Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) highlighted the economic benefits investing in innovation and infrastructure improvement can bring to our community and state. A new study by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business shows the overall economic impact to Colorado of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to be nearly $815 million in fiscal year 2012.
NREL is one of the World's premier renewable and alternative energy research labs and is located here in Jefferson County in the 7th Congressional District.
Perlmutter stated, "The important research and development taking place at NREL will change the way we fuel our future and economy. NREL's presence continues to have a significant impact on Colorado and Jefferson County's job and economic growth. Through their work and partnerships with private sector businesses and our research universities, Colorado will continue leading the world in developing alternative energy sources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This will transform how we power our nation, create new jobs, preserve our environment and enhance our economic stability and national security. We need to work together in Congress to continue investing in and developing clean energy technologies to secure an economy built to last."