Agenda

Sunday, May 19

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Conference Registration Opens
11:00 am – 3:30pm Golf Scramble – Keystone River Course
- Sponsored by Tetra Tech
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Reception with Special Guest: Congressman Steve Daines (MT) and The Honorable Mary Bono Mack (CA)
Keystone Lodge Edgewater Cafe
- Sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels

Monday, May 20

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
7:30 am – 9:00 am Morning Coffee
- Sponsored by Northern Plains Power Technologies
8:40 am – 9:00 am Co-Chairman’s Welcome Statements: Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal (WY) and Randy Stratton, President, Ener4orum 
9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Keynote Address: Brandon Hurlbut, Chief of Staff, U.S. Dept. of Energy 
9:30 am – 10:40 am Government and Industry Leaders Panel: Regional Leaders Address Future Energy Developments and Policy in the West
Moderator: Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal — Wyoming
Speakers: Mark Lux, SVP, Black Hills Power Corp; Brandon Hurlbut, Chief of Staff, Dept. of Energy; Matt Lepore,Director, Colorado Oil & Gas Commission
- Western states government leaders give their thoughts about recent developments in the oil and gas sector and assess whether federal policies are helping or hurting states where energy production is vital.
10:40 am – 11:00 am Refreshments and Break – Sponsored by Canary USA
11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Convergence and Crossroads of the Auto Industry and Domestic Natural Gas
Moderator: Sherrie Merrow, NGV Director, Encana
Speakers: Robert Lilly, Chrysler; Adam Bedard, PA Consulting Group; Barbara Kirkmeyer, Commissioner, Weld County & NGV Working Group – The price of natural gas is changing the automotive landscape.
- Learn how this changes the dynamic for markets with expanding CNG transportation infrastructure.
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Is it Time to Rethink the Future of the Electric Power Sector?
Moderator: Andy Ehrlich, Principal FaegreBD Consulting, Leader of Energy & Environment Sector, Washington, D.C.
Speakers: Mike King, NERA Economic Consulting; Betsy Engelking,VP, Geronimo WindMichael Ropp, President, Northern Power; Susan Kennedy, Alston & Bird
- Learn how we could balance the objectives of satisfying the increasing demand for electricity in certain load centers providing reliability and reducing greenhouse gases.
- Where does distributed energy work and will the US be less vulnerable to energy security issues?
12:50 pm – 1:50pm Luncheon Keynote Address: Scott Moore, VP Marketing, Anadarko 

1:50 pm – 2:40 pm Understanding and Navigating Water Issues and Water Security including Regional Forecasts and How the EPA and States will be Regulating and Monitoring Water
Moderator: Jerd Smith, Editor, Northern Colorado Business Journal 
Speakers: Penfield Tate, Commissioner, Denver Water Board; Mark Pifher, Colorado Springs Utilities;  Tyler Bitner, WPX Energy;-  Recent rulings from EPA and several states have changed the business models for mining projects, shale exploration and power plants.-  What specifically do we need from various States and EPA to protect our natural resources while expanding our Western States energy objectives?-  What does the continuing drought and recently announced reductions in water allocation mean for communities, agriculture and the energy/mining sector?
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm Current and Future Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing in View of the Immense Benefits and Heavily Debated Risks of this Technique and its Components
Moderator: Andrew Wheeler, FaegreBD Consulting
Speakers: Dan Eberhart, CEO, Canary USA; Kathleen Sgamma, VP Public Affairs, Western Energy Alliance; Ed Hirs, President, Hillhouse ResourcesTopics to Include:- Overview of the current regulations by EPA and states related to hydraulic fracturing, shale gas exploration and land use.
- Analyses and evaluation of water usage and protection in energy production areas and containment.
- What are the limitations to regulatory rulemaking and could over-regulation shut down the industry?
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Refreshments Break – Sponsored by Alston & Bird, LLP
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm Pipelines and Transmission infrastructure are Critical to the West. How do we satisfy the competing interests? 

