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Governor John Hickenlooper Tours Colorado State University Laboratory

June 6, 2011

Gov. John Hickenlooper toured the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at CSU on Monday, May 23 as part of a major announcement on energy efficiency made by his office in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund and OPOWER.

Gov. John Hickenlooper with President Tony Frank, Bryan Willson and former Gov. Bill RitterThe governor’s office chose CSU’s lab for the announcement because of its reputation as one of the nation’s premier energy laboratories and a world leader in developing large-scale solutions to global energy problems, with particular emphasis on engine technology, smart electric grids, advanced biofuels and energy technology.

Lab chosen because of its reputation

OPOWER, a Virginia-based company, and the Environmental Defense Fund announced the findings of a study of information-based energy efficiency programs at 11 utilities across the country. According to an EDF press release, the report identified energy reductions that could generate billions in savings for Americans and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions by more than 8.9 million metric tons per year if extended nationwide.

Fort Collins Utilities participated in the EDF study and implemented an information-based energy efficiency program in November of 2009.

Hickenlooper also signed into law HB 1045 “Colorado Innovation Investment Tax Credit” co-sponsored by Rep. John Kefalas, a CSU alumnus. Also attending was Rep. Randy Fischer, also a CSU alumnus.

Governor tours fraction of CSU's clean energy projects

But what most excited CSU officials was Hickenlooper’s tour of the internationally known engines lab. President Tony Frank and Bryan Willson, co-director of the lab, hosted the governor during his visit.

“I think it was important for him to get a physical snapshot of the scope of energy activities underway at CSU,” Willson said. “The lab here only represents a fraction of what’s going on at the university, but it’s one place where it’s pulled together so you can see there’s a lot going on.

“It’s very clear on the tour that Gov. Hickenlooper is very interested in business-oriented solutions,” Willson said. “We’ve always talked about enterprises as the way solutions get disseminated. That certainly resonated very strongly with Gov. Hickenlooper and that’s very encouraging.”

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