PST Names Energy Advocate Award Winners

Idaho Falls, ID. - The Partnership for Science and Technology (PST) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2009 Energy Advocate Awards. The awards are presented to individuals or organizations that were central to a noteworthy achievement in an energy or environmental field that is of interest to PST and its membership.

This year’s winners will be honored at the Annual Awards Banquet on December 19, 2009 at the Red Lion in Idaho Falls. The banquet is open to the public. For ticket information contact the PST at (208) 313-4166 or visit the web site at

2009 PST Energy Advocate Award Winners

National Award: U.S. Senate Western Caucus, Senator Mike Crapo accepting. The U.S. Senate Western Caucus was selected based on the introduction of the Clean, Affordable. Reliable Energy Act of 2009, which will promote the development and deployment of clean energy systems including renewable, nuclear and other forms of energy. Members of the U.S. Senate Western Caucus include; Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho, John Barrasso (Caucus Chairman) and Michael Enzi of Wyoming, Robert Bennett and Orrin Hatch of Utah, John Ensign of Nevada, John Kyl of Arizona, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Pat Roberts of Kansas and David Vitter of Louisiana.

Regional Award: Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Governor Schweitzer has been a tireless and effective advocate for sound national energy policy and for the clean development of the West’s abundant energy resources. He has worked effectively to promote clean energy investment in Montana, and his hard work has paid off for the people of Montana in the form of new wind farms, transmission lines, and the promise of a wind turbine manufacturing facility and a carbon-sequestering liquid fuels plant. As the Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association, he has promoted the formation of a Canada-U.S. energy corridor to increase cooperation across state and national borders, and he has pledged to keep energy and climate change as top priorities for the association over the next year.

Local Award: Idaho Building & Construction trades Council, Rod Fuger IBCTC President accepting. The Idaho Building & Construction Trades Council was selected for the award based on its long history of supporting projects at the Idaho National Laboratory and other energy related initiatives in the region. Over the past 30 years, members of the Council’s union locals have proven to be effective citizen advocates through their attendance and testimony at public hearings in favor of projects that are in the public interest. 

IBCTC members also have a long history of keeping a focus on working safety through constant training, communication, and commitment.  This proactive approach to make safety a top priority and fundamental value for all workers has led to a safety culture that is second to none in the industry.

Nuclear Energy Advocate Award: Dr. J. Stephen Herring, INL Fellow. Dr Herring was selected based on his noteworthy achievements in nuclear energy which include advancements at the Idaho National Laboratory on the science and engineering of the production of hydrogen from nuclear energy. Dr. Herring is responsible for breakthroughs in High Temperature Electrolytic production of hydrogen using the heat and electricity from advanced nuclear reactors. The development and commercialization of this technology could have a long-term and significant impact on future clean energy production in the world and the revitalization of the nuclear industry in the United States.

Energy Education Advocate Award: Dr. Harold Blackman, Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Dr. Blackman was selected based on his tireless work to cement the CAES partnership, to build competitive energy research programs, to attract bright graduate students and outstanding faculty to Idaho’s universities, and to reach across Idaho to promote an informed energy policy dialogue.

Posted on December 8, 2009 .