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Energy Conference LogoThe 2017 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference will be held on Oct 10, 2017, at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D. Click the “2017 Event” tab for agenda details.

Registration will open on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.


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2017 Event Presenters and Topics:

Bill Brown, CEO of Net Power

Bill Brown, CEO of NET Power, LLC: Bill Brown is working with Exelon and CB&I to commercialize a technology that will allow the world to meet its climate targets without having to pay more for electricity. Known as the Allam Cycle, the technology produces electricity from fossil fuels (including natural gas) at a cost comparable to existing technologies, while, at no additional cost, capturing all of the carbon dioxide and other atmospheric emissions. Mr. Brown is also the cofounder of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, the inventor of the Allam Cycle. Focusing on energy, telecom, water and space launch, 8 Rivers is creating the sustainable infrastructure of tomorrow. Mr. Brown is a graduate of MIT and Duke Law. He was a low partner at Sidley Austin and had an extensive career in financial services, holding leadership positions at Goldman Sachs & Co., AIG International, and Morgan Stanley. He was also a professor at Duke Law. Bill Brown will be discussing their 50-megawatt Allam Cycle demonstration plant, a first-of-a-kind, high efficiency power plant which captures all of its CO2.

Raymond Gifford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Raymond L. Gifford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP:  Raymond Gifford and Matthew Larson co-authored recent white papers entitled State Actions in Organized Markets, States Strive to ‘Fix’ Markets and Retain Base Load Generation, published in September 2016, as well as a follow-up report State Actions in Organized Markets, Continued Use of ‘Around Market’ Solutions to ‘Fix’ Markets and the Natural Gas Conundrum released in February 2017. Mr. Gifford counsels communications, electric and gas utilities, and information technology companies on state and federal aspects of regulation, administrative law, and competition policy. Mr. Gifford served as Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 1999-2003. Following that, he served as President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Matthew Larson, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Matthew S. Larson, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP: Matthew Larson, in addition to co-authoring the aforementioned white papers, joined WBK after four years in private practice and counsels utilities on state and federal aspects of regulation and administrative law. Mr. Larson has worked on matters before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission relating to transmission and renewable energy infrastructure. This includes dockets involving transmission infrastructure, renewable energy credit trading, and resource planning activities of utilities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Larson practiced with a Colorado-based law firm in its Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group.

Raymond Gifford and Matthew Larson will be sharing their research on trends they see across the nation related to markets, generation, and state actions.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer: Returning this year to the agenda is the Q&A Roundtable Discussion with North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer. Moderated by Lignite Energy Council President and CEO Jason Bohrer, the roundtable will feature remarks regarding the big picture in state and national energy policy, and a live Q&A session with audience members.

Drone Innovations and Impacts to the Energy Industry: Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology is making a significant impact in the energy industry, utilized for inspecting damage, preventative maintenance, and safety surveillance. Speakers, to be announced soon, will discuss how drone technology, data and research are impacting the industry, and how regulations are adapting to a rapidly increasing sector.

More speakers will be announced at a later date as agenda details become final.

Event will be held at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College
1200 Schafer Street
Bismarck, ND 58501


There are many hotels to choose from in the Bismarck-Mandan Area. A group rate is offered at Expressway Inn and Suites in Bismarck.