Cory Gardner

07/11/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/11/2020 16:51

Gardner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory is Critical for Colorado’s Economy and Environment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement today regarding a new report from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder which shows the strong economic impact of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to Colorado and the nation. The report found that NREL had an economic impact of $875 million in Colorado and $1.4 billion nationwide in Fiscal Year 2019.

'The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado is instrumental in advancing our nation's renewable energy technology and also provides a sizable economic impact for our state,' said Senator Gardner. 'During my time in the U.S. Senate, I'm proud that I have been able to help increase NREL's funding by nearly 50 percent and protect the Wind Technology Center. I will continue to be a strong advocate for NREL's work to advance renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, more environmental opportunities, and grid resiliency and security.'

NREL has partnerships with the federal government, state and local governments, tribes, the private sector, and with 78 universities, including Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.