Utah's Energy Insider
A Publication of the Governor's Office of Energy Development

In this Issue     
Governor's Sixth Annual Energy Development Summit 
Key Successes of OED, 2016-2017

Governor Breaks Ground on Utah's First Anaerobic Digester
The 2017 Utah Energy Career Expo 
Energy Insider - Living Zenith Net Zero Community 
Governor's Sixth Annual 
Utah Energy  Development Summit


Governor Gary R. Herbert hosted his 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 for Utah and far beyond.

“These are exciting times for the energy industry — times characterized by rapid changes in how we produce, deliver and use energy,” the governor said. 
Watch The Crossroads of Innovation

With more than 1,100 attendees, the Summit focused on the innovations driving our local and global economies, featuring keynote remarks by Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, David Bywater of Vivint Solar, Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute, Ron Gerrard of Huntsman Corp., Bill O'Rourke formerly of Alcoa, and Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter and CNBC. 

More than ever before, the event highlighted regional, national and global perspectives, including a panel of international officials from Mexico, Germany, France, and the United Arab Emirates, a discussion on western energy leadership with Gov. Herbert, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Jack Gerard, and finally an exploration of mining innovations with representatives from Bowie Resources, Rio Tinto, Stantec, Redmond Inc., and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

In addition to plenaries, the Summit featured eight topic-specific breakout sessions which provided a breadth of discussions on the role of energy in meeting environmental goals.  New to this year’s summit is the USTAR Innovation Room, which included presentations from 12 rising energy entrepreneurs.
Watch the Summit Highlight Reel
Governor Herbert, OED and Stakeholders Break Ground on Wasatch Resource Recovery

On June 15, Governor Herbert and OED joined Wasatch Resource Recovery (WRR), ALPRO Energy & Water, and the South Davis Sewer District, to break ground on Utah’s first anaerobic digester for organic food waste.

The WRR facility will allow food waste to be diverted from landfills and recycled into biogas that can be used as renewable energy and nutrient-rich, carbon-based fertilizer to grow crops. 
"By forging unprecedented partnerships, Utah continues to lead on providing innovative, market-based solutions that drive our energy economy, grow jobs, and improve our air quality," said Dr. Laura Nelson, the governor's energy advisor.  "We are proud to carry forward Governor Herbert's vision to help create pioneering outcomes to meet the demands of our future through enterprising projects, like Wasatch Resource Recovery." 
Go Inside Utah's First Anaerobic Digester

OED's Deputy Director, Rob Simmons sat down with the founders of Wasatch Resource Recovery to learn more about how this innovative technology is powering Utah's energy economy, while improving our air quality and environment.  Watch Energy Insider: Wasatch Resource Recovery. 
Two Utah Projects Garner New
High Cost Infrastructure Tax Credit

The Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority board met on May 19, and approved incentives for two new rural development projects with high infrastructure costs. Together, Uintah Advantage and Crystal Peak Minerals Inc. will provide an estimated 360 rural jobs, and nearly $392 million in new state revenue over the course of 20 yrs.

The High Cost Infrastructure Tax Credit (HCITC) is an incentive that supports investments in qualifying cost-intensive infrastructure projects. The purpose of the program is to promote the business expansion and natural resource development that is critical to advancing Utah’s economy.  

Want to learn more? Download our one-page HCITC fact sheet, or visit
The 2017 Utah Energy Career Expo
With the goal of growing Utah’s skilled energy and minerals workforce, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development partnered with The Leonardo Museum to host the state’s first Energy Career Expo for high school and college students on June 14.

Through engagement with stakeholders across industry and government, the Expo encouraged students to build their own energy and mineral career pathway through a series of educational “STEAM Talks,” interactive workshops, and networking breakouts.

“By connecting our rising generation with key leaders from our energy and minerals sectors, we hope to bring a new wave of ingenuity to this integral industry,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, the governor’s energy advisor.

The Expo is a key component to the Office’s Utah Energy and Minerals Education Initiative, which includes an interactive website ( hosting curriculum for K-12 students, scholarships, research grants, and hands-on events.
Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards

On June 7, OED, Utah Clean Energy, and the University of Utah’s Intermountain Industrial Assessment Center honored four major companies for their leadership in conserving energy and improving air quality at the annual Utah Industrial Energy Efficiency Challenge. 

By implementing energy efficiency projects, Bowie Resources, Frito-Lay, Inc. , Hill Air Force Base, and Houweling's Group saved more than 18 million kilowatt hours of electricity and $3.6 million dollars per year, which is equivalent to powering 2,200 Utah homes for one year.
Go Inside Utah's First Net Zero Community

As noted in our first quarter newsletter, Utah set a new benchmark in energy efficiency by cutting the ribbon on the state's first net zero community, Living Zenith

As an integral stakeholder, OED's managing director of energy efficiency and education, Shawna Cuan, visited with the founders of Living Zenith to discuss the community's innovative building techniques.  At the end of the film, Ms. Cuan also provides three simple tips that homeowners can use to improve the efficiency in their homes.  Watch Energy Insider: Living Zenith.
Policy Updates
California Independent System Operator

The Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED) has submitted comments to the California Independent System Operator (ISO) concerning implementation of California greenhouse gas requirements in the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

The comments reaffirmed Gov. Herbert's commitment to a diverse, reliable, and affordable electricity supply, and the necessity of ensuring that the EIM respects those requirements.

