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Colorado is a balanced energy leader with abundant resources in both traditional energy (oil, natural gas and coal) and renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and geothermal).

Regulatory Environment and Public Policy Organizations

  • Colorado Energy Science Center (CESC) was founded by Battelle, Bechtel,and the Midwest Research Institute, who share in the management of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. CESC strives to increase the understanding and appreciation of energy science and technology in order to enable decision-makers to adopt energy practices that produce economic benefits, reduce environmental impacts, and increase the sustainability of energy supply.
  • Colorado Energy Office promotes renewable energy and traditional energy development in innovative ways that create jobs, increase energy security, lower long-term consumer costs and protect our environment.
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission promotes the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and natural gas resources.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydro power projects.
  • Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) is a national initiative to develop a bold and decisive climate action plan for the next President of the United States.

Industry-Specific Licenses and Certifications

  • Colorado Division of Registrations
    State Electrical Board
    1560 Broadway Suite 1500 Denver, CO 80202
  • Colorado Journeyman & Apprentice Training for Operating Engineers
    41801 E County Road 30Bennett, CO 80102
  • Electric Power Training Center (EPTC) is a program of the Western Area Power Administration provides high quality power system operations training.
  • Green Building Certificate. Colorado State University is offered by the Department of Construction Management and has been developed in response to a growing need for specially trained professionals able to respond POLICY ORGANIZATIONS to a changing industry and culture.
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 68
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – please see U.S.Green Building Council
  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is an industry-recognized certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry.
  • U.S. Green Building Council

Professional Associations

  • American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3)organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
  • American Petroleum Institute provides members with certificate programs, research and statistics, policy work, and education.
  • American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the U.S.
  • American Wind Energy Association(AWEA) is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and wind energy advocates.
  • Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA)
  • Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC)
  • Colorado Mining Association (CMA)
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA)
  • Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA)
  • Interwest Energy Alliance is a trade association connected with the nation’s renewable energy industry with the West’s advocacy community to support state- level public policies that harness the West’s abundant renewable energy and energy efficiency resources. Primary states of focus: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
  • National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) promotes efficiency as the first priority in a portfolio of economic and environmentally sustainable energy resources and to encourage customers and public officials to think energy efficiency first when they are making energy resource procurement or energy policy choices.
  • National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA) was created in the fall of 1926 by the merger of the Electric Power Club and the Associated Manufacturers of Electrical Supplies, provides a forum for the standardization of electrical equipment, enabling consumers to select from a range of safe, effective, and compatible electrical products. The organization has also made numerous contributions to the electrical industry by shaping public policy development and operating as a central confidential agency for gathering, compiling, and analyzing market statistics and economics.
  • Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster is a business-led, project-oriented group of regional partners seeking to have a global impact. Through mass collaboration, the Cluster intends to position Northern Colorado as the “Go To” region for smart grid technologies, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and cleaner and more efficient engines.
  • Eighth Continent Project is a new initiative of the Colorado School of Mines. Eighth Continent provides the infrastructure and resources to solve a wide range of challenges from renewable energy development to biomedical advances to global security.
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