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Energy Seminar: Bill Ritter, founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), Colorado State University; former governor of Colorado

Talk title: A New Energy Economy in America, mini-series one of three: 111(d) 

Today, 220 million Americans live in a state with a Renewable Portfolio Standard and 240 million live in states with a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  When taken in aggregate, the population of those states with commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be the fifth largest country in the world. Despite the fact that climate is a global issue, states are really leading the U.S. forward.  Governor Ritter will discuss the Colorado New Energy Economy story and examples of other states that have led the energy revolution.  
Inaction on clean energy and climate by the U.S. Congress has not only forced action by the states but also leadership in this area from the executive agencies of the Federal Government. The governor will discuss the Center for the New Energy Economy’s Powering Forward project which outlines over 200 recommendations to the Obama Administration for executive action in energy efficiency, renewable energy finance, responsible natural gas development, utility business models and sustainable transportation. 
Finally, Governor Ritter will discuss implications on Western energy policy from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule released in June that would require a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions against a 2005 baseline from existing electric power plants by 2030.
Brief Bio:
Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started February 1, 2011 with Ritter as the founding Director.
Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Ritter lead Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies; enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda that is focused on knowledge-based industries of the future, such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology and tourism; initiated sweeping K-12 education reforms to give Colorado children the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century global economy; and, improved access to quality and affordable health care for many of the 800,000 Coloradans who lack health coverage.
Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.
He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).



Monday, December 1, 2014. 04:15PM


NVIDIA auditorium, Huang Engineering


Precourt Institute for Energy


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