NWETC expands from 5 to 7 members—a unique 5-year agreement established to accelerate the emergence and growth of the energy technology industry in the Pacific Northwest
For Immediate Release: September 12, 2002
Seattle – Lee Cheatham, Chairman of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC) announced today at the Governor’s 2002 Economic Development Conference that the Washington State Office of Trade and Economic Development (OTED) and the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center (INTEC) have joined the NWETC. OTED works to enhance and promote sustainable economic vitality throughout the state of Washington. INTEC is based in Spokane with the goal to increase the economic viability of regional technology initiatives by focusing on workforce training.
The seven-member collaborative is a joint effort of business, government, nonprofit, industry, and educational institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Founding members include: Avista Corporation, Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, and Washington Technology Center — who share the common goal to position the region as a recognized leader for innovative research, education and product development for energy technology markets around the world.
The NWETC believes that during the coming decades, the U.S. energy infrastructure must make a transition to incorporate innovations in operating strategies, technologies and business models to remain economically viable in today’s global economy. The collaborative sees three primary national issues driving the need for this change:
— The 21st century global economy requires an energy infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and reliable.
— Concerns about national security and economic stability require that U.S. reliance on foreign oil be reduced.
— Environmental impacts must be minimized to ensure the highest quality of public health.
Governor Locke officially launched the collaborative on August 21, 2002 in Spokane. “Washington state has the potential to become a world leader in the development and marketing of clean energy technologies,” Locke said. “The collaborative will help us ensure that the state’s entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers work together on a strategy that allows us to realize this vision and, ultimately, improve people’s lives.”
As detailed in the NWETC agreement in principle, the collaborative will invest financial and in-kind support for the next five years to accelerate the growth of the region’s energy technology industry. Current projects under consideration are primary market research, identification of intellectual property for commercialization, coordination of research and development efforts, and establishment of energy technology demonstration projects. Additional members from the region are anticipated.
About the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative
The Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative is an agreement among Washington Technology Center (WTC), Avista Corporation, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI), Washington State Office of Trade and Economic Development (OTED), and the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center (INTEC). The mission of the NWETC is to accelerate the emergence and growth of the energy technology industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Collaborative is a joint effort of business, government, nonprofit, industry, and educational institutions in the Pacific Northwest who share the common goal to position the Pacific Northwest region of the United States as a recognized leader for innovative research, education and product development for energy technology markets around the world.
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