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call for the leadership of our organization to be elected by the members and for regular reporting to members.
Larson, Ph.D. CRES Secretary
is retired and mostly working in volunteer renewable energy areas,
often overseas. For one, he is coordinator of an international
list called "stoves", dedicated to improving simple low-cost
stoves in developing countries. He is CRES Secretary and Chair of
the CRES Government Affairs Committee, which deals with issues
before the Colorado PUC and legislature.
is the President of SciTech Communication, Inc. He is currently
the editor of CRES NEWS and is active on several CRES committees.
He served as manager of Technical Information Programs at NREL for
13 years. He was a member of the ASES Board for 12 years, and was
twice elected that group's chairman.
Dr. Harold "Hub" Hubbard, was the Solar Research Research
Institute's (SERI) 3rd Director from August 1981 to January 1990.
SERI was the predecessor to NREL, and in the late 1990's Hub lent
substantial support to CRES in it's formative years. He is seen
here at the SERI employee's 25 year reunion in Golden in July
Sheila Townsend has served as Executive Director of the Colorado
Renewable Energy Society since June 2001. She works for CRES about
20 hours a week, and has organized our membership database,
solicited sponsorships for CREC and the Tour of Solar Buildings,
and generally plays a key role in keeping our organization moving
forward on a daily basis.
Sheila has a Masters of Arts degree in Political Science from
Colorado State University. She has a long history as a volunteer
organizer, working on numerous local and state political and
environmental campaigns. She served for 11 years on Golden's Earth
Day and Clear Creek Canyon Cleanup.
President - Thom Johnson
Past President - Megan
Vice President - Dave
Secretary - Ronal Larson
Treasurer - Paul Notari
Board of Directors
CRES has Officers and a Board of Directors nominated by and voted for by the members. The officers and board members are listed below. The Board chooses candidates for officers; Board members are nominated and voted upon by CRES members. The Vice-President serves as next year's president. The current board members are:
is currently the Laboratory Coordinator for the Million Solar
Roofs Initiative at NREL / DOE, overseeing contracts and
partnerships with MSR participants. She has served as an
independent energy and public policy consultant, and is the former
head of the Texas Energy Office and the NREL Office of State and
Local Initiatives. Carol is also a secretarial appointee to the
Colorado Senate Energy Advisory Committee and active in CRES'
legislative efforts. Her educational credentials include a
master's degree in public affairs and an undergraduate degree in
retired from the US DOE, where he headed the Golden Field Office.
Prior to his tenure in Colorado, he served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Energy, and later as Acting Assistant Secretary for
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, DC. He
currently serves on the Board of the Colorado STEPP Foundation,
the Board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, and the
Steering Committee of the World Renewable Energy Congress.
American Solar Energy Society for twelve years, and is now an
independent consultant in Boulder. Prior to his position with ASES,
our parent organization, he held similar positions with other ASES
chapters in New Mexico and the Northeast Sustainable Energy
Association. Larry likes to hike, ski and is his family's
is currently a
Senior Program Specialist in Codes and Standards for the US DOE.
Prior to that he initiated the Green Building program in Austin,
TX and was State Coordinator for Colorado's Built Green program.
Doug has been active in planning our Colorado Renewable Energy
Conference for several years, serving as the Program Chair in
2001, Conference Committee Chair in 2002, and was in charge of the
social and music elements of CREC 2003. He is Chairman of the CRES
Buildings Committee and coordinates our Renewable Energy in
Engineering, Inc, a firm that specializes in energy and resource
efficiency in buildings, and energy analysis of buildings and
fenestration products. Enermodal recently collaborated with CRES
on a project to promote RE throughout Colorado. Sue is currently
working with the Stapleton Foundation to incorporate renewable
energy into the elementary school to be built at Stapleton. She is
also working with Ensar Group on a number of other local projects
to gain LEED Green Building certification. Sue balances this with
her family life and doesn't know what she would do without the
laughter of her two little girls.
leads an engineering and project management consulting firm
specializing in utility-scale wind turbine design and wind farm
development, as well as small renewable energy system
applications. He is a member of the CRES Finance Committee, has
participated in many policy discussions at the Colorado Public
Utility Commission, and is a member of Xcel's Renewable Energy
Trust Advisory Board. Apart from CRES activities, Tim serves as a
volunteer mediator, and coordinates programs for the Society for
International Development. His escapist activities currently
include soccer, skiing, bird watching, and in spring 2015 he
sailed around many islands in the Caribbean.
