April 27-28, 2021

Virtual Event

Title Sponsor

From energy to waste, an increasing number of cities are seeking to achieve aggressive sustainability-related goals. But what does it mean to be “net-zero?” This event will unpack what it means for cities and counties and the reason behind the movement, as well as address implications for the private sector and the regional population at large.

Special Guest

Governor Jared Polis

State of Colorado

Colorado could become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2040, a desire of Governor Jared Polis. We’ll hear from the governor about his plans, including the costs, strategies for attainment and reasons behind the effort.


Masood Ahmad
Resource Planning Manager
Platte River Power Authority

Quinn Antus
Executive Director
Signal Tech Coalition

Justin Brant
Utility Program Co-Director
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Andrew Bush
Morgan Creek Ventures

Joel Danforth
Energy Programs and New Business Director
United Power

Rich Freeh
USDN Programs Director, Climate Strategy
Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Milton Geiger
Energy Resources Director
Poudre Valley REA

Andre Gouin
Technology Business Consultant
Xcel Energy

Wayne Greenberg
E Source

Danielle Henderson
Dream Solar

Ramsay Huntley
Sustainable Finance Strategist
Wells Fargo

Jonathan Koehn
Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer
City of Boulder

Chuck Kutscher
Fellow and Senior Research Associate
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute

Diego Lopez
Northern Colorado Clean Cities

Wes Parham
Director of Government Affairs
Xcel Energy

Shanti Pless
Researcher V-Mechanical Engineering

Jared Polis
State of Colorado

Tim Reeser
CEO and Co-Founder
Lightning eMotors

Emerson Reiter
Senior Director Energy Storage
Pivot Energy

Paul Scharfenberger
Executive Director
Colorado Clean Energy Fund

Sam Shriver
Strategy + Content Director
Signal Tech Coalition

Zac Swank
Environmental Health Lead
Partners for a Clean Environment

Brian Tholl
Energy Services Supervisor
City of Fort Collins

Will Toor
Colorado Energy Office

Hollie Velasquez Horvath
Sr. Dir. State Affairs & Community Relations
Xcel Energy

Jon Walker
Sustainability Policy Manager


Tuesday, April 27

Session I | 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Legislative Initiatives

Where does Colorado stand currently in terms of net-zero policies, including at the state and local governmental level? What specific climate policies and legislation might be forthcoming from state, local and federal governments?

Session II | 8:40 to 9:40 a.m.

Energy Storage

New technologies could revolutionize storage of energy. What specific technologies are needed to achieve net-zero goals? What Colorado companies are involved in this effort, what are the challenges, and how quickly can these technologies reach the market?

Session III | 9:50 to 10:50 a.m.

The COVID Effect

How has the global pandemic affected energy consumption and adoption of clean-energy technologies, and how can renewable-energy proponents leverage economic-recovery initiatives with net-zero goals?

Governor Remarks | 10:50 to 11:00 a.m.

Governor Jared Polis, State of Colorado

Colorado could become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2040, a desire of Gov. Jared Polis. We’ll hear from the governor about his plans, including the costs, strategies for attainment and reasons behind the effort.

Session IV | 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Grid Resiliency

Local utilities have embraced ambitious goals toward net-zero emissions. What needs to happen on the utility front, and how are utilities deploying microgrids to ensure power continuity?

Wednesday, April 28

Session V | 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Beyond Paris

The Biden Administration has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, but limits set by that agreement are not being met, and some businesses lack understanding of their part in devising a solution. What are some science-based goals that businesses can implement to do their part on climate change, how much will the greening of our electric grid help, and what other strategies are needed?

Session VI | 8:40 to 9:40 a.m.

Funding Innovation

Achieving net-zero status will require innovation on a massive scale. How will startups and innovators secure financing — including venture capital, angel investing and grants — to make it happen?

Session VII | 9:50 to 10:50 a.m.

Designing High-Performance Districts

A recent NREL report heralds HPDs as an emerging strategy for fulfilling local, national and international commitments to net-zero goals. What are HPDs, how is this strategy being implemented locally, and what are the ramifications for building electrification, energy standards, etc.?

Session VIII | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Racial Justice & Climate Change

Climate change has a disproportionate effect on people of color. What strategies will be used to ensure that historically under-represented groups are prioritized in future climate planning?