|Re: North Central / Inter-Mountain West Regional Clean Energy Innovation Summit Invitation
|The four research institutions that comprise the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (a joint initiative between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and the University of Colorado), invited participates to an invitation-only Sept 19, 2016 regional clean energy innovation summit held in Boulder, Colorado. Our goal was to explore regional clean energy innovation opportunities through public-private partnerships, building on the recommendations as described in the National Research Council’s 2012 Report, Rising to the Challenge, as:
- Linking local energy needs and regional industrial development to convert government R&D investment into domestic companies, industries, and jobs
- Utilizing private businesses, research universities, and economic development agencies to mobilize support for regional energy cluster initiatives
- Building on existing knowledge clusters and comparative strengths of a geographic region to address regional energy needs
We used breakout sessions to explore regional strengths, needs and opportunities in grid/storage, food/energy/water, energy/climate and renewable sources that serve the North-Central / Inter-mountain West region of the United States. We invited participants from ND, SD, NE, KS, WY, MT, ID, UT, NM and Colorado. The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory hosted this regional summit on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The upcoming regional summit included representatives from industry, academia, national labs, NGO’s and government.