Governor Signs Energy Research Bill

Governor Signs Energy Research Bill
$2M Appropriations to Fund Collaboratory

On May 16, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill to provide a new round of state funding for the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a clean energy research consortium of the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado Boulder and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Under SB 14-011, the Collaboratory will receive $2 Million in additional funding. These funds will be used to support collaborative proposals for federal and industry energy research projects. Since 2007, the Collaboratory has employed similar appropriations to attract more than eight dollars in federal and industry funding for every one dollar of state funds expended.

The signing ceremony was held at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. State legislators, and leaders from NREL, CU Boulder, Colorado State University, and the Colorado School of Mines were in attendance, as were representatives of some of the Collaboratory’s industry partners, including Abengoa Solar, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, Cool Planet Energy Systems, RES-Americas, SolarTac, Solix Bio Systems, and Vestas . In addition, national and state organizations showing their support at the event included representatives from the National Science Board, the Colorado Energy Office, MetroDenver EDC, and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute.

After the signing ceremony, the Collaboratory leaders and guests honored four of the Collaboratory’s outstanding researchers: Thomas Foust (NREL), Matthew Posewitz (Mines), Alan Weimer (CU Boulder) and Daniel Zimmerle (CSU).

Date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014