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2014 Governor’s Energy Development Summit

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2014 Governor’s Energy Development Summit

Salt Palace Convention Center, June 3-4, 2014



On June 3-4, 2014, the Office of Energy Development was pleased to present its annual Energy Summit. The Summit, which is now the largest energy summit in the Intermountain West, hosted over 1,200 attendees from four countries and over 20 states. Over 380 organizations participated in the event, with more than 70 vendors and 20+ alternate-fuel vehicles. Morning and afternoon plenary sessions featured Governor Gary R. Herbert, industry leaders, and keynote speaker Ted Nordhaus of the Breakthrough Institute.  Our 16 break-out sessions featured over 85 energy experts from around the country. Gov. Gary R. Herbert honored three energy leaders for their contributions to the advancement of responsible energy development in the state.

Energy Community Leader of the Year 2014

2014 Energy Community Leader of the Year


Intermountain Healthcare was named “Energy Community Leader of the Year.” Intermountain Healthcare has adopted a series of energy conservation initiatives, including the creation of both an energy management program and an active Sustainability Council, and the hosting of an annual internal Energy Symposium.  IHC’s energy management program has reduced energy costs by almost ten percent since its inception in 2008.

Energy Innovator of the Year, 2014

2014 Energy Innovator of the Year




Enel Green Power, North America was named “Energy Innovator of the Year.” Enel Green Power  recently built a new 25 megawatt geothermal plant near Cove Fort, the largest Utah geothermal plant in to be constructed in three decades.  The state-of-the-art, closed-loop binary cycle facility is located on one the largest thermal anomalies in North America, and the company plans significant capacity expansions at the site in the coming years.


Energy Environmental Leader of the Year

2014 Energy Environmental Leader of the Year


Burton Lumber was named “Energy Environmental Leader of the Year.” Burton Lumber just completed a 4.5 acre distributed generation solar facilities on the roof of its Salt Lake City location.  The facility is the largest Utah-based, privately-owned solar array in the state.  Burton Lumber is also actively engaged in a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program across its seven locations.





Governor Gary Herbert offered remarks several times throughout the day.  Here is a short clip summarizing his comments:

We were also pleased to debut a short video on energy’s importance to Utah:

Finally, Channel 2 had a great summation of the Summit. You can watch it here:

2014 Governor's Energy Development Summit Publications

2014 Governor's Energy Development Photo Gallery

See Below for Information on Previous Years’ Summits