The nation is looking to Colorado to lead the new energy economy.
As a leader in the New Energy Economy, Colorado has all the resources that support sustainability—plus the surroundings that inspire it. The integration of renewable energy and the state's rich energy resource base puts the region at the forefront of new energy development for the nation.
The nine-county Metro Denver and Northern Colorado region ranked fourth for fossil fuel energy employment and seventh among the nation's 50 largest metros for cleantech employment concentration in 2012. Overall, the energy industry cluster employs 44,910 people in the area. As a state, Colorado ranked fifth in the country for cleantech employment and 10th in fossil fuel energy jobs.
Metro Denver offers world-class energy research centers and universities such as the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), the only university in the nation to offer baccalaureate through doctorate degrees in all key energy fields, and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D.
In addition, a research partnership between NREL, the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and the University of Colorado—the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory —is working closely with the private sector to develop renewable energy technologies for rapid commercialization.
And there's further momentum to move Colorado's new energy economy forward with the state's renewable energy standard of 30 percent. Complementing this effort is Greenprint Denver, a comprehensive sustainability initiative, and the Colorado Energy Coalition, which is working to advance Colorado's diverse energy industry.
Plus we're home to a pool of talented scientists, engineers, researchers, and executives who love living here. You'll definitely find all of the resources you need to energize your company in Metro Denver.