Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer

Director of Engineering at New Belgium Brewing Company

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500 Linden St, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
HQ Phone:
(970) 221-0524

General Information


Contributing Author  - Practical Brewer

Project Manager and Process Engineer  - Coors Brewing Company

Plant Engineering Manager  - Stroh Brewing Company


B.S. degree  - Chemical Engineering , Colorado School of Mines

Master of Business Administration  - University of Colorado

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A snowbound Jim Spencer, Director of Engineering for New Belgium Brewing Company, addressed the gathering from Colorado via live videoconferencing.
Spencer outlined a component of the FortZED initiative - a collaborative effort between New Belgium, the city of Fort Collins, Colorado State University and other partners - which used a U.S. Department of Energy grant to implement programs that resulted in a city-wide peak energy load reduction of over 30 percent. Spencer explained that technology tools allowed the FortZED partners to predict and monitor peak grid usage. "We looked at 'how does our peak usage influence the overall grid?'" he said. Based on that analysis, New Belgium was able to time its operations so that it is not "colliding with the grid peak." When its operations come online in Asheville, New Belgium anticipates undertaking similar efforts here. "In the big picture, it's challenging to align our demand-reduction efforts with the time when it would be most meaningful," Spencer observed. Speaking of the role Duke Energy must play, he continued, "It takes larger leadership to make that happen."

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Presenter: James Spencer, New Belgium Brewing Co..

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New Belgium Brewing's Jim Spencer won't have to worry about separating his business interests from his role on the task force, since he's representing industrial customers that use a lot of electricity.

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