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Contact: Angelique Espinoza
Public Affairs Manager, Boulder Chamber
Boulder Chamber Hosts Top U.S. Department of Energy Representative
Boulder, Colo. (June 27, 2012) –On Tuesday, June 26th the Boulder Chamber welcomed Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, to join Boulder business leaders in an energy roundtable, co‐hosted with the Boulder Economic Council and University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Danielson received candid and specific input from industry leaders about opportunities and obstacles for economic growth in Boulder’s clean energy and energy efficiency sectors, and discussed how the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) can improve the business climate for these growing companies. Representatives from solar, wind, biofuel, green building and efficiency retrofitting, technology transfer and innovation incubators participated in the conversation.
With its strong history of clean energy innovation and entrepreneurship, the Boulder region is an important contributor to American competitiveness in the global clean energy race. For years, the Boulder Chamber has played an important role in this progress through economic development work headed by the Boulder Economic Council, and in partnership with the City of Boulder to provide energy efficiency information and resources to businesses. At the national level, the Boulder Chamber actively supports extending the wind energy Production Tax Credit, which has driven more than $10‐20 billion in private sector investment in each of the past three years. The Chamber also works to support clean energy innovation across the nation as a founding member of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. This first‐of‐its‐kind national network and information hub helps local chambers grow their local economies around new clean energy technologies and business strategies.
Tuesday’s roundtable with Dr. Danielson appropriately took place in the University of Colorado Boulder’s LEED platinum certified Center for Community. Solar panels, LED lighting, energy-saving appliances, solar‐reflective roof shingles, an evaporative cooling system, and other elements enable the building to use 30 percent less energy and water than comparable modern buildings. The Center for Community is CU‐Boulder’s second platinum‐rated building. Eight structures on the campus are LEED gold rated and another has a silver designation.
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of EERE for information on clean energy sectors, technologies, and tax credits: http://www.eere.energy.gov. Learn more about Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy: http://www.chambersforinnovation.com