Colorado Energy City Presentation


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Info: -- PowerPoint slides on amending the Colorado Constitution to allow any unincorporated entity to incorporate as an energy city. Energy cities across Colorado can then offer energy products and services that align with their local economy. In Highlands Ranch, CO, the local energy service would be constructing a clean tech energy incubator to attract clean tech start-ups. Info:

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Colorado Energy City Presentation

  1. 2. <ul><li>1. Clean Tech Energy Incubator Design & Financing 2. Wind A nemometer Tower Site Planning & Execution 3. Solar Power Design for Clean Tech Energy Incubator 4. Automobile Compressed Natural Gas Home Fueling Stations Pilot 5. Xeriscape Highlands Ranch for Water Conservation Study 6. Automobile Speeding Ticket Energy Fine Study 7. Hydrogen Home Fuel Cells Research 8. Amend Colorado Constitution to Create Energy Cities </li></ul><ul><li>9. 2,400 Highlands Ranch Homeowner Energy City Survey </li></ul>Four Years of Energy City Projects
  2. 3. <ul><li>- 35 TRHS seniors have participated in the energy city project - Designed architectural renderings for the clean tech incubator - Assembled an incubator construction cost pro forma and financing package - Made 16 presentations to these groups: HRCA, HRMD, Doug Co. Commissioners, South Metro Chamber, HR Chamber, Excel Energy board of directors, Young Republicans Group and Ranchview Middle School. Laisoned with local, state and federal agencies. - Starting in 2006, raised awareness with HRCA and HRMD to start implementing green practices - Energy city partners, Burt Automotive and South Metro Chamber formed their own clean tech incubator partnership at Stapleton – from concept to reality - Governor Ritter visited TRHS to meet the energy city research project seniors </li></ul>Four Years of Accomplishments
  3. 4. H.R. Household Energy City Survey Statistically Valid Survey Response: April, 2009 - 2,350 surveys mailed to a random sample of HR homeowners - There were 445 energy city surveys returned (19% response rate) - Response rate resulted in a 5.0% margin of error at the 95% confidence level. - 100% of the survey funding came from outside private donations. No high school or taxpayer funds were used.
  4. 5. Energy City Survey Results 59% of the homeowners surveyed are either &quot;Likely&quot; or &quot;Extremely Likely&quot; to support amending the Colorado Constitution to allow a community in Colorado to incorporate as an energy city.               65% of the Highlands Ranch homeowners would vote in favor of forming an energy city that had a clean tech energy incubator. In regards to funding the energy city incubator in Highlands Ranch, over 68% of the survey respondents supported a tax increase of at least $5 per month. 63% of the Highlands Ranch households answered “Yes,” if they would like to see Highlands Ranch become the first energy city on the world.
  5. 6. 1. Erect wind anemometer tower 2. Amend the Colorado Constitution to Allow Formation of Energy Cities Two Goals for 2009-10 Class Year
  6. 7. Wind Anemometer Tower Project <ul><li>Project started in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>To install an anemometer tower to test winds in the Highlands Ranch area </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if wind generated power is feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Douglas County, Shea Properties and other government entities to get proper permits, site location and erect the tower </li></ul>
  7. 8. Wind Anemometer Tower Location
  8. 9. <ul><li>Device will collect and measure daily wind velocity and directional patterns over a 12 month period </li></ul><ul><li>Findings will be published in the year 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>If voters approve energy incubator and wind towers, energy produced will power the incubator and contiguous homes and businesses near incubator </li></ul>Anemometer Project Outcomes
  9. 10. P roject started in 2008 We will continue lobbying political leaders at the state capitol Receiving guidance from municipality law attorney and a local lobbyist Amend the Colorado Constitution Senator Harvey & Legislator McNulty Met with State Capitol House Bill Drafter & Senate President Brandon Shaffer
  10. 11. Amend the Colorado Constitution <ul><li>Allow any community in Colorado to form an energy city dedicated to one service - energy </li></ul><ul><li>Energy city can start their own clean tech for-profit local government enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Energy city will attract clean tech businesses to increase employment, foster higher wages and empower the residents to be self sufficient on their energy requirements </li></ul>
  11. 12. If Energy City House Bill Passes and Voters Approve Amendment in November <ul><li>Communities across Colorado can conduct vote locally to incorporate as an energy city </li></ul><ul><li>If local vote passes, newly formed energy city can begin to develop and market their clean technology energy products and services </li></ul><ul><li>Energy city examples: - Whitewater, CO – Hydro Electric Energy City – they create their own hydro electric power facility to become energy self reliant - Otis, CO – Bio Fuel Energy City - local farmers grow crops to conduct bio fuel research - Highlands Ranch, CO – Clean Tech Incubator Energy City – attract and retain clean tech start-up companies </li></ul>
  12. 13. If Highlands Ranch Approves Energy City what does the clean tech incubator do? <ul><li>Bring Highlands Ranch into clean energy movement on a grand scale </li></ul><ul><li>Diversifies the local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Attracts companies to relocate to an energy city local economy – means more jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Solidifies the local tax base for Douglas County </li></ul><ul><li>Residents reap the financial rewards – eventually have energy city government payback the residents instead of the residents paying local government </li></ul>
  13. 14. Highlands Ranch Clean Tech Incubator
  14. 15. Colorado Energy City Partnerships <ul><li>working together </li></ul><ul><li>sharing ideas </li></ul><ul><li>innovation generation </li></ul><ul><li>empower the residents </li></ul><ul><li>creates jobs </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>November, 2010 – Statewide Colorado ballot amendment – allows communities to start the energy city incorporation voting process if they want to </li></ul><ul><li>November, 2011 – Highlands Ranch voters decide if they want to form a local energy city </li></ul><ul><li>June, 2012 – Construction commences to build the 25,000 sq ft clean tech business incubator </li></ul><ul><li>June, 2013 – Energy incubator opens </li></ul>Colorado Energy City Timeline
  16. 17. “ And I would like to thank the ThunderRidge high school seniors for doing energy research for the community of Highlands Ranch. They are setting the example for the rest of the world to follow.” Former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar Speech given at the Colorado AutoVenture luncheon March 27, 2008 – Colorado Convention Center
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