fires in Model S cars caused a large dip in the company’s stock, but not for long.

Tesla’s corporate strategy was first to release the Tesla Roadster, a zippy sports car, which from 2008-2011 sold 2,250 units for a list price of just over $100,000USD.  The second phase was to produce a luxury sedan, the Tesla Model S for about half that, followed by a crossover family car, the Model X, and finally a revolutionary cost competitive Camry killer Model E, slated for 2016.  Slowly, Tesla is poaching customers from other companies and keeping them hooked.  In 2014, Tesla plans to sell 40,000 vehicles worldwide, a number which is projected to continue growing as economies of scale kick in and consumers become more receptive to the idea of driving an electric vehicle.

Its an amazing time in the car industry, a revolutionary shift towards electric vehicles, and a promising new way to move away from fossil fuel transportation. Hope to see everyone there!

Rudy