Shortly after the publication of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, the legislature carried out the Plan’s first recommendation, which was the creation of an Office of Energy Development (OED) dedicated solely to advancing all forms of responsible energy development in the state. Led by Samantha Mary Julian, formerly GOED’s energy and natural resources cluster director, the OED is tasked with implementing the state energy policy (63M-4-301), facilitating the development of the state’s conventional and alternative resources, and promoting energy education and outreach.
Welcome from the Director
“Thank you for visiting the Office of Energy Development’s (OED) website. My name is Samantha Mary Julian, and I was appointed to direct OED in the spring of 2011 when the Office was created. The nearly three years since have been an exciting period of rapid change not only for the energy industry, but for OED itself, as it built an effective team, developed and began to implement a strategy for achieving the Governor’s energy goals, and developed partnerships with industry, non-profits and other state and federal agencies. The Office has a number of statutory roles including industry assistance, policy development and energy education and outreach. We hope this website helps to advance all of those goals, whether by providing energy resource or incentive information, helping you identify opportunities or partners, or explaining the issues most salient to energy companies as they work to further develop Utah’s vast and diverse resources.”
The Office of Energy Development
In the spring of 2011, the Utah Office of Energy Development (OED) was formed in response to the Governor’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, and has now been positioned as the primary resource for advancing energy development in Utah. In its first year, OED hosted over 1,000 attendees at its first annual Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit. When the second Summit’s attendance jumped to 1,400, the high levels of attendance and sponsorship clearly demonstrated that the Governor is not alone in anticipating energy’s growing importance to the state. While those companies and jobs that constitute Utah’s energy sector range from urban to rural – from attorneys and petroleum engineers to oil well operators and wind turbine maintenance technicians – energy production is a particular boon for rural counties. Indeed, in Carbon, Duchesne and San Juan Counties, 40% of all property tax revenue comes from energy development, and in Uintah, Millard and Emery Counties, between 55-80% of all property taxes flow from energy development. In total, energy production in those counties and others was valued at $4.6 billion in 2012, and accounted for $587 million in revenues to the state and other political subdivisions. Energy is big in Utah, and it’s getting bigger.
Led by Samantha Mary Julian, OED is tasked with implementing the state energy policy (63M-4-301), facilitating the development of the state’s conventional and alternative resources, and promoting energy education and outreach. OED has staff dedicated to the promotion of conventional, unconventional, renewable, and energy efficiency resources, as well as alternative transportation energy infrastructure. Staff focuses primarily on energy policy and economic development, however given the environmental and social nexuses that define energy development, OED staff deals regularly with public lands issues, environmental issues, new technologies, and public relations and education. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, OED has a number of development tools that will be critical to Utah’s energy future.
To serve as the primary resource for advancing energy development in Utah.
To provide leadership in the balanced development of Utah’s abundant energy resources through public and private partnerships for economic prosperity, energy independence and a reliable, affordable energy supply.
Create and Implement Policy
Provide Industry Assistance
Seek Funding Opportunities
Support Energy Education
Download the original 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan