Colorado Energy Master

Course Information

Each of our three courses consists of three classes: two weekday evening short classes that can be taken from one’s home computer and one Saturday half-day class that starts at a County Extension office and ends with a field trip. Individual classes required for aspiring Colorado Energy Masters are also offered.

All classes are taught using Adobe Connect distance-education technology. 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, utility 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.

The cost of Energy Master courses is as follows:

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

Course Class Number Class Description
N/A N/A Introduction to the Colorado Energy Master Program • Overview of Colorado Energy Master program logistics and requirements
• Open to all but required to attain Colorado Energy Master certification
Energy Pathways 1.1 Colorado Energy Overview • Overview of global, national, and state energy sources and uses
• Energy policy
• Opportunities and challenges for various energy sources
• Current oil and gas boom in Colorado and U.S.
• Alternate fuel vehicles including biofuels, natural gas, and electric
• Costs, benefits, and challenges to ramping up alternative fuels
• The scientific basis for climate change
• The scope of the energy-climate change challenge
• Climate change Wedge Game
1.2 Transportation Alternatives
1.3 Energy and Climate Change
Building Efficiency 2.1 Residential Energy Efficiency • How energy is used in Colorado homes
• Whole house approach to energy efficiency
• Utility bill analysis
• Use of financial calculators for energy efficiency
• Passive House construction principles
• Passive House case studies
• Conduct a walk-through home energy audit
2.2 Passive House Construction
2.3 Energy Audits
Renewable Energy 3.1 Wind Energy • Global, national, and state trends for renewable energy technologies
• Technology basics including cutting edge technology
• Feasibility requirements for renewable energy systems
• Considerations for on- and off-grid installations
• Calculate system size and financial payback periods for wind and solar PV
• Includes wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, small hydropower, geothermal, and more
3.2 Solar Energy
3.3 Other Renewables
N/A N/A Project Proposals • Aspiring Colorado Energy Masters discuss their project ideas with the class
• For aspiring Colorado Energy Masters only (required)

Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014