August 08, 2013 19:28 ET

WAPA Administrator, Colorado Energy Office Director to Keynote Rocky Mountain Energy Utility Exchange

ASPEN, CO--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2013) - Western Area Power Administration Administrator Mark Gabriel and Colorado State Energy Office Director Jeff Ackermann will keynote the 7th Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange on October 9-11 in Aspen, Colorado. Over 80 other presenters in general, breakout, poster, and informal sessions will explore case study best practices and lessons learned from those who develop, implement, and evaluate utility customer programs related to energy/water efficiency, renewable energy, demand response, and key account customer management. Agenda details are available at

Mark Gabriel is responsible for managing the Western Area Power Administration, a non-profit federal agency which delivers power from 57 power plants. He is a well-known speaker and writer and his book, Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future, won the 2009 Indie Excellence Book Award for Environmental Writing. Jeff Ackermann became the Director of the Colorado Energy Office in April 2013. Before that, he led the research efforts at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the effective use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Rocky Mountain Exchange is a networking and professional development forum for about 100 utility and government organization staff as well as trade allies who provide products and services to support utility customer programs. The Agenda Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteers from regional utilities and sponsor organizations who set the agenda format and reviewed over 50 responses to a Call for Presenters.

City of Aspen Utilities and Holy Cross Energy are the event co-hosts and platinum-level sponsors. Additional support is provided by green-level sponsors: Building Performance Institute; Colorado Energy Office; Nexant; Platte River Power Authority with Fort Collins Utilities, Longmont Power & Communications, Loveland Water and Power; and Xcel Energy. Gold-level sponsors are: A-TEC Energy, Black Hills Energy, CLEAResult, Franklin Energy Services, Red Rocks Community College/ Rocky Mountain Education Center, Resource Action Programs, and SmartWatt Energy. Event management is provided by

Agenda details and other information are available at

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