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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

The Office of Energy Development is housed in Suite 300 of the World Trade Center building, which is located at 60 E. South Temple, on the northeast corner of City Creek Center (the copper-red building pictured here). The location puts OED within easy reach of both the Utah State Capitol and many of its business partners downtown.

Shortly after the publication of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, the legislature carried out the Plan’s first recommendation – creating the Office of Energy Development (OED).  OED is dedicated solely to advancing all forms of responsible energy development in the state. Led by Dr. Laura Nelson, the OED is tasked with implementing the state energy policy, facilitating the development of the state’s conventional, advanced and alternative resources, and promoting energy education and outreach.

"In the world of energy, we must face new realities, we must confront new challenges, and we must envision and act upon new opportunities!"
-Governor Gary R. Herbert


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Welcome from the Director

 Laura Nelson headshot

“Thank you for visiting the Office of Energy Development’s (OED) website. My name is Dr. Laura Nelson, and I am excited about the future of energy in Utah.  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 and stakeholders 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 Dr. Laura Nelson, the Utah Office of Energy Development is responsible for implementing the state energy policy (63M-4-301), facilitating the development of the state’s conventional and alternative resources, providing industry assistance, promoting energy education, and building relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including the Utah legislature, the executive branch, local government, and members of the public.

OED is dedicated to the promotion of conventional, unconventional, renewable, and energy efficiency resources, as well as alternative transportation energy infrastructure.  We also deal 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 advance Utah’s diverse energy sector through planning, policy, and direct engagement with the private sector; and thereby to foster economic growth through energy development and conservation activities and through the provision of affordable, reliable energy.

Strategic Objectives


Energy Education

Integration of New Energy Sources: Energy Efficiency, Renewables, and Storage

Alternative Transportation 

Changing Federal Policies

Download the updated 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan