Staff Biography for Christine Brinker

Christine Hurley Brinker is a Senior Associate in SWEEP’s Buildings Efficiency Program, where she works with regional stakeholders to advance building energy codes and energy efficiency programs. She specializes in commercial building efficiency, including high performance buildings, benchmarking and disclosure, multifamily buildings, net-zero districts, and commercial building energy code adoption and compliance. She also works in policy and program development and local capacity building, with involvement in state and regional code collaboratives, city initiatives such as Denver 2030 District and the Denver City Energy Project, and the NEWHAB Network.

Prior to her work in the Buildings Program, she managed the U.S. DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP), where she promoted and facilitated the adoption of clean, cost-effective, and well-designed district energy and combined heat and power (CHP) systems in the seven-state region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. She also worked with SWEEP’s Industrial Efficiency Program providing policy design, support, and analysis for efficiency and clean energy technologies, serving as an intervener or expert witness in PUC proceedings and supporting state legislative and executive branch policies. Recent policy analyses and policy reforms have included waste heat to power inclusion, standby tariffs, interconnection, demand-side management programs, PPAs, microgrids, and state energy plans.

Before joining SWEEP in 2004, she worked for six years at E SOURCE, where she advised over 100 international electric and gas utilities, manufacturers, large energy users, and government labs about district energy and distributed generation strategies, market trends, new technology advancements, and regulatory frameworks.

Christine has been published in Builder magazine, CodeWatcher magazine, Energy Business and Technology magazine, Powerline magazine, District Energy magazine, Cogeneration and Onsite Power Production magazine, and the engineering textbook Micro Energy Systems: Review of Technology, Issues of Scale and Integration, in addition to authoring many E SOURCE reports and analyses. Christine graduated summa cum laude with distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in both economics and environmental studies. Her economics honors thesis evaluated the costs and environmental externalities of commercial-sector distributed generation.