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News Release: Jefferson County honors NREL with Genesis Award

March 7, 2003

Golden, CO. — The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has received the Jefferson Economic Council's (JEC) Genesis Award for the Lab's contribution to the economic vitality of Jefferson County and its citizens.

The annual award is given on behalf of Jefferson County in recognition of outstanding economic development that has significantly added to the long-term vitality of the county.

NREL was praised for its longevity in the community and the employment and capital investment the Lab has contributed to Jefferson County over the years.

NREL is the nation's premier laboratory for renewable energy research and development and a lead lab for energy efficiency research and development. Since its inception, NREL's research has won 34 R&D 100 awards — the most per staff member of any Department of Energy laboratory. In 2002, NREL celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The Genesis Award was presented to NREL at the annual Jefferson County Industry Appreciation Awards Breakfast on March 6 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.

—Sarah Barba