State & Local Partnerships
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: 1/1/95    Record No.: 10101
Contact: Carol Tombari, 303-275-3057

State & Local Partnerships
State and local agencies are on the lookout and actively seek technology opportunities as ways to improve the local economy and employment. Several have visited NREL already, some with and some without their utility representatives. NREL views such groups as natural allies, and as a means to find innovators and entrepreneurs who can commercialize technology.

The Sustainable Technology Energy Partnership is a $10 million program being piloted at NREL. The Lab and state energy offices split costs 50-50, and work together to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of laboratory technologies, and thus promoting economic development. The state offices form partnerships among their local constituencies (e.g., corporations, local government, state research institutions), and use NREL resources.

NREL reviewed two-page concept papers that were submitted. Over 200 proposals were received last Fall from 37 states, and about 1/4 of the partners were utilities. Contracts will be negotiated early in 1995.