is the Executive
Director of the Colorado Energy Science Center, which often works
in close cooperation with CRES. Prior to heading the CESC, he
worked on energy and climate change projects at the International
Institute for Energy Conservation and at NREL. Pat has assisted
developing countries on greenhouse gas reduction initiatives,
attended international climate negotiations sessions, and lectured
on energy and climate issues in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
His nearly 20 years of sustainable energy experience includes
managing programs to implement energy efficiency in buildings,
developing legislation and policy for the State of Washington, and
providing Demand Side Management consulting services to electric
utilities. Pat holds Masters in Public Administration from
Evergreen State College. Pat and his wife spend most of their time
raising two great daughters. The older one is in high school and
they attend lots of her games, while Pat helps coach the younger
daughter's team. The Keegan family loves to hike and camp when
is our CRES 2015 President. He works as a Mechanical Engineer for
EMC Engineers, Inc. in Golden and as an independent energy
consultant with his company RAD Energy Systems, specializing in
integrated energy system design that incorporates RE and EE. He
took the lead in fundraising for our 2000 CREC conference, is a
board-member of CRES and CoSEIA, and a member of ASES, ASHRAE
(American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
Engineers), CoSEIA (Solar Thermal and PV certified), CRES, RMAEE
(Rocky Mountain Association of Energy Engineers) and RPA (Radiant
Panel Association). Remodeling his house (and those of his
"squids"), working on cars (and those of his "squids"), collecting
videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and LPs occupies some of his remaining free
CRES Past President
has been on the CRES board since 1999 and was CRES' President in
2002. With a background in policy analysis and economic
development, she hopes to help strengthen the organizational base
of CRES, broadening at the same time the prominence of renewable
energy in the public and private sectors of Colorado. She manages
E-Star Colorado, a statewide non-profit program devoted to
advancing energy efficiency in buildings through the promotion of
both voluntary programs and energy codes for buildings. Originally
a second-generation Alaskan, she has been in Colorado since 1977,
when she was a freshman at Colorado College.
is Executive Director of the Colorado and Arizona Coalitions for
New Energy Technologies and an independent consultant. He worked
for former Congressman Dan Schaefer (R-Colo.) in Washington and
served as his advisor on renewable energy and energy efficiency
issues. Since 1997, Craig has played an active role in energy
issues at the federal, state and local levels and continues to
work on stakeholder outreach efforts in the U.S. DOE's
Superconductivity and Wind Energy programs. He received his B.A.
degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his M.A.
degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Bowden, CRES Vice President
is a television producer, writer, and cameraman for national news
and documentary programs, and has also created a wide range of
videos and multimedia for corporate and non-profit clients. He
supervises many elements of CRES' publicity efforts, including
this website. Dave has traveled widely and participates in many
outdoor-sporting pursuits including skiing, ice hockey, and
hiking. He has climbed 15 of Colorado's highest "Fourteener"
peaks, is a skilled nature photographer, and holds two degrees in
art and design.
is employed as a Sustainable Design Specialist at RMH Group, one
of the largest mechanical/electrical design firms in Colorado. She
graduated from UC Berkeley and CU Boulder, with previous RE and EE
experience at LBL, NREL, Kreider, & Associates, and the ENSAR
Group. She was Program Chair for CREC 2002, organizing the first
CRES tours and workshops for the Conference, and is the CREC
Conference Chair for 2003.
Board Member photos by Doug Balcomb, Dave Rosenberg and Dave
CRES was founded on March 29, 1996 with Ron Larson and Paul
Notari generating the first membership solicitation. Our first
board meeting was April 8, and the Inaugural Meeting of
Membership was May 22, 1996. On June 6, 1996, we were
incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of
some of our major accomplishments to date include:
implement a Renewable Portfolio Standard in Colorado's
Legislature during the 2014 and 2015 sessions in
coordination with like-minded groups
Held our 2014
conference in Colorado Springs with Amory Lovins of the
Rocky Mountain Institute as keynote speaker; best attended
conference in CRES history
membership numbers and geographical base with outreach to
Ft. Collins and Western Slope groups
Filed a case
with the Colorado Public Utility Commission (PUC) that
resulted in the PUC awarding a contract to build the first
utility-scale wind power plant in the Rocky Mountain West;
construction is underway near Lamar, CO
coalition to sponsor of Colorado Earth Day 2000
The Colorado Renewable Energy
Society is a state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society