Energy

Jefferson County is home to a balanced energy economy supporting a vast portfolio of traditional and renewable energy companies.

Powering our Future

  • Jefferson County is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the cleantech industry. With its strong industry base, companies specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are helping Jefferson County remain on the forefront of new energy development for the nation.
  • Colorado’s robust combination of fossil-fuel basins, coal, crude oil and natural gas make it one of the most energy rich regions in the country. While the majority of the drilling is concentrated along the state’s western slope, many companies that support the fossil fuel industry are located in Jefferson County.

Local
Industry
Snapshot

Average Industry Wages
for Metro Denver

Cleantech

$79,690

Fossil Fuel

$111,880

Did You Know

  • 28% of metro Denver cleantech companies are in Jefferson County.
  • Jefferson County houses 36% of energy research employment in metro Denver, the strongest concentration in the region.
  • Colorado’s fossil fuel industry accounts for 11% of the state’s GDP.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Located in Jefferson County is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficient research and development. The lab focuses on advancing technologies from concept to the commercial marketplace through industry partnerships. NREL has a 327-acre state-of-the-art campus with sustainable research buildings to foster innovation.

National Renewable Energy Lab

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines

Jefferson County is home to the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), the only university in the nation to offer baccalaureate through doctorate degrees in all key energy fields. In addition, Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federally funded science and research centers in the nation with 30 federal laboratories and research institutions, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Jeffco’s Energy Industry Cross Section

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