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Our History

In his 2010 State of the State address, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced his intent to create a strategic energy plan that combined Utah’s rich abundance of diverse natural resources with its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit—to ensure that Utah was at the forefront of solving the world’s energy challenges.

Through an appointed task force, Gov. Herbert unveiled Utah’s 10 Year Strategic Energy Plan in 2011, which called for the creation of the Governor’s Energy Development Office (OED) and Advisory Committee to oversee the implementation of the plan.

OED is committed to advancing Utah’s energy & minerals economies for the provision of affordable, reliable, and sustainable outcomes that provide significant and lasting value to the state.

OED’s leadership empowers its staff to be effective, creative problem solvers.

Brad Schaefer, Government & Public Affairs Manager
Marathon Petroleum Company

OED Team

  • Dr. Laura Nelson

    Executive Director

    801.538.8726

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  • Rob Simmons

    Deputy Director

    801.657.2867

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  • Trena Slighting

    Executive Assistant

    801.538.8732

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  • Michele Pasker

    Finance Manager

    801.538.8727

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  • Meghan Stettler

    Director of Public Affairs & Communications

    801.499.0781

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  • Jordan Clark

    Managing Director of Energy
    & Minerals Development

    801.300.0062

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  • Brooke Tucker

    Managing Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    801.538.8724

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  • Alair Emory

    Advanced Energy Systems Manager

    801.538.8724

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  • Richard Bell

    Energy Policy Analyst

    801.538.8682

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  • Alicia Ryans

    Energy and Infrastructure Incentives Specialist

    801.538.8729

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  • Kevin Brooks

    Senior Energy & Education Programs Specialist

    801.538.8725

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  • Annie Schneider

    Senior Energy Resilience Specialist

    801.538.8734

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  • Guille L. Pelaez

    Energy and Community Development Specialist

    801.538.8703

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  • Bergen Eskildsen

    Rural Development Specialist

    801.538.8718

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  • Antonio Santos Aguilera

    Energy and Incentives Specialist

    801.538.8702

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