BP and NREL Develop Education Partnership

BP America and NREL signed a memorandum of understanding last month to develop a partnership for advancing Renewable Energy and energy efficiency education throughout Colorado. BP also announced that it is funding NREL’s Renewable Energy Education on Wheels program with a US$125,000 contribution.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 2, 2002 [] Renewable Energy Education on Wheels is a concept developed by the Communications & Stakeholder Relations Directorate to take information to schools, special events and public forums via a library-type van and trailer. This mobile display would house energy efficiency and Renewable Energy education curricula, consumer information, hardware exhibits, science experiments and other educational resources. “The idea is to take energy information out to schools and the community, making it easier for them to use our resources,” said Jessie Harris, Associate Director for Communications & Stakeholder Relations. “We are pleased to have BP as a partner in this effort.” The commitment was announced at a luncheon where BP also recognized NREL’s 25 years of research excellence. Director Richard Truly gave the keynote speech to about 200 business, government and education leaders. He pledged to look for ways that NREL can work with “this innovative and forward-looking company.” Colorado State Senate President Stan Matsunaka conveyed the Colorado legislature’s congratulations to NREL on its anniversary, noting that the legislature came very close to passing a major Renewable Energy bill during the 2002 session. Matsunaka said Renewable Energy already has created meaningful jobs in Colorado in towns such as Pete, where even small numbers of jobs are important.