Air & Energy Symposium to Explore Nexus Between Energy and Air Quality

Abundant and low-cost energy is essential to economic growth and community well-being. But the production and use of energy produces emissions that affect Utah’s unique airsheds. The challenges of realizing the combined goals of economic development and environmental health will be discussed at the Utah Air & Energy Symposium,Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

The Governor’s Office of Energy Development is partnering with Zions Bank, Rocky Mountain Power, and Tesoro to produce the symposium.Gov. Gary Herbert and other leaders will discuss progress in navigating the dynamic nexus between energy and air quality, and solutions for continued improvement.

Industry stakeholders and leading experts will provide updates and discussion on keyissues such as better measurement and understanding of Utah’s air quality picture; the cost and effectiveness of regulation; the economic development impacts of energy and air quality; and the importance of urban design in driving solutions.

Plenary speakers include Gov. Herbert, Dr. Laura Nelson, governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development; Rob Brough, executive vice president, Marketing and Communications, Zions Bank; Karma Thomson, vice president, Environment, Health, Safety and Security, Tesoro.

Among the panelists will be Bryce Bird, director, Division of Air Quality; Rep. Stephen G. Handy; Jon Goldstein, senior energy policy manager, Environmental Defense Fund; Jon Cox, government affairs VP, Rocky Mountain Power; Kerry Kelly, assistant professor, chemical engineering, University of Utah; Alan Matheson, director, Department of Environmental Quality.

See more details and registration information here.