Idaho has a good track record of collaborations in the energy sector. With the support of federal funding, Idahos three state research universities Idaho State University, Boise State University and the University of Idaho and the Department of Energys Idaho National Laboratory work in a statewide partnership in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies based in Idaho Falls near INL.
For example, one of the CAES organizations, the CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute, with the help of funding from the Industrial Assessment Center, allows CAES students and faculty work to promote energy efficiency by conducting assessments on their clients. These assessments are in-depth evaluations of a client facility conducted by students led by experienced engineering faculty. These enable Idaho businesses to receive objective information to help make their plants more energy efficient, productive and cleaner.
On average, implemented CAES assessment recommendations save a facility more than $55,000 per year, with paybacks within 12 to 18 months.
They also serve as a training ground for the next generation of energy engineers. Since its launch, the IAC program has conducted more than 15,000 assessments. It includes 24 universities in 23 states.
The Idaho Technology Council has fostered relationships and exchanges between CAES and Idahos energy businesses for years. On March 10 and 11, the Idaho Technology Council and Center for Advanced Energy Studies will present the fourth annual Energy Connected Conference at Boise State Universitys Stueckle Sky Center.
Energy innovators gather each year to discuss their philosophies and experience at the conference. The event annually draws more than 200 venture capitalists, energy leaders, businesses, notable researchers and entrepreneurs from across the state and region.
Designed to facilitate ideas, networking, innovation and enthusiasm to further develop Idahos energy economy, the 2014 Energy Connected Conference will encompass energy and technology discussions. The format ranges from multiple five-minute speed presentations to panels of experts in energy policy, market forces affecting energy technology and energy information technology (the smart grid).
The discussions will include top energy commercialization opportunities in Idaho, national energy trends, and the effects of public policy on energy technology.
Inspiring author, Wall Street Journal and Business Week contributor and renowned global futurist Jack Uldrich will deliver the luncheon keynote address. The detailed agenda is available and tickets can be purchased at http://www.idahotechcouncil.org.
The example of CAES is just one of many that illustrate how partnerships between visionaries can transform the energy landscape throughout our state, region and nation. It is this sharing of ideas and collaboration of thought leaders that continues the energy conversation.
A strong energy sector supports all of Idahos businesses. With increasing energy costs, Idaho energy businesses are poised to provide energy efficiency, energy management and generation based in Idaho.
The Idaho Technology Council hopes to facilitate an environment at the conference where attendees will learn more about what roles they can play in energizing Idahos businesses.
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