11/6/12 – Monthly Meeting

Join CU Energy for our next membership meeting November 6th from 5-6 pm in Humanities 150. This month, we are partnering with the CU New Venture Challenge, and talking about how entrepreneurship relates to energy. We will start the meeting of with brief announcements about the club, followed by a discussion with our speaker Dick Franklin.  Immediately following the meeting, we will have an optional breakout session for anyone interested in learning more about the New Venture Challenge, anyone looking for a team or additional members, or anyone looking to bounce ideas around.  We will also be providing FREE COSMOS PIZZA, so be there!

Topic: Entrepreneurship in the energy sector

Speaker: Dick Franklin

Special events: Optional breakout session immediately following to discus the New Venture Challenge.  Chance to meet a team, interested members, or bounce ideas around

Speaker Bio: Richard brings 25 years of CEO, COO, CSO, SVP level experience with corporations such as Reebok, Coors, Head Sports, Seven-Up, TCI, Nestle etc. His expertise is in strategic, organizational and process change which transforms ecological challenges with economic returns. He has done sustainability work, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects, EMS (Environmental Management Systems), eco-strategies and brand positioning for organizations such as Merrick, Channel 9, Douglas County Schools, St. Mary’s University, Accuwater, Texas Business for Clean Air, etc. Among his many community activities are United Way Denver, Children’s Museum, Renewable Energy Task Force, Audubon Society, Denver South Metro Chamber, Renewable Energy Taskforce, CORE, Clean Start Incubator, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, Earth Protect and CCIA.

Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce degree from SMU, Nova Scotia in 1999. In 2008, the South Metro Chamber awarded Richard the “Volunteer Leader of the Year” award.

10/9/12 – Monthly Meeting

Update: See Trieu Mai’s Presentation and check out the cool interactive map he displayed here


Join us for our monthly membership meeting in Humanities 150 on Tuesday 10/9 from 5-6 pm. We will start off the meeting with updates on upcoming energy related activities and tours, as well as updates from the Energy Club sub-committees. Our featured speaker is Trieu Mai from NREL. As always, we will have FREE FOOD, so come check it out.

Topic: Renewable Electricity Futures

Speaker: Trieu Mai, Electricity Modeling Supervisor — NREL

Description: RE Futures is an initial investigation of the extent to
which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the
contiguous United States over the next several decades. This study
explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable
electricity generation levels–from 30% up to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all
U.S. electricity generation from renewable technologies–in 2050. At such
high levels of renewable electricity penetration, the unique
characteristics of some renewable resources, specifically geographical
distribution and variability and uncertainty in output, pose challenges to
the operability of the nation’s electric system. The study focuses on key
technical implications of this environment from a national perspective,
exploring whether the U.S. power system can supply electricity to meet
customer demand on an hourly basis with high levels of renewable
electricity, including variable wind and solar generation. The study also
identifies some of the potential economic, environmental, and social
implications of deploying and integrating high levels of renewable
electricity in the United States. The full report and associated
supporting information is available at:

Speaker Bio: Dr. Trieu Mai is one of the lead authors and analysts for
the Renewable Electricity Futures study, an NREL report that explores the
technical issues and implications of high renewable electricity deployment
in the U.S. Dr. Mai is currently the supervisor for the electricity
modeling section of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory. His particular interest is in capacity
expansion and dispatch modeling of the electricity sector. Before coming
to NREL, Dr. Mai worked in the intellectual property field in Silicon
Valley. He earned his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of
California Santa Cruz.

9/18/12 – Monthly Meeting: First Membership Meeting Tuesday

Join us for our first membership meeting of the year in Humanities 150 on Tuesday 9/18 from 5-6 pm. We will start off the meeting by briefly discussing plans for the year, including the launch of our corporate and events sub-committees. Following that we will welcome our first speaker Steve Hauser. As always, we will have FREE FOOD, so come check it out