6th Annual Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit
“Utah is committed to investing in the future, including establishing Utah as the Crossroads of the West and the nation for energy innovation and development.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert
Governor Gary R. Herbert kicked off the sixth annual Utah Energy Development Summit: The Crossroads of Innovation, May 3-4, 2017 at the Grand America Hotel. The two-day conference and trade show featured the perspectives of more than 75 thought leaders across industry, government, technology and education for the purposes of building a sustainable energy future in Utah and far beyond.
“The state of Utah is proud to be a vital partner in promoting meaningful dialogue and public-private partnerships which lead to responsible, economically smart energy development,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “Now in its sixth year, the summit continues to promote pioneering solutions to some of our most immediate challenges, and these solutions may power our future communities with affordable and reliable energy in the years to come.”
Utah is currently partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and several Utah-based tech companies to foster innovations such as, state-of-the-art underground geothermal laboratories, wirelessly charging electric vehicles and buses, utility-scale compressed air storage, carbon capture and sequestration, and the production of carbon fiber from coal. Governor Herbert praised the movers behind these impressive energy innovations.
“These are exciting times for the energy industry — times characterized by rapid changes in how we produce, deliver and use energy,” the governor said. He expressed his appreciation for all key leaders in Utah’s energy industry that keep companies strong during periods of flux and transition.
Global remarks from the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Gerónimo Gutiérrez, speaking on the emerging energy relations between America and its neighbors to the South. His Excellency also participated in a panel discussion key officials from Germany, France, and the United Arab Emirates, and Mexico, exploring best practices, emerging trends, and leadership strategies for succeeding in the global energy economy.
On May 4, Gov. Herbert opened as a featured speaker, as well as discussed western energy leadership on a panel with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute.
Herbert noted that, due to the fact that Utah’s population being the youngest in the nation, that the state needs make sure to provide the rising generation with a good outlook. “Utah remains focused on delivering a quality workforce, world-class infrastructure, and the business climate necessary to ensure that our energy sector is as resilient and robust as possible,” the governor said.
The Summit also featured eight topic-specific breakout sessions which provided a breadth of discussion, including the role of energy in meeting environmental advancements. New to this year’s summit is the USTAR Innovation Room, which will include “TED Talk” style presentations from 12 rising entrepreneurs in the fields of conventional energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation.
Lastly, the Governor honored six Energy Pioneers for their trailblazing efforts to grow Utah’s affordable, reliable and sustainable portfolio. Watch film here.
More than 1,100 people attended the Summit, once again making it the largest event of its kind in the Intermountain West.
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