Update from the Colorado School of Mines Chapter

Golden, Colorado

The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Chapter is off to a great start and continues to expand its membership and reach in the Denver area. In early October of 2014, the Chapter co-sponsored a field trip to the Trapper Coal Mine near Craig, Colorado, about 3 hours from Golden. The Trapper mine is an open-pit mine-to-mouth operation, feeding Tri-State’s Craig Station power plant. The trip provided members an excellent opportunity to see firsthand how day-to-day mining operations are affected by the power plant’s load requirements.

On October 30, 2014, the CSM Chapter hosted the Inaugural Rocky Mountain Energy Economics (RMEE) Banquet in Golden, with over 60 attendees from CSM and the local energy industry. Doug Arent, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at NREL, was the Keynote speaker, along with Harrison Fell, Assistant Professor at CSM, and Anne Swedberg, Manager of Quantitative Analytics at Bentek Energy. The RMEE Banquet will be an annual event and we hope it will continue to grow.

In January the Chapter hosted a membership meeting and happy hour in Golden, which highlighted the upcoming Pittsburgh conference and our plan for offering USAEE conference scholarships for CSM students. Current plans in the works include a power plant tour with Xcel Energy and another networking/speaker type event that will occur later this spring.

Finally, the Chapter welcomes Jure Bukovec as its new Treasurer for 2015. Jure is a new PhD student in the Mineral and Energy Economics program at CSM and has previous experience as a gas and power analyst and assistant portfolio manager at Gen-I, a gas and power supply company in Slovenia.

All current USAEE members in the Denver area are encouraged to contact the Chapter President, Braeton Smith (PhD Candidate, Mineral and Energy Economics, Colorado School of Mines) bsmith3@mines.edu, to join CSM and help grow this network.

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