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Clean Energy Fundamentals Course #1 (in conjunction with Clean Energy Means Business Buyer's Summit)

  • McNichols Civic Center Denver, CO USA (map)

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a new training and credentialing program to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate clean energy fundamentals into their decision-making and professional activities.  This course provides participants with essential training enabling them to effectively engage in and contribute to organizational efforts to assess, design and scale clean energy initiatives.

Course participants will learn from experts on the basics of clean energy program considerations, offsets and renewable energy credits, national and subnational market forces, business case fundamentals and innovative solutions.Professionals across occupations in the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this training series, particularly with roles related to planning, infrastructure, energy/facilities management, procurement, legal, contracting, sustainability and environmental management.


Day 1: November 13, 2018
(1:00pm – 5:30pm)

Basics of Program Considerations
(1:00pm – 3:00pm)

  • Clean energy technologies

  • On-site vs. off-site

  • Contracting & finance mechanisms

  • Aggregating interests

  • Role of energy storage

Understanding Local, Regional and National Energy Development and Market Forces
(3:30pm – 5:30pm)

  • Current and forecasted energy markets

  • Technological advancement

  • Market shaping forces

  • Implications of community choice aggregation

  • Colorado state and local policy

Day 2: November 14, 2018
(11:00am – 3:45pm)

Developing & Making the Business Case
(11:00am – 12:30pm)

  • Understanding risks and corresponding tradeoffs

  • Quantifying & framing co-benefits

  • Applying the right energy solution and maximizing productivity and co-benefits

  • Decision analytics and overcoming paralysis

Designing & Implementing Novel Solutions
(1:45pm – 3:45pm)

  • Case studies

  • Evaluating opportunities and conceiving a project

  • Shaping a project with multiple partners aggregating energy loads


Earning Recognition & Education Credits through this Training Program

Earning Recognition:

ACCO is establishing a series of certificates and credentials designed to reflect an individual’s capacity to meaningfully contribute to, or lead, organizational efforts to scale up clean energy consumption and procurement. 

Course participants will have an inside track toward earning the first certificate in this series when it is unveiled by the Association of Climate Change Officers in early 2019. 

Earning Education Credits:

Participants may also leverage this workshop to earn 7.5 hours toward satisfying elective credits and/or continuing education requirements for the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential.

Participating in the Clean Energy Means Business Buyer’s Summit

The Clean Energy Means Business Buyer’s Summit (CEMB) is the Mountain West’s premier event for municipal, commercial and non-profit energy management and sustainability leaders and decision makers seeking to reduce energy costs, manage energy risks, and further sustainability initiatives through implementing clean energy solutions.

This workshop is built into the agenda for the CEMB. Participants will be invited to leverage plenary sessions, networking events and activities held during CEMB adjacent to the above-referenced schedule.

Earlier Event: November 13
Clean Energy Means Business