Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence

Power, Energy and Water

The Power, Energy and Water Center of Excellence focuses on issues involving the rural electric and water utility industries.  The group analyzes trends and structural change in electricity generation including fossil-fuel electricity generation, renewable energy, transmission and distribution, and the regulatory and policy environments.  In addition, the group also analyzes issues related to the rural water industries, both from the water utility perspective and from a broader rural economy perspective.

Center of Excellence Members
Matt Brill, Director, Credit and Center of Excellence Chair
Tim Green, Senior Vice President, Asset Review
Graham Kaiser, Relationship Manager
John Kemper, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Jeff Liggett, Vice President, Credit Approval
Kaitlyn Rohnert, Senior Credit Analyst
Sarah Tyree, Vice President, Policy & Public Affairs
Taylor Gunn, Lead Economist, Knowledge Exchange

Recent Power, Energy and Water Research Reports
Load Defection Among Agricultural Producers
Positively Charged: The Emergence of Battery Energy Storage Among Electric Distribution Coops
EVs and EDs: Rural electric coops to benefit from late adoption of electric vehicles
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Making the Move into Broadband
Technology on Tap: Advanced Technology Streamlines Rural Water Systems’ Operations
Developing Renewable Energy PPAs: Recommendations from the Experts
Rural Water Industry Prepares for a Generational Shift
Rural Water Systems – Insiders’ Perspectives on the Industry’s Major Challenges
The U.S. Coal Industry: Shrinking But Not Dying
Implications of the Solar ITC Extension for Electric Cooperatives
Managing the Colorado River in the 21st Century: Shared Risks and Collaborative Solutions
Banking on Renewables
Managing Agriculture and Water Scarcity in Colorado (and Beyond)
U.S. Natural Gas Outlook through 2020: Demand Is the New Captain of the Ship
Geopolitical Reverberations of Low Oil Prices
Oil Prices Drowning in their Own Over-Supply
The Solar Industry's Evolving Role in the Nation's Energy Future
Ogallala Aquifer – Lifeblood of the High Plains, Part II: Efforts to Extend its Life
Ogallala Aquifer – Lifeblood of the High Plains, Part I: Withdrawals Exceed Recharge
Elevated Expectations for U.S. Solar Industry
U.S. Electricity Sales: In Need of a Jumpstart
Challenges Ahead for the Water Utilities: Bridging the Cap-Ex Funding Gap
Assessing the Creditworthiness of Municipal Water Utilities
Shale Gas and Oil Drilling and the Debate Over Hydraulic Fracturing
Primer on the U.S. Solar Industry: Risks and Opportunities
Economic Update: Economies in Transition

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