Colorado Leaders Sign Renewable Energy Collaboratory Agreement

Congressional, state and higher education leaders from four Colorado-based institutions will further the stronghold of renewable energy in the state through the recently signed Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory Agreement.

The agreement marks the collaboration between the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “The Collaboratory will serve as one of the key drivers of the New Energy Economy in Colorado,” said Colorado’s Governor Bill Ritter. Dedicated to research and development of new energy technologies and to transfer these advances as rapidly as possible to the private sector, the Collaboratory Agreement was signed in a ceremony at the State Capitol. “Less than one year ago. I met with the leaders of these four Colorado institutions and proposed a concept which has become the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. NREL and Colorado’s three research universities are blazing a trail to our energy future,” said U.S. Senator Ken Salazar. The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory will work with public agencies, private enterprise, nonprofit institutions and all of Colorado’s universities and colleges, to strive to increase the production and use of energy from renewable resources; support economic growth in Colorado and the Nation with renewable energy industries; build a renewable energy economy in rural Colorado and rural America; establish Colorado as America’s leading center of energy research and production; and educate our nation’s finest energy researchers, technicians and work force. “Working together, CU, CSU, the School of Mines, and NREL will enable the Collaboratory to compete for private and public research projects that will help reshape our energy economy. It will also give Colorado an economic advantage by quickly moving technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace, creating jobs and growing industries.”
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