Moderator: Jack Sperber, Partner, Eminent Domain, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Denver
Speakers: Bill White, Senior VP – David Gardiner & Assoc; Chris Jones, Project Manager, DATC; Jocelyn Thompson, Alston & Bird
- How do major transmission and pipeline projects overcome public land obstacles and more competition for right-a-ways in the West?
- Will the recent permitting and court decisions give us a clearer pathway for new pipelines and transmissions in the West?
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm 

 

 

 

 

 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 

How M&A will soon change the energy landscape.
Moderator: Michael Bolton, Faegre Baker Daniels
Speakers: Ryan Hardy, PA Consulting Group; Gary Greenblatt,Managing Director, Marathon CapitalJolly Hayden, InfraREIT Capital; 
Topics to Include:
- Current M&A trends in the energy sector.
- Discussion about energy security with transnational energy acquisitions becoming more commonplace.
- Which departments of the federal government will have a say in these mergers and what does it mean to energy security?

Networking Reception – Sponsored by Americas Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)

 

Tuesday

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conference Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am Morning Coffee
Plenary Session
8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome Statement and Energy Policy Update
Congressman Cory Gardner, Colorado District 4
9:00 am – 9:50 am Is California Becoming an Energy Island or Part of the Western States Energy Solution?
Moderator: Former Rep. Mary Bono Mack, (Dist. 45 – CA)Faegre Baker Daniels
Speakers: Matt Burkhart, Vice President, Electric and Fuel Procurement at San Diego Gas and Electric; Stephen Keehn, Senior Policy Advisor, California ISO; Loyd Drain, Director, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority
- California’s mandate of 33% RPS was clear but can California really address the electricity demand given recent setbacks with nuclear plants?
- How can California benefit from and contribute to a Western States energy solution?
- What are California’s options and their pros and cons?
9:50 am – 10:40 am The Technologies Revolution: What new technologies are cost-effective and real for power producers, energy infrastructure and shale extraction methods?
Moderator: Bill Weimer, Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Group,Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis
Speakers: Bob Lilly, NGV Manager, Chrysler Corp.;Jennifer Miskimins,Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering Dept, Colorado School of Mines;
- What are the best new technologies to boost efficiency, capacity or reliability?
- Which technologies will take longer to develop but are worth the investment and federal support?
- Should the federal government continue the tradition of research labs and partnerships with US companies?
- Which technologies do we have in-hand that should be exploited?
10:40 am – 11:00 am Refreshments and Break – Sponsored by DATC
11:00 am – 11:50 am Finance of Projects — Transactional Opportunities and New Approaches that Will Help Secure Our Energy Future
Moderator: Robert Anderson, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, Leader of Clean Technology Industry Segment, Denver
Speakers: Rob Lindermanis, Principal, Macquarie Capital; Paul Hadley, Vice President, CoBank; Tyler Fauerbach, Managing Director, Borinda capital;
- The debt panel will address trends experienced by major banks and private equity regarding specific industries and projects.
- Specific areas in the energy sector will be discussed as likely pathways for banks to capture market share and returns.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Update from Washington, D.C.: Honorable Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah(via videoconferencing from Washington)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Summit Wrap-up and Expert Summary
Conference Closes
 

Media Sponsors

Participating Companies

American Electric Power

Anadarko

Chrysler

Credit Suisse

DATC (Duke American Transmission Company)

Continental Resources

Encana

Macquarie Capital

Marathon Capital

Northern Colorado Business Report

MDU Resources

FaegreBD Consulting

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch

Continental Resources

San Diego Gas & Electric

SolarReserve

Western Energy Alliance

California ISO

NREL-JISEA

Argus Media

Geronimo Wind

Breitling Energy

Black Hills Power Corp.

Alston & Bird LLP

WPX Energy

North Dakota Chamber of Commerce

Denver Water Board

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Canadian Consul

Colorado Energy News

Colorado Oil & Gas Commission

Colorado Energy Office

Juwi Wind

Northern Plains Power Technologies

EPA — District 9

Barree & Associates

Vista GeoScience

PA Consulting Group

Northern Colorado Business Report

Energy Acuity

TBD America

NERA Economic Consulting

Columbia Grid

David Gardner & Associates

Wyoming Infrastructure Authority

Weld County Energy Working Group

University of Colorado – Denver

Tetra Tech

Colorado State University

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