Governor to Introduce “Excellence in Energy Awards” at Energy Summit

Award ceremony is scheduled for lunch at Governor’s Energy Development Summit on January 10
SALT LAKE CITY – On the heels of its well-received first annual Governor’s Energy Development Summit in February of 2012, the Office of Energy Development (OED) is busy preparing for its second Summit, to be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center on January 10-11.  This year’s Summit will offer the same focus on the responsible development of Utah’s energy resources, both conventional and alternative, and will bring together local and regional energy players from multiple sectors, including industry, government, academia, and non-profit groups.

While the Summit’s emphasis will keep its focus on advancing Utah’s energy future, OED is excited about a handful of changes, including the addition of a second day with more panel sessions and afternoon energy tours, as well as the introduction of the Governor’s Excellence in Energy Awards. The awards will be given during the luncheon plenary session on Thursday, January 10.  At that time, Governor Gary R. Herbert will recognize those companies or individuals selected to receive the Energy Producer of the Year, Responsible Energy Developer of the Year, and Energy Technology Innovation of the Year awards. 

OED has been pleased with the healthy interest in the award nomination process, and will continue accepting nominations for each award through its website ( until close of business on Monday, December 10th.

The level of interest in the 2013 Governor’s Energy Development Summit has been profound, drawing the support of 70 sponsors, and the involvement of well over 100 expert speakers from around the country.  Those speakers will join attendees to discuss a wide breadth of energy issues, ranging from energy policy and environmental regulation, to technological developments, job creation, energy security, and many other timely topics.

In 2013, the Governor’s Energy Development Summit will continue to be the critical energy forum in the Intermountain West, and will be an opportunity not only to examine key issues in the ever-changing energy sector, but to better understand the significant value energy adds to Utah’s world-class economy.  This conversation will help position Utah for an exciting energy future that embraces a diversity of resources, and proceeds with a dual focus on responsible practices and economic growth.