Register now for the 2018 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference on Monday, October 8!
The 12th annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference will be held Monday, October 8, at Bismarck State College. This event explores diverse energy topics on the state, regional and national level.
Highlights for this year’s conference include a keynote presentation from U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette and a roundtable Q&A with guests U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer.
Registration for the 2018 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference is now open! The cost to attend the conference is just $75 through 4 pm on Thursday, October 4, by clicking the link below. Walk-in registrations the day of the event will start at 7:30 a.m., and the cost for walk-in registrations will be $100.
U.S. Senator John Hoeven
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Congressman Kevin Cramer
N.D. Governor Doug Burgum
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*Speakers and Times Subject to Change*
Monday, October 8, 2018
7:45 am • Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:05 am • Welcome from Dr. Larry C. Skogen, President, Bismarck State College
8:10 am • All of the Above: The Big Picture in State and National Energy Policy
United States Senator John Hoeven
United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp
United States Congressman Kevin Cramer
North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford
Moderator: Jason Bohrer, President and CEO, Lignite Energy Council
The energy industry is facing challenges, but North Dakota leads the way in demonstrating what is needed to create a strong, affordable, and diverse energy mix. Hear from the state’s leaders on what they see as a critical need in shaping the state’s energy future and get the chance to text in your questions during this live Q&A discussion.
9:30 am • Networking Break
9:50 am • Perspectives from U.S. Department of Energy
Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
Introduced by Josh DeMorrett, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Great Plains Business Unit, ConocoPhillips
Hear from a top official of the U.S. Department of Energy on what key drivers will be shaping national energy policy over the next few years.
10:10 am • Discussion on National Energy Policy
Led by Dave Thompson, Prairie Public
How has national energy policy influenced planning for energy expansion and development? What impacts will the reversal of the Clean Power Plan have on generation in North Dakota? Listen to a fireside chat with the Deputy Energy Secretary to continue this discussion.
10:45 am • Networking Break
11:00 am • Global Markets and Energy Economics
Dean Foreman, Ph.D., Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Introduced by Ron Day, Government & Public Affairs Manager, Andeavor
As US oil markets surge, what sort of future should North Dakota be prepared for in petroleum? Hear an analysis of API’s industry outlook and ask questions throughout this interactive session to learn how new technology innovations and the global energy market are impacting the state.
12:00pm • Lunch
1:00 pm • Growth and Development of Renewable Generation
John DiDonato, Vice President – Renewable Development, NextEra Energy Resources
State and federal policies are important drivers for growth in wind power and other sources of renewable generation. North Dakota has been called the Saudi Arabia of wind, with the capacity to produce more than one billion kilowatt hours of electrical energy. What factors influence demand for wind energy? Is the state poised to take advantage of growth in the renewable sector?
1:20 pm • All of the Above Generation Infrastructure
Stacey Dahl, Senior Manager of External Affairs and Communications, Minnkota Power Cooperative
Betsy Engelking, Vice President – Strategy, Geronimo Energy
Jean Schafer, Senior Legislative Representative, Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Moderator: Julie Fedorchak, Commissioner, N.D. Public Service Commission
Regional experts weigh in on the biggest impacts to their industry now and potentially in the future by answering specific generation questions: 1. How is national policy affecting your ability to provide baseload power? 2. What state policy would you like to see changed to address needs? 3. What does the marketplace look like for your industry over the next 20 years? And 4. What policy changes would have the biggest impact on your existing operations?
2:30 pm • Networking Break
2:45 pm • Unique Opportunities of the Energy Industry
Gary Zuroff, Public Works Director, City of Dickinson
Dan Inman, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Minnkota Power Cooperative
Ross Manson, Chief Innovation Officer, EideBailly
Moderator: Shawn Kessel, Deputy Commissioner, N.D. Department of Commerce
New technologies and innovations mean constant change in the energy industry. Which technologies or changes could most impact your utility? What are the biggest areas of opportunities in the future? Hear from a panel representing several of the biggest disruptors in traditional energy operations about what is on the horizon.
4:00 pm • Wrap-up
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum
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Sponsorships for the 2018 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference have now been closed.
Thank You to our 2018 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference Sponsors!
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.
For information on area hotels, click here.