Alternative Energy Interlocal Entity: The Alternative Energy Interlocal Entity was envisioned in 2013′s S.B. 275, as a body that would advance clean air through by facilitating the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels. S.B. 275 aimed to advance any alternative that would improve air quality, however the bill had a particular focus on natural gas vehicles. The Interlocal Entity’s requisite first two members are the Utah Transit Authority and the Office of Energy Development (OED). The Entity’s Board was established per statutory criteria in the summer of 2013, and is currently working to determine the best path forward.
Alternative Transportation & Fuels Advisory Group: The Alternative Fuels & Transportation Advisory Group was established in 2013 as a stakeholder working group chaired by the Governor’s Energy Advisor, the aim of which is to identify policy options to advance alternative transportation options in the State of Utah.
Energy Coordinating Council: The Energy Coordinating Council, the creation of which was called for in the 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, is a body composed of the executive directors of the various state agencies engaged in energy development, whether in a land management, regulatory, economic development capacity. The agencies whose leadership makes up the Council include the Office of Energy Development (OED); the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); the Department of Natural Resources (DNR); the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM); and the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA).
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan Committees: The 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan’s sixth recommendation called for the creation of a statewide comprehensive energy conservation plan. In 2013, OED initiated a stakeholder process to create such a plan, and has worked with a series of subcommittees and with this Steering Committee to compose the plan. While the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan Steering Committee has a singular purpose in the near term, it is likely to be leveraged in the coming months and years to update what OED hopes will be a living document, much like the 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan.
Millitary Installations’ Energy Collaborative (MIEC): The Military Installations’ Energy Collaborative (MIEC) is a quarterly gathering of energy managers and other interested parties from each of Utah’s five military installations, namely Hill Air Force Base, Tooele Army Depot, Dugway Proving Ground, Camp Williams and, in some cases, the Utah Test and Training Range. The MIEC meetings are coordinated by OED, and often hosted by one of the installations, and serve both as an opportunity for installations to keep each other abreast of various energy efficiency and renewable energy projects underway, and for OED to bring in experts and developers to educate the group on new issues or technologies that may be critical to the installations’ future energy security goals.
Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority Board (UEIA): The Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority was created by the Utah State Legislature in the 2012 General Session. The aim of the Authority is to utilize tax free state bonds to advance energy infrastructure projects that facilitate responsible energy development in Utah. The Board is chaired by the Governor’s Energy Advisor, and is composed of various energy experts, utility representatives and government leaders, as outlined in statute.
Utah Nuclear Engineering Program Industrial Advisory Board: The University of Utah’s Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) Industrial Advisory Board was recently formed, and OED’s Unconventional Energy Manager has been appointed to the Board. Under its Director, Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic, UNEP has experienced rapid growth. The new industrial advisory board will provide guidance and insights to enhance UNEP’s relationship with industry and provide additional opportunities to students. The Advisory Board consists of national leaders in nuclear energy, including a variety of nuclear industries, national energy laboratories, government and regulatory experts.