Sustainability in Energy Programs – Executive Night Speaker Series

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Wednesday Sep 25, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM MDT


Mountain View Room at Regis University

3333 Regis Boulevard Denver

TOPIC: Sustainability in Energy Programs

You will hear from Colorado’s leaders in the energy sector.  You will hear perspectives on the importance of a state-wide “all of the above” energy platform and issues of sustainability.    


Jeff Ackerman, Director, Colorado Energy Office, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper

Jeff Ackermann has had a long career in state government and in the energy sector. He became the Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) in April 2013, where he oversees the CEO staff and the organization’s many initiatives and programs. Ackermann’s extensive energy experience aids him as he works collaboratively with other state agencies and external stakeholders to design and implement an “all-of-the-above” statewide energy platform.

Ackermann served as a section chief with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from November 2009 through March 2013, overseeing the monitoring and investigation of “emerging issues” likely to affect the regulation of Colorado utilities in the near future.  Working with the commissioners and PUC leadership, Jeff developed a special projects group capable of supporting numerous dockets and research initiatives. Prior to his section chief role at the PUC, Jeff served as an advisor to the PUC Commissioners in the area of demand-side management (DSM). 

Ackermann has worked in the state’s energy office twice before – in 1984-1995 and 2004-2007, when he managed the weatherization program.

Ackermann was born in Detroit, Michigan. He has worked in the philanthropic world and was a product developer for PSCo.  He has a Master of Nonprofit Management degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Economic Policy.


Bryan Hannegan, Associate Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Dr Hannegan recently became associate laboratory director for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s new Energy Systems Integration (ESI)directorate. In this role, he leads NREL’s global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks to achieve reliable sustainable, affordable and clean power at a variety of scales.

Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Hannegan held several significant leadership positions in fossil energy research, renewable energy research,and environmental science and technology at the Electric Power Research Institute. He also served as a senior energy advisor in the George W. Bush administration as part of the staffs for the Council on Environmental Quality and the National Economic Council. During that time he chaired major government initiatives on fuel economy, pipeline safety,and energy and transportation project permitting; he led the development of the President’s Advanced Energy Initiative; and he coordinated federal agency implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Early in his career, Bryan served as staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he handled energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels, and environmental aspects of energy production and use. He also was the principal technical expert for Senate and conference committee consideration of energy legislation in the 107th and 108th Congresses.

Dr. Hannegan holds a doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to being involved in many professional organizations, Bryan is a member of the California Council on Science and Technology and an elected Director of the Coastside County Water District.



  • Take I-70 to the Federal Boulevard exit.
  • Proceed north on Federal Blvd. to first stop light (This is Regis Boulevard on your left and W. 50th Avenue on your right). 
  • Turn left onto Regis Boulevard and go to first stop light (Lowell Boulevard).
  • Turn right onto Lowell Boulevard and proceed north past Lot 3 to Lot 4 (about half way down hill on your right). Turn into the lot and park. 



  • Take I-70 to the Federal Boulevard exit, proceed north (left) on Federal Blvd. to Regis Blvd. (50th).
  • Take a left on Regis Blvd., take a right on Lowell Blvd., and go north to Lot 4.


From Lot 4 to the Mountain View Room


There is visitor parking on the left as you enter Lot 4.  Claver Hall is the building directly in the front of the parking lot.  Go up the walkway on the right and through the double doors on the left.  


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