State leaders will address lawmakers today in an effort to map out Utah's energy future.

Among the prominent items on the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee agenda is the development of energy technologies. Leading the effort is the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative, a long-term, state-funded investment created in March 2006 to strengthen Utah's "knowledge economy."

Among the technologies under review are biofuels, carbon sequestration and validation testing that could improve the accuracy of oil well drilling, according to USTAR spokesman Michael O'Malley.

"We are really looking at a portfolio approach," said O'Malley. "We need to develop capabilities in fossil fuels and in alternative energy."

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has been a vocal supporter of local energy development, particularly alternative sources.

O'Malley said studies indicate that the state will need all the sources it can develop in order to meet the growing demand for energy in the near and foreseeable future.


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