This week we will be discussing natural gas power generation. Natural gas is currently one of the fastest growing energy sources. We will compare the different types of gas-fired power generation such as simple cycle, combined cycle, and reciprocating engine technologies. We’ll then talk about the pros and cons of natural gas and compare it with other energy sources like coal. Feel free to check out some information about natural gas power generation before Friday.
This Energy Talks will also lead nicely into our tour of the Plains End natural gas power plant south of Boulder during the afternoon. If you are joining for the tour, we’ll be leaving shortly after Energy Talks and will return to CU around 3:30. Find out more information and reserve your spot on the tour here (or through our events calendar).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The first energy talks will be a general open discussion about energy and what you are all interested in! We also want to get your input on the preferred format of Energy Talks. These talks will focus on particular topics as the year progresses.
We will provide free lunch from Half Fast Subs!
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.
This week we will be talking about energy efficiency. Its one of the cheapest ways of reducing energy use, but also highly underdeveloped. We will talk about why and what can be done to increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses. See you there!