Utah’s Energy Industry Showcases Job Growth at Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol
Salt Lake City—Forget chocolates and candy hearts, legislators received new jobs and clean air this Valentine’s Day. Utah Clean Energy, Utah’s leading renewable energy organization, along with sPower, a solar industry leader, hosted its annual Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol today in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda. Representatives from over a dozen local businesses from Utah’s solar, energy efficiency, wind and electric vehicle industries showcased their clean-technology products and services. To kick off the event, a press conference was held at 3:30 p.m. where representatives from Utah Clean Energy, sPower and Utah legislator, Representative Steve Handy addressed legislation around electric vehicles, solar development and brand-new renewable energy pricings trends.
“Solar energy in Utah represents over 6,000 local jobs. sPower is proud to play a role in this economic driver,” states Ryan Creamer, sPower CEO. “With renewable energy pricing at all-time lows, policy plays a critical role in ensuring that there is robust competition with a level playing field for the benefit of Utah’s energy future.”
Utah policymakers received VIP access to Utah’s clean energy industry, which includes over 30,000 energy efficiency jobs alone. Pricing for renewable energy projects has become a central player in job growth. Utah’s clean energy industry could be at a crossroads with national and local renewable energy pricing so low, creating an industry game-changer in terms of growth.
“Several energy policies currently are underway that have the potential to bolster industry growth in Utah,” said Sarah Wright, Utah Clean Energy’s Executive Director. “Utah is only at the beginning of the state’s full energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric vehicle potential. This is a critical time in the energy industry and we hope state policymakers will harness this opportunity to build our ever-growing energy economy in Utah.”
The Clean Energy Business Day and press conference included a sneak-peek at the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook produced by The Business Council for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The annual release will be distributed on February 15, and outlines key energy trends and the contribution of clean energy to the U.S. economy.
Visitors browsed exhibits including Tesla, Auric Solar and Wheeler Power Systems at the capitol, and learned more about Utah’s growing clean energy sector from industry experts and leaders on site.
For more information, visit https://utahcleanenergy.org/.