Colorado Energy Master

Course Information

All weekday classes except for the Project Presentations class (aspiring Energy Masters only) take place via webinar from your own personal computer. Saturday classes begin at your host County Extension office and typically involve a field trip. Test your computer here to make sure it can run Adobe Connect in order to view and participate in the webinars.

The webinars are conducted live in order to allow for real time interaction with instructors and other participants. Classes are taught by a mix of CSU professors, industry experts, and Extension staff. Note that Saturday classes include a field trip to promote experiential learning – please be prepared to make a short drive from your nearest participating Extension office to an off-site location on these days. The cost of each course includes a Saturday lunch.

  • Regular registration - $65/course or $180 for all 3 courses
  • Energy Master/student/teacher registration - $35/course or $90 for all 3 courses



Topics Covered

Energy Challenges

Colorado Energy Overview

  • Overview and logistics of the Energy Master program
  • Overview of global, national, and state energy sources and  uses
  • Opportunities and challenges for various energy sources
  • Current oil and gas boom in Colorado and U.S.
  • Western coal industry trends
  • Fossil fuel challenges
  • The scientific basis for climate change
  • The scope of the energy-climate change challenge
  • Climate change Wedge Game

Fossil Energy

Energy and Climate Change

Energy Solutions

Clean and Renewable Electricity

  • Global, national, and state trends for utility-scale renewable electricity technologies
  • Technology basics including cutting edge technology
  • Smart, microgrids
  • Distributed generation
  • Renewable electricity opportunities and challenges
  • Alternate fuel vehicles including biofuels, natural gas, and electric
  • Costs, benefits, and challenges to ramping up alternative fuels
  • State and national energy policy history and trends
  • Renewable energy site visit

Transportation Alternatives

Energy Policy

Your Choices

Home Renewable Energy

  • Feasibility requirements for home renewable energy systems
  • Solar PV, solar thermal, wind
  • Considerations for on- and off-grid installations
  • Calculate system size and financial payback periods for solar PV
  • How energy is used in Colorado homes
  • Whole house approach to energy efficiency
  • Utility bill analysis
  • Use of financial calculators for energy efficiency
  • Conduct basic home energy assessment

Home Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Assessments


Project Presentations

  • Aspiring Colorado Energy Masters discuss their projects
  • Celebration and formal certification
  • For aspiring Colorado Energy Masters only (required) 

Updated Monday, December 22, 2014