Energy Frontiers Talks: Student Research into the Energy Transition


Join BCRES in welcoming student researchers from CU Boulder and the CU Energy Club to share their current energy-focused research and projects. This event will feature four student groups presenting over an hour and a half with room for Q&A after each presentation.

Title: The Business Case for Sustainable Real Estate
Speaker: Blair Simpson
Description: A case study overview of LEED-certified, Net-Zero, and Grid-Interactive Efficient Building (GEB) development in commercial real estate. Blair Simpson will examine financial mechanisms and bottom-line incentives for achieving a more sustainable building infrastructure in metro areas.

Title: Energy Policy Analysis with Guzman Energy
Speakers: Kayla Carey, Nathan Stottler
Description: A preview of the policy research, analysis, and proposals to be performed by Kayla Carey and Nathan Stottler in their 2020 MENV Capstone Project. Topics include Colorado PUC and General Assembly proceedings pertinent to Guzman Energy, a full-service wholesale power provider, as well as an in-depth research project that will be of interest to actors in the wider energy transition in Colorado and the Intermountain West.

Title: "Smart" Grid-Responsive Homes
Speaker: Kaitlyn Garifi
Description: Currently, our power grid is operated to match our electricity demand every second of the day. Designing a "smart" grid-responsive home aims to flip that; homes will instead match their electricity demand to the renewable energy available. Kaitlyn Garifi, a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at CU Boulder, will discuss her work on designing algorithms to optimally manage electricity usage in "smart" grid-responsive homes.

Title: C-PACE Financing: Helping Developers Invest in Clean Energy
Speakers: Andy Bingle, Caroline Cox, Dan Kristofzski, Raquel Soat
Description: Historically, commercial and industrial developers had little incentive to invest in clean energy upgrades. Developers had to pay the upfront costs while the tenants, who pay the utility bills, were the ones seeing the energy-saving benefits. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, which passed in Colorado in 2016, is creatively designed to help developers pay for the energy projects and benefit from the energy savings. Join students from the Masters of the Environment program to examine C-PACE financing and learn about their stakeholder engagement project which, in partnership with Boulder-based Independent Power Systems, is designed to understand developer motivations for clean energy investments.


Free event parking is available in Lot 556 (now behind the SEEC building on the East side)

The West Entrance Circle Lot (550) is now only for unloading and short-term parking. What was formerly Lot 556 is now pay-to-park at all times.

6:30 Arrive, Light refreshments
7:00 Announcements, followed by the presentation
8:15 Questions, networking, wrap-up, and clean-up

During the Announcements portion of the evening, we certainly encourage you to share info on upcoming events and/or job postings related to your organization or other organizations. If you have something you want to share with the group, and if you want that info posted on our Announcement slides, please send the info via email to [masked].


The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is dedicated to the advancement of all forms of renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and their synergy with sustainability and economic development.

ABOUT CU Energy Club

The CU Energy Club is a multidisciplinary group focused on both education and outreach in the energy sector. Its primary goals are to expand on what CU students learn in the classroom and help them make connections in the energy industry. The club appeals to both graduate and undergraduate students, drawing primarily from students of engineering, environmental science, business and anyone interested in energy.