Utah 2001 Showcase Provides Energy Solutions
September 18, 2001
More than 400 participants benefited from expert advice and first-hand observation of energy solutions at the recent Utah 2001 Industry Showcase. The showcase, hosted by OIT and the state of Utah, was held August 27-30 at the Sheraton City Centre in Salt Lake City and industrial plants in the vicinity. A range of plant tours, presentations, panel discussions, and exhibits provided participants with solutions to the energy problems facing the aluminum, petroleum refining, metal casting, and mining industries in the West.
The showcase opened with plant tours highlighting industrial energy efficiency best practices and advanced technologies.
Plant tours were conducted by Alcoa, Spanish Fork, UT (aluminum); MagCorp, Rowley Junction, UT (mining); Kennecott, Bingham Canyon, UT (mining); Flying J, North Salt Lake City, UT (petroleum refining); Silver Eagle, Woods Cross, UT (petroleum refining); and Chevron, Salt Lake City, UT (petroleum refining).
During the opening ceremony, Utah's Governor Michael Leavitt and OIT Deputy Assistant Secretary Denise Swink signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing Utah as an official partner with DOE and OIT in the Industries of the Future Strategy.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, keynote luncheon speaker, addressed the importance of Utah's aluminum, metal casting, mining, and petroleum industries to the state and the nation. He also saluted OIT's efforts in hosting the showcase.
Utah Congressmen James Hansen, Chris Cannon, and James Matheson hosted a congressional field hearing at the showcase and heard from three expert panels about the energy crisis and efforts to ameliorate it.
In addition, the showcase offered breakout sessions that focused on technical issues and plant technologies, R&D, energy efficiency, best practices, and state initiatives. More than 40 exhibitors, including Alcoa, the Cast Metals Coalition, Utah Energy Office, and Dow Chemical Co., provided booths describing their advanced technologies and energy practices.
The Utah 2001 Showcase was cosponsored by DOE, the State of Utah, the University of Utah, Alcoa, Chevron, Flying J, Kennecott, Utah Copper, MagCorp, and Silver Eagle Inland Refining, Inc.