From how we fuel our cars, heat and power our  homes and the effects on the air we breathe, the field of energy is continually  growing, developing, and influencing the way we live.

The 2013 Governor’s  Energy Development Summit:  Advancing our Energy Future, will explore many  issues in the field of energy. The summit will discuss the expansion, evolution,  and influence of energy and facilitate discussion of Utah’s unique energy  resources and related development.

The summit will be held January 10-11,  2013 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. It will cover conventional,  unconventional, and renewable and efficiency related energy issues with topics  that include, transportation, the future of nuclear energy, oil shale and the  oil sands development in Utah, discussion about the Uintah Basin’s air quality  and geothermal exploration in Utah.

“The purpose of the summit is to  educate people why it makes sense to do business in Utah,” said Rob Simmons,  manager of unconventional energy development for the Utah Office of Energy. “Utah’s diverse resource energy base lends to a unique economic  advantage.”

Governor Gary Herbert will discuss the vital role  energy has and will have in the economic success of the State of Utah. The  summit will feature remarks from the CEO of Questar and chairman of the American  Gas Association, Ronald W. Jibson, and James D. Ogsbury, the newly appointed  executive director of the Western Governors Association. A keynote session at  the summit will feature a discussion with Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee  and congressmen Robert Bishop, Jim Matheson and Chris Stewart.

With the  help of this impressive slate of keynote speakers, the Governor’s Energy  Development Summit will continue to be the critical energy forum in the  Intermountain West. The summit will be an opportunity to examine key issues in  the ever-changing energy sector leading to a better understand of the  significant value energy adds to Utah’s world-class economy. This conversation  will help position Utah for an exciting energy future that embraces a diversity  of resources, and proceeds with a dual focus on responsible practices and  economic growth.

The Utah Science Technology and Research  initiative (USTAR) research and commercialization efforts have a large energy  focus to facilitate and produce innovation and development. This includes carbon  management research, biofuels, and most recently the development of a  first-of-its-kind electric powered bus at Utah State University (USU) which will  be seen at the summit.

Several representatives of USTAR’s efforts will be  featured as moderators and panelist during the two day event. USTAR East  Director Alan Walker will lead a panel discussion on how technology is changing  the energy landscape and will also participate as a member of Utah Energy  Research Triangle Initiatives discussion. Robert T. Behunin, vice president for  commercialization and development at USU will lead a discussion featuring a new  technology showcase which will also include Scott Hill, a USTAR researcher and  associate director of the Bingham Energy Research Center.  Behunin will  also participate in the Research Triangle Initiatives discussion.

In  addition, the summit will include a trade show with over 100 industry  representatives and vendors associated with the energy industry. New the summit  in 2013 is a series of energy related tours in facilities throughout the Salt  Lake Valley. The tours include the Utah Geologic Core Research Lab, Little  Cottonwood Canyon Hydroelectric Plant, City Creek Shopping Center, University of  Utah Nuclear Research Reactor, and the Natural History Museum of Utah Rio Tinto  Center.

With an expected 1,200 plus attendees the 2013 Governor’s Energy  Summit is poised to be a great avenue to gain insight about the energy issues  facing Utah, and the mountain west. Those interested in attending should visit Interested  parties are encouraged to submit relevant questions to  The Office of Energy Development will select from among those submitted to help  guide either the discussion with Utah’s Congressional delegates or the most  appropriate breakout session.