Utah Clean Energy Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation with Gala on Oct. 27

Utah Clean Energy, a non-profit organization that partners with Utah’s top leaders to build a new clean energy economy, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a gala on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Rice Eccles Stadium Scholarship Room, at the University of Utah. Jamie Redford, documentaryfilmmaker and environmental advocate, will be the keynote speaker.

“Jamie Redford is an incredible filmmaker and we are thrilled to have him as our speaker,” said Sarah Wright, Utah Clean Energy executive director. “His philosophy and work align perfectly with Utah Clean Energy’s solution-oriented work that addresses our most pressing environmental challenges, and creates new clean energy opportunities while growing the economy. We believe the community will really enjoy his presentation.”

Utah Clean Energy is recognized as a key player in advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart programs and policies that create jobs, while providing a clean energy future for the next generation. The non-profit has accomplished much over the years, including collaborating with utility, regulatory, and industry stakeholders to enable and initiate Rocky Mountain Power’s and Questar’s energy efficiency programs, enabling roof-top solar in Utah and helping establish Moab as the first Green Power Community in the nation. Utah Clean Energy is also responsible for helping Utah move to the number twenty spot on the national state energy efficiency scorecard.

In the past year, Utah Clean Energy and partners initiated the U Drive Electric program that allowed University of Utah students, staff and alumni to enjoy discounts on electric vehicles for a limited time. Other projects from 2016 include helping 600 Utah families go solar through Community Solar projects, and assisting businesses to measure and reduce energy waste in their buildings. Utah Clean Energy’s partnership with stakeholders has led to the generation of nearly 1.5 Gigawatts of utility-sized solar, wind, and geothermal projects in Utah. That is enough clean energy to power 470,000 homes – almost half of the households in Utah.

“The fact that we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Utah Clean Energy is a testament to the collective successes we have achieved with our many community partners,” added Wright. “With continued help from our community and a shared vision, we will put Utah on the map as one of the nation’s premier clean energy leaders.”

Gala keynote, Redford, is a writer, producer and director for film and television. He is the co-founder and chair of the Redford Center, a non-profit organization committed to transforming environmental and social challenges into stories. He is currently directing the Redford Center film “Happening”, which takes an entertaining look at the grassroots emergence of America’s clean energy economy.

The gala also features food and beverages from Culinary Crafts and includes a live auction featuring a solar installation, ski packages and more. Those wishing to attend must RSVP prior to the event. To purchase tickets, visit utahcleanenergy.org/.