Microgrid expert Peter Lilienthal to serve on City of Boulder – Xcel Energy Partnership’s community advisory panel

Eighteen Boulder, Colorado, community members — including HOMER Energy by UL founder  Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D. — will represent commercial and residential energy customers to add renewable energy and improve reliability to the city’s energy plan.

Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D., founder of Boulder, Colorado, based HOMER Energy by UL and now UL’s global microgrid lead, has been selected as a member of the City of Boulder – Xcel  Energy Partnership’s 18-member community advisory panel. According to the city’s website, the group “will review project proposals, gather perspectives on community impacts and make recommendations to the partnership’s project oversight team.”

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Peter Lilienthal

Panel members represent the city’s commercial and residential electricity and gas customers, connecting the community to the new city/energy company partnership. The partnership, approved by Boulder voters in November, will help the Boulder community reduce emissions, add renewable energy and reliability, and offer accessible energy programs that can benefit city residents.  

The city and energy provider selected the 18 panelists from the approximately 100 community members who applied to be on the panel. After 28 finalist interviews, the partnership chose the final 18, including Lilienthal, a globally recognized expert who brings technical and business expertise to the group.

“This is a great opportunity to bring my more than  40 years of global experience with clean, distributed energy to my local Boulder community, which has always been at the forefront of renewable energy,” Lilienthal said.

 “We’re thrilled to announce this impressive roster of dedicated community members,” said City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde. “We believe that Boulder’s vast energy interests — whether early adopters of energy technology, small business owners, renters or average customers — will be well represented by this group of community leaders.”

Meetings will begin shortly based on panel member availability.

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