Renewable Energy Summit Slated for Nov. 15 | Business
Samantha Mary Julian, energy and natural resources cluster director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced today that GOED will be producing a Utah Renewable Energy Business Summit to be held November 15, 2010 at the Larry H. Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College.
The Summit is designed to propel Utah's cluster of renewable energy businesses forward, especially the state's wind energy business, to meet the opportunities available and also create jobs. Further, she says the summit will connect industry, government and academia around renewable energy opportunities, particularly in wind energy manufacturing, and help existing and emerging Utah businesses understand growth opportunities in all aspects of renewable energy: solar, wind, geothermal and energy efficiency. Julian says the event has received strong support from a variety of government, business, and higher education organizations and will be "a very exciting event."
Utah's first Renewable Energy Business Summit will be held November 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College Larry H. Miller Campus, 9750 S. 300 West, in Sandy. The cost to attend is $65. Those interested in attending can register at the Summit Website at www.business.utah.gov/targeted-industries-energy.
Job creation is high on most business agenda's in today's economic climate. The summit has been designed for business leaders and others who are interested in the renewable energy industry. "We have received an overwhelming response from organizations interested in sponsorships, presenting or attending the Summit," says Julian.
Renewable energy has been identified as a key component in growing Utah's economy and the energy cluster is expected to be a significant source of job creation. In fact, focusing on projects that produce renewable energy, such as wind, solar and geothermal, could generate as many as
7,000 jobs in the state by 2020, according to Utah Clean Energy, a nonprofit advocacy group.
Kick Off Events - "Rapid Fire" Business Resource General Session
The Summit will kick off in the morning with two addresses; the first will be presented by Lt. Governor Greg Bell. He will be followed by keynote address given by David G. Boren, Director of Purchasing, Construction and Services for Gamesa Corporation, which is one of the country's largest wind equipment and installation companies.
The morning presentations will be followed by a "Rapid Fire" business resource general session, in which leaders from 20 organizations and state agencies will talk, in five-minute intervals, about the resources available to help propel Utah's renewable energy-related businesses forward.
Along with 20 organizations, representatives from EDCUtah will explain the economic development support services that are available to Utah businesses. A Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) representative will talk about the many renewable energy training programs available.
One-of-a-kind Wind Energy Training
In one of the most exciting afternoon breakout tracks, representatives from Great Lakes Wind Network (GLWN), an international supply chain advisory group and network of manufacturers in the wind turbine industry, will provide one of a kind training for Utah's wind energy manufacturers about the wind manufacturing supply chain. According to the Wind Network, wind power is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. and total U.S. capacity has grown by 45 percent, "with new wind projects accounting for approximately 30 percent of all new power producing capacity added across the country."
Afternoon Panel Discussions
In addition, the summit's afternoon sessions will feature a variety of panel discussion/Q&A sessions covering topics such as workforce development and incentives, seeking investors, obtaining financing, and doing business with state and federal agencies as well as utilities.
During the Workforce Development & Incentives panel discussion, Karen Gunn, SLCC assistant vice president and dean of the School of Professional and Economic Development, will report on the work of the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership's (UCAP) energy pilot and the strategies that were developed and submitted to Governor Gary R. Herbert for growing the Utah's energy cluster. She will also talk about the National Institute for Advanced Energy Training, which is the umbrella structure for all energy-related training provided by SLCC.
Melisa Stark, DWS workforce development grant specialist, will explain the $4.6 million State Energy Sector Partnership Grant received by DWS and the opportunities available for some 1,400 Utah individuals to receive free training in areas such as green construction, alternative fuels, energy management, and renewable energy transmission. Attendees of the Workforce Development & Incentives panel discussion will learn where the training will take place and how they can get involved.
Nate Talley, DWS labor market economist, will also be part of Workforce Development & Incentives panel discussion. His will present preliminary findings from the recent Green Jobs Survey, which DWS conducted as part of the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain Green Jobs Consortium.
RMP Title Sponsor
Rocky Mountain Power is the "Terawatt Title Sponsor" for the event. "As the nation's second largest utility owner of wind-powered generation resources, Rocky Mountain Power is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Utah Renewable Energy Summit," says Richard Walje, Rocky Mountain Power president. "We're very supportive of cost-effective renewable energy development in the region and the environmental and economic benefits it provides."
In 1984, Rocky Mountain's Blundell facility near Milford, Utah, became the nation's first geothermal electric generating plant outside of California. Their first wind project became operational in 1999. Since 2006, they have added 12 wind projects to the Rocky Mountain Power portfolio of renewable energy resources in order to serve their customers' growing electricity needs in Utah and five other states. According to Walje, "We're also purchasing wind energy from other facilities. Separately, our award-winning Blue Sky program provides a simple and convenient way for customers to support even more renewable energy development at a very low price."
Networking and Exhibitors
Samantha Mary Julian also notes that many of the sponsors will have display booths at the summit, to provide attendees with an expansive amount of information to assist in business growth and development. The summit also includes networking opportunities between the various training sessions where individuals and companies working in the industry can share best practices and expand relationships.
"Whether you are an established business looking to grow, a new business looking to get started, a service provider or a manufacturer seeking to connect with industry, this Summit will provide information that will help you find that perfect opportunity in Utah!" says Julian.
Business, academic and nonprofit leaders, manufacturers, community officials and entrepreneurs should attend the summit to become educated about opportunities to grow in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
Renewable Energy Business Summit Sponsors:
Terrawatt Title Sponsor
Rocky Mountain Power
Salt Lake Community College
Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) / Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain Green Jobs Consortium
Utah State Energy Program
Ballard Spahr LLP
Stoel Rives LLP
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP
Parsons Behle & Latimer
Utah Governor's Energy Advisor
Utah State University
Utah Generated Renewable Energy Electricity Network, Utah Clean Energy, Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), Bureau of Land Management, Utah Division of Facilities Construction Management, and the Utah Manufacturer's Association.
(Information Provided by Gaylen Webb, Freelance Writer for the Governor's Office of Economic Development)
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