The nation is looking to Colorado to lead the new energy economy.
As a leader in the Balanced Energy Economy, Colorado has all of 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 sixth among the nation's 50 largest metros for cleantech employment concentration in 2013. Overall, the energy industry cluster employs 46,940 people in the area. As a state, Colorado ranked fifth in the country for cleantech employment (22,420 jobs) and ninth in fossil fuel energy (45,230 jobs).
Fossil fuels was the fastest growing among the clusters and subclusters in the region, increasing 6.2 percent in 2013. Colorado posted 2.1 percent growth statewide. The growth was primarily driven by increased oil and gas activity, and several company expansions in Northern Colorado as a result of the shale oil plays. 2013 is on pace to exceed last year's record-breaking 57-year high for oil production.
Metro Denver offers world-class 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. In addition, Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federally funded science and research centers in the nation with 30 federal laboratories, including 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. Colorado's federal laboratories contributed $2.3 billion to Colorado's economy in 2012.
The Metro Denver EDC's affiliate, the Colorado Energy Coalition, is working to make sure Colorado's energy industry cluster continues to thrive. With a diverse membership that includes utilities, energy efficiency companies, oil, coal, gas and renewable businesses, as well as support services, engineering consulting firms, and our major research universities, the Colorado Energy Coalition brings a variety of energy leaders together to discuss timely issues and address common challenges.
Our momentum is building. We're home to a pool of talented scientists, engineers, researchers, and executives. You'll find all the resources you need to energize your company in Metro Denver.