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Resources and white papers

In our pursuit of excellence, HCE regularly seeks input and feedback from our industry peer groups.

The following resources have been compiled to help us better understand the complexities of a particular topic, or have been authored by HCE to document our progress towards goals under our strategic objectives. For more information on any of these topics, please call us at 970.945.5491.

Reports

In September 2021 Holy Cross Energy launched a process to learn more about ways the organization could support the unmet needs of area residents who need and/or want a different level of engagement with HCE, including asking HCE to provide financial assistance with their energy bills, or learning more about how to reduce their energy use and their impacts on the environment, or who want to request information, services and support in Spanish.

After reflecting on those needs and ways to address them, HCE partnered with L’Ancla and together they asked HCE stakeholders to share their needs and their future vision of HCE as a nonprofit cooperative committed to improving the lives and well-being of all its members.

PDF > L’Ancla Report: Executive Summary

PDF > El Informe de L’Ancla: Resumen Ejecutivo

HCE Electrification Study (PDF)

The following report was produced by RMI at HCE’s request. HCE will be using the study to further inform the development of our beneficial electrification programs.

The risk of major power disruptions from fires and other natural and manmade hazards seems to be increasing and has become the subject of national and international news. At the same time, entire communities are more reliant on energy-dependent services. As a result, reliable power, and more specifically, planned grid resilience is a growing concern for electric utilities across the nation.

View or download the report 

This report examines the outcomes of a multi-month Rocky Mountain Institute-supported process to “create” resilience involving utility Holy Cross Energy and various other organizations in Colorado’s Upper Roaring Fork Valley. It highlights key lessons that will be invaluable to energy resilience planning and implementation efforts around the world.

Among these lessons is that when community stakeholders work closely together with the local utility, there is the potential for more efficient solutions with greater benefit to all parties involved. Additionally, resilience-related investments in emerging technologies such as solar and battery storage can simultaneously take advantage of cost declines while advancing regional clean energy ambitions.

Holy Cross Energy’s intensive stakeholder engagement and iterative planning process proved imperative to ensuring grid resilience for their community. In addition, the Upper Roaring Fork Valley experience resulted in conclusions relevant to grid resilience efforts everywhere:

  • Distributed clean energy solutions should be considered as part of any resilience planning process
  • Effective planning for power supply resilience through distributed solutions requires a partnership between the utility and its community
  • Business model and ownership structure innovations may be necessary to ensure that resilience-related investments can provide year- round (“blue sky”) benefits during normal operations as well as backup (“black sky”) benefits in the event of an emergency or grid outage

Sunario Case Study  –
Net Demand Simulation

 

Overstory Case Study  –
Holy Cross Mitigates Community Wildfire Risk and Increases Reliability with Satellite Vegetation Intelligence

 

EPRI Technical Brief – August 2022

This technical brief from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) features our Power+ and Green Up programs as “Successful Demand Management Programs” (see Appendix A) that help “cut both capital and operating and maintenance (O&M) costs” and “develop new markets for electricity without encouraging excessive or wasteful energy uses”.

Our work with Eagle River Water and Sanitation is featured prominently on page 12, which is freely available to EPRI’s utility and state regulatory members as an example of best practice in the industry.  Just another way we are “leading the responsible transition” to a clean energy future.