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Energy Conference LogoThe 2017 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference will be held on Oct 10, 2017.

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2016 Event Presenters:

JIM BURKHARD PHOTOJim Burkhard, Chief Researcher of Global Oil & Energy Markets, IHS Energy: Mr. Burkhard leads the IHS team that analyzes and assesses the global crude oil market and changes in the oil and gas industry’s competitive environment, including the development and delivery of the IHS global scenarios that cover macroeconomics, geopolitics and the energy and automotive industries. Mr. Burkhard serves as Vice-Chairman of IHS CERAWeek, a prestigious global energy conference and has expertise covers geopolitics, industry dynamics, and global oil demand and supply trends. His recent research has focused on how US oil supply will respond to lower oil prices and the changing dynamics of OPEC’s role in world oil markets. He is the lead author of the IHS World Oil Watch, which analyzes short- to medium-term oil market developments.

PHYLLIS CUTTINO PHOTOPhyllis Cuttino, Director of the Clean Energy Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts: Phyllis Cuttino directs Pew’s clean energy, flood-prepared communities, and national security, energy, and climate projects—initiatives intended to promote sustainable development, safe communities, and a strong economy. She joined Pew in 2007 as director of its campaign for fuel efficiency, which played a critical role in securing passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years. She went on to lead Pew’s work on accelerating clean energy progress in the United States. In 2015, Cuttino also assumed oversight of Pew’s policy initiative to prepare for and mitigate the effects of frequent or extreme natural disasters on American homes, businesses, communities, infrastructure, natural habitats, and the economy.

CLAIR MOELLER PHOTOClair Moeller, Executive VP of Transmission, MISO Energy: As an executive leader of the office of the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Moeller is responsible for MISO’s transmission planning functions and transmission services. He is a well-respected industry expert with more than 25 years of experience in the operation of power systems in the Upper Midwest. Mr. Moeller is skilled at identifying and implementing best practices in transmission planning and operations. His current focus is infrastructure planning in collaboration with the utilities that serve the 15 states and one Canadian province that comprise the MISO region. Under his guidance, transmission planners in the region have begun to explore transmission infrastructure value by utilizing techniques borrowed from generation and strategic planners in an effort to give policymakers context for the decisions they will face as the electric energy future unfolds.

PowerPoint Presentations:

The Future of ND’s Clean Energy Economy (by speaker Phyllis Cuttino of the Pew Charitable Trusts)

Planning for an Uncertain Future (by Clair Moeller of MISO Energy)

Towns Without Gas Services (by ND Senator Phil Murphy)

Morning Sessions Video


Afternoon Sessions Video

Event will be held at the Ramada Bismarck
1400 East Interchange Avenue
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.