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Second Utah Air and Energy Symposium Oct 5

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News Release
For Immediate Release
Sept. 30, 2016

Governor, industry leaders to discuss progress and solutions for meeting air and energy goals at symposium

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 30, 2016) – Governor Gary R. Herbert and industry leaders will discuss progress and innovative solutions in meeting the state’s key environmental and economic goals at the second Utah Air & Energy Symposium on Oct. 5.

The event, presented by the Governor’s Office of Energy Development in partnership with Zion’s Bank, Rocky Mountain Power, and Tesoro, will take place at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“It is critical that we maintain reliable and affordable energy resources to keep pace with Utah’s growing population,” Gov. Herbert said. “We have made significant strides in recent years, and I look forward to addressing the challenges ahead at the symposium.”

Since the inaugural symposium in 2015, Utah has continued its progress in meeting the state’s unique air and energy demands through the accelerated adoption of advanced technologies such as building efficiency, alternative transportation and renewable resources–including the projected integration of roughly 850 megawatts of utility-scale solar energy by years’ end. Detailing these and more strides, this year’s event will also aim to expand dialogue around existing challenges and opportunities through the perspectives of more than two dozen industry leaders, stakeholders, experts and government officials across four key panels, including:

• Understanding Utah’s Air Quality
• Evaluating the Cost & Effectiveness of Regulations
• Affordable Power & Opportunities for Cleaner Air
• The Importance of Urban Planning & Design

Attendees will also garner further insight through the remarks of the following featured speakers:

• Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah
• Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s energy advisor, Governor’s Office of Energy Development
• Rob Brough, Zions Bank
• Karma Thomson, Tesoro Salt Lake Refinery
• Gary Hoogeveen, Rocky Mountain Power
• Steven Burns, Huntsman Corporation
• Dr. Regan Zane, Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT) and Power Electronics Lab, Utah State University

“We are dedicated to mutually advancing the success of our economy and the environment,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, the Governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “As a regional voice for innovative solutions, this symposium continues to provide a springboard of ideas to ensure Utah meets its air-energy goals through strategic policy, collaborative planning and the integration of new technologies.”

For more information, including a complete agenda and description of panels, visit


About Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)

Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 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.