Unconventional Energy Center

The Unconventional Energy Center was established in response to a community driven process which identified the need to establish Mesa County as an epicenter of energy innovation. After receiving a $1.6 million grant from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District in 2011, Colorado Mesa University matched the grant 100% and established this Center within the Redifer Institute. The primary focus of the Center is using proceeds from its endowment to focus on applied undergraduate research projects that help unconventional energy development practitioners with regulatory predictability, reducing operating costs, increasing the effectiveness of extraction and reducing impacts on the environment. In addition to applied research, the Center focuses on curriculum enhancement within the existing academic programs and workforce development measures aimed at growing the pipeline of well prepared students within targeted disciplines at Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College. This multi-faceted approach builds upon past successes and positions our community as a regional hub of unconventional energy development.

Economic Contribution of the Oil and Gas Industry in the Piceance Basin

Colorado Mesa University Professor of Economics Nathan Perry, PhD released a two-part study that analyzes relationship between rigs, natural gas prices and employment in the Piceance Basin and in the second part creates an economic impact model designed to measure the regional contribution of the oil and gas industry.

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Contact Information

Please submit all inquiries related to the Unconventional Energy Center to energy@coloradomesa.edu