Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance

The Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance (NEIA) is a collaboration of leading energy research, business, government, and finance entities. We believe a regional energy collaboration is unprecedented: Three national laboratories, seven universities, commercial trade associations, state governments, and commercialization organizations all seeking to build a world-class commercial and research ecosystem.

We have joined forces to more rapidly advance disruptive energy innovations to regional, national and international markets and maximize their commercial success. We will do so by cooperatively building an energy technology transition, validation and maturation pipeline that closes the gap between R&D prototypes and viable commercial products.

The NEIA intends to design and launch a regional innovation network and global energy innovation hub.

  • Create a unique, synergistic energy innovation ecosystem integrating capabilities and capacities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington;
  • Leverage and integrate existing energy business incubators, commercialization programs, and technology transfer programs and partnerships;
  • Identify and engage capital partners interested in benefiting from the global commercial opportunities enabled by the ecosystem – angels, venture capitalists, project financiers, strategic commercial partners, philanthropy, and industry;
  • Identify supporting initiatives required to successfully implement our vision;
  • Establish an identity and outreach strategy; and
  • Determine financing sources to support this endeavor over the long-term.

This is a unique endeavor to leverage and expand synergies between many of the nation’s leading energy research and commercialization organizations to the benefit of our collective regional economy via the generation of value in the global marketplace.

Organizations that have been represented with the NEIA include:

  • Alaska Center for Energy and Power
  • Center for Advanced Energy Studies
  • CleanTech Alliance
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Montana State University
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • State of Montana
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Washington
  • VertueLab
  • Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Washington State University

The NEIA Steering Committee includes:

  • Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., Director, Technology Deployment and Outreach, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • David Kenney, President & Executive Director, VertueLab
  • Leah Guzowski, Director, Industry Research and Development Directorate, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Craig Husa, CEO, Impact BioEnergy
  • J. Thomas Ranken, President & CEO, CleanTech Alliance
  • George Roe, Research Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Daniel T. Schwartz, Ph.D., Director & Boeing-Sutter Professor, Clean Energy Institute, University of Washington
  • Brian Young, Governor’s Clean Technology Industry Sector Lead, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Malin M. Young, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory