Colorado is considered a leader in energy innovation, both in the traditional energy and in renewable and energy efficiency sectors. Colorado’s many assets including: policy initiatives, research universities with business incubators, and their partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, so called-the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, our great renewable and traditional resources and industries, and our technical workforce, just to name a few, have established a recognized foundation for innovation. These assets have attracted industry and investment to Colorado resulting in job creation.
Today, Colorado is expanding its energy innovation profile beyond energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors to include strategic innovation in energy management, long term planning, lower carbon solutions and unconventional gas and oil.
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is developing a Plan for Energy Innovation to align the many innovation activities in the state with OEDIT’s Buttom Up goal for Innovation. The Plan for Energy Innovation will build on the statewide Cleantech Action Plan, the Collaborative efforts of the Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED), the newly formed Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and other supporting industry working groups and associations.
As part of our innovation efforts, CEO is planning to host in partnership a series of events during 2012 to interact with stakeholders about opportunities for further innovation and showcase technologies. Events will be posted on the CEO calendar.
Developing Colorado’s innovation sector requires the efforts of many partners. Some of them include:
Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) www.creed.org
The Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) is a joint effort between the State of Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and affiliated stakeholders who are devoted to clean energy economic development. Many of the energy innovation networks are working in this efforts and working under the mission as follows:
CREED brings together stakeholders and service providers that support the creation and growth of cleantech companies in Colorado, contributing to economic development in the state.
By providing a unique facility where organizations, industry, researchers, scientists, and engineers can interact and discuss important technical, business, market, and policy issues with entrepreneurs, investors, analysts, and policy makers, CREED connects the cleantech economic development puzzle pieces together. CREED's six key capabilities guide cleantech businesses to appropriate resources within the State of Colorado and support the growth of the cleantech industry within the region.
Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) www.coloradocleantech.com
The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association represents the interests of the state's cleantech industry. Their mission is to further establish Colorado as a world leader in clean technology by providing representation and advocacy, a unified voice, relevant programming and capacity development.
Colorado Collaboratory for Renewable Energy (Collaboratory) www.coloradocollaboratory.org
The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory is a research consortium among four leading research institutions—the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Collaboratory works with industry partners, public agencies, and other universities and colleges to:
Colorado Venture Capital Advisory Committee By focusing the efforts and experience of nearly two dozen proven entrepreneurs, the VC panel seeks to attract new investment in several innovative Colorado industries, including clean energy, bioscience, aerospace and information communications technology. The panel will advise the Colorado Office of Economic Development on ways to support increased investment and job creation in these four vital Colorado industries.