Because of the size and continued growth of the EIM, (currently touching eight states including Utah, and scheduled to expand into Canada), OED will continue to work with the ISO and neighboring states to see that the EIM benefits Utah. 
Utah's Statement Following the U.S. Exit from
the Paris Climate Accord
"Utah continues to drive innovation within the energy sector to improve resiliency and sustainability, while also realizing affordability," said Dr. Laura Nelson, the governor's energy advisor. "The state has a plan to continue to provide value to the economy and the environment, including a greenhouse gas initiative that is realizing success in reducing our carbon footprint, while also creating opportunities within our energy ecosystem."
Key Successes
Governor's Office of Energy Development


As one of the youngest and smallest state agencies in Utah, OED is making significant impacts in advancing Utah's energy and minerals economy through industry assistance, education and outreach and policy to promote resource diversity and innovation.
Learn more about OED's key success in building Utah's affordable, reliable and sustainable energy future by watching this short film.
Utah Energy Pioneers Honored at Summit

The Governor's Office of Energy Development honored six Utah Energy Pioneers at the Summit, recognizing of their trailblazing leadership in building Utah's thriving energy and minerals economy:
  • Richard Walje
  • Crystal Maggalet
  • Douglas Hunter
  • Christopher Eppler
  • Robin Erickson
  • Steve Creamer
Learn More about
Utah's Energy Pioneers

Watch this short documentary to learn about the personal journeys of Utah's Energy Pioneers.
Oversight Hearing on "Examining Access to Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands"

 Watch Dr. Nelson's Testimony

On June 29, Dr. Laura Nelson gave congressional testimony, providing information on Utah’s energy revenues and jobs, as well as recommendations to resolve lengthy delays in oil and gas leasing and permitting by delegating primacy to Utah (and states generally), for the regulation of oil and gas operations on federally managed public lands.
"Charging Forward" with Electric Buses in Park City

The OED "charged forward" with Proterra at the first ever battery electric express route on June 23 in Park City. Park City Transit and Summit County partnered with Proterra to operate a zero-emission, battery electric express bus route. 
Upcoming Events
Uintah Basin Energy Summit
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1

At the annual Uintah Basin Energy Summit, local and international energy companies, support services, and communities come together to gain insights into the trends impacting industry in the Basin, as well as to learn best practices from around the globe.  All energy-friendly parties are welcome to attend and participate.
In The News
Utah facility can turn food waste into enough natural gas to power a small city
State and local officials broke ground for Utah's first food digester Thursday morning in a project aimed at reducing landfill waste and harnessing unused renewable energy. More at Salt Lake Tribune.

Energy summit highlights Utah's successes, challenges 
Utah's increasingly diverse portfolio of energy resources — showcased Wednesday and Thursday at the sixth annual Energy Development Summit — include a nod toward potential development of small modular nuclear reactors and millions of private and public dollars being diverted to advance clean coal technology. More at Deseret News.
Zinke: Bears Ears monument boundaries need to change
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday the Bears Ears National Monument was designated outside the scope of the Antiquities Act and needs its boundaries "right sized" to protect the "highest density" of cultural artifacts, with other areas set aside for conservation and recreation.  More at Deseret News.

Read Gov. Herbert's statement following the announcement here.

States step into void left by exit from Paris climate accord
Market forces have already forced many companies to switch from coal to natural gas, which emits about half as much carbon dioxide. The cost of renewable energy like wind and solar has also declined in recent years to become more competitive with fossil fuel, and much of America’s clean energy is produced in red states that voted for Trump.  Utah is a good example.  More at PBS NewsHour.
Utah to Move Up in Energy Efficiency Rankings

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will be releasing its state rankings in the coming weeks, in which Utah is set to move up as a result of its deliberate and innovative approach to energy efficiency and conservation.  Learn more about the ACEEE at
OED Publishes New Coal Report

On May 4, OED released a new report, Advancing Utah Coal: Technology, Policy, and
a Path Forward
, to provide framework and recommendations for the development of a sustainable coal economy in Utah, as well as the promotion of strategic coal technologies.

Download the report at
OED Mining for Workforce Development Opportunities 

OED continues to support rural Utah by assisting in workforce development efforts.  In May, the Office visited Applied Minerals, located in Juab County, to learn more about their Halloysite Clay and Technical Grade Iron Oxide resources – the purest and most abundant sources of these minerals in the world.

The clay exhibits a rare naturally occurring hollow nanotube structure that allows for a number of innovative uses, including composites, paints, cosmetics, environmental remediation, oil refining, agriculture, and flame retardancy.

In production since 2014, Applied Minerals aims to expand operations to add
15-30 rural jobs.
OED Hosts Key Meeting with Delegation from China's Jiangxi Province

In partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and World Trade Center Utah, OED hosted a 15-person trade delegation from China's Jiangxi Province.

The delegation learned about OED's mission, Utah's energy and minerals landscape, and the latest in energy innovations and how they can partner with Utah.
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