Hickenlooper signs bill appropriating $2 million to fund Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory

By: InnovatioNews Monday May 19, 2014 0 comments Tags: Boulder, clean energy, CU-Boulder, David Hiller, NREL, Philip DiStefano

BOULDER - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday on the CU-Boulder campus that appropriates $2 million to help fund the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, which joins together four institutions with industry partners to advance clean energy.

The bill, SB14-011, provides $1 million in fiscal year 2014-15 and another $1 million in fiscal year 2015-16 in matching funds to the Collaboratory, a research consortium that includes CU-Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Founded in 2006, the Collaboratory works with industry partners, government agencies and other universities to conduct energy research and to create and speed the commercialization of renewable energy technologies, energy management systems and energy efficiency tools.

David Hiller, Collaboratory executive director, said about $6 million in previous state funding has attracted more than $50 million in research funding from federal and private sources.

"This collaboration already has been shown to be a great fit for Colorado, given the vast amount of energy research at our universities, government labs and in private industry," said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.

"We are pleased that this new funding bill has been signed, and we believe that bringing our top scientists and students from Colorado together is allowing us to play a more significant role in the development of new efficient and renewable energy technologies."

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