Customer-Focused Clean Energy Policy Guidance
Founded in 1997, the Colorado Energy Group (CEG) is a customer-focused strategic energy planning advisor to governments, utilities, homebuilders, developers and energy efficiency and renewable energy providers and suppliers. George Burmeister is the President of CEG. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, CEG has satellite offices in Stockton, CA, Dallas, TX and Washington, DC.
CEG is hired primarily for our energy efficiency and solar Best Practice implementation experience with industry and local and state governments, our writing skills, relationship-building and facilitation services, stakeholder engagement strategies, codes and standards knowledge, balanced Community Choice Energy (CCE) expertise, survey capabilities and our comprehensive clean energy technology policy expertise. We place a strong emphasis on voluntary, market-based solutions and are one of a few organizations at the forefront of writing and implementing local government 100-Percent Renewable Energy Strategies.
CEG Hired to Write Clean
Energy GHG-Reduction Strategies White Paper Guide for One of the Largest, Most Innovative IOUs in the Country
CEG was hired recently to research and compile an exhaustive list of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies available through buildings and codes and standards policies, along with an implementation timeline for making many of them a reality in the service territory of California’s Southern California Edison (SCE) Company. To their credit, SCE is aggressively pursuing strategies to reduce GHGs as part of a new, Company-wide focus. The White Paper will be a companion piece to the Company’s 2017 release of the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway initiative. Please call George for more information.
CEG Wins Major RFP to Prepare Long-term Solar and Storage Strategy for Boulder, Colorado
The City of Boulder wants to get from the 20 Megawatts (MW) of solar it has now to 50 MW by 2020, and 100 MW by 2030, and they hired CEG to help them figure out how to do it--both as a current customer of Xcel energy, and as a municipal utility if their efforts to municipalize move forward. CEG shared more than 53 solar Best Practices with City staff and local leaders, ranging from new PPAs for city buildings, on-bill financing, utilizing parking lot structures, establishing new Community Solar program(s), and starting aggressive new solar programs for the C & I sectors which comprise ~75-percent of the electricity load. Please click
here for a copy of the final report. Click here for a Boulder Daily Camera article on the project.
100-Percent Renewable Energy Supply RoadMap and Strategic Energy Planning Services
CEG won competitive RFPs to design new renewable energy strategies for the cities of Santa Barbara, California and Lafayette, Colorado to take them to 100-percent renewable energy supply. The City of Santa Barbara work will complement our ongoing efforts with Santa Barbara County. Hats off to these two communities for their innovative, aggressive pursuit of clean energy! Please call George for details.
Denver – Facilitating a Discussion on the “True Value” of Solar Energy
CEG was hired as a facilitator by the State of Colorado Energy Office to negotiate common ground and agreement between the solar industry and Xcel Energy, and to help discover the “true value” of solar. To read press related to this project, please see the articles in the
Denver Business Journal, GreenTech Media and the Denver Post . CEG is at the forefront of these policy discussions as dozens of states wrestle with this issue.
City of Lewisville, Texas…New Sustainability Action Plan!
CEG was hired to write a new Sustainability Action Plan for this growing north Texas community. In addition to writing the Plan, CEG will help lead public workshops seeking input on the Plan.
SCE, and Statewide IOU Codes and Standards Team Support
Due to CEG’s past California leadership in the area, we were asked to help lead Reach Code efforts for both the Southern California Edison Company, and the statewide IOU Codes and Standards Team.
The Sustainable Energy Roadmap Project: San Joaquin Valley, California
California’s San Joaquin Valley is ground-zero for large scale solar project encroachment on America’s most prized agricultural land. The stakes are high not only for the Valley but for the more than 50-percent of Americans that rely on this food source. CEG provided technical assistance to Valley local governments over two years, and CEG was the lead author on a highly-acclaimed 70-page White Paper which documents the major public policy issues related to this important topic. For the formal press release on the White Paper, please click here: Press Release
CEG Authors Innovative, New Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan (CREP) for San Diego County
CEG and a team of colleagues recently completed a Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan (CREP) for the County of San Diego. Purposes of the CREP include identifying opportunities for increased renewable energy production while protecting habitat-sensitive land, and identifying investment patterns needed for four future planning scenarios involving an increasing State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that goes from 33% to 50%, to 75% and 100%. CEG led a year-long review of national Best Practices for this innovative project.