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Kansas Energy Conference

Kansas Energy Conference
Sept. 16-17, 2014
Kansas Expocentre and Capitol Plaza Hotel
Topeka, Kansas

Registration is now open. Early bird registration is $75/person and runs through Aug. 22. After that the standard registration rate is $100/person and closes Sept. 10. Please use one of the links below to register today. 

     Online Registration
     Mail/Fax Registration

Sponsors and Exhibitors
Click here to view the list of 2014 sponsors and exhibitors.

Conference Schedule  

Tuesday, Sept. 16   
7:30 a.m. Registration opens
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Strategies for State Leadership in New Energy Economy: What Does it Take to be a Leader in New Energy Economy?
Bill Ritter Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Break - Exhibits Open
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakout Session #1
  Wind - Commercial
This session will provide an update on the commercial wind industry in Kansas with a focus on businesses or organizations that manufacture or serve commercial consumers including larger utility companies. Presenters will offer perspectives from wind farm developers, commercial purchasers and a broader perspective on the economic impact of the commercial wind industry in Kansas.
   ~ Alan Anderson, Vice Chair of Energy Practice Group, Polsinelli PC
   ~ Brice Barton, Development Manager, TradeWind Energy, Inc.
   ~ Jeremy Goff, Vice President New Ventures, Tortoise Capital Advisors
   ~ Representative, Southern Company
The Transportation session will provide examples of renewable energy used or offered across Kansas. Information will also be presented on alternative fuels legislative policy.
   ~ Joe Goodwin, Director of Transportation, Seaboard Foods
   ~ Greg Krissek, CEO, Kansas Corn Commission
   ~ Bradley W. Lane, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
The focus of this panel is renewable energy programs offered to Kansas farmers and the relating energy and water resources impact on the future of agriculture.
   ~ Patty Clark, State Director, USDA Rural Development
   ~ Gail Fuller, Farmer, Fuller Family Farms
   ~ Rachel Myslivy, Program Director, Climate and Energy Project
   ~ Candy Thomas, State Agronomist, USDA-NRCS
   ~ Brownie Wilson, GIS/Support Services Manager, Kansas Geological
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - Exhibits Open
1:30 - 3 p.m. Breakout Session #2
  Wind - Transmission
Panelists from utility companies will give an update on their wind generation and transmission capacity to out of state purchasers.
   ~ Tom DeBaun, Senior Energy Engineer, Kansas Corporation 
   ~ Jim Hoecker, Energy Strategist, Husch Blackwell
   ~ Alan Myers, Director, Regional Planning, ITC Holdings Corp.
   ~ Mark Schreiber, VP Government Affairs, Westar Energy
  Wind - Community Renewable
This session focuses on businesses or organizations that manufacture or serve the smaller scale commercial and community consumers.   
   ~ Katie Constant and Mary Pat Whittaker, Jayhawk Windustries (KU
      Collegiate Wind Competition Team) 
   ~ Matt Lehrman, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
   ~ Brent Orr, Owner, Cornerstone Energy Development
  Alternative Fuels
The panelists for this session represent a variety of alternative fuels used for energy generation currently in use or produced in Kansas.  
   ~ Jay Martin, Senior Product Manager, Cornerstone Environmental
   ~ Christopher Standlee, Executive Vice President, Abengoa Bioenergy
   ~ Matt Tomich, Vice President, Energy Vision           
3 - 3:45 p.m. Break - Exhibits Open
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Energy and Sustainability from a Policy Perspective
   ~ Representative Annie Kuether
   ~ Tyler York, Office of Senator Jerry Moran
   ~ Edward Cross, President, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
4:45 - 7 p.m. Reception - Exhibits Open
Wednesday, Sept. 17  
8 - 9:30 a.m. Registration open
8 - 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Exhibits Open
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Green Business Perspective: Igniting Supplier Sustainability Efforts and Impacting the Bottom Line
Amy Hargroves, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustaintability, Sprint
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakout Session #3
  Integration of Natural Gas & Renewable Energy
The audience will be provided with examples of the integration of natural gas and renewable energy to produce a more efficient energy source.            
   ~ Dr. Bob Glass, Chief, Economic and Rates Section, Kansas Corporation
   ~ Kyle Nelson, Sr. Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Sunflower
      Electric Power Corporation
   ~ Susan Williams Sloan, Vice President, State Policy, American Wind
      Energy Association               
Panelists will present current uses and models of solar use in their daily business operations.
   ~ Bill Dorsett, Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency
   ~ Don Ford, Director, Renewable Business Solutions, Customer 
      Programs, Westar Energy
   ~ Kevin Good, President, Good Energy Solutions, Inc.
   ~ Jim Hartman, VP of Strategic Development, Clean Energy Collective
   ~ Patrick Parke, VP Customer Service, Midwest Energy, Inc.
   ~ Michael Schumann, Vice President, Good Energy Solutions, Inc.
  Smart Energy
The Smart Energy session will provide various examples of smart energy equipment or tools to help consumers address their energy efficiency needs. 
   ~ Warren Adams-Leavitt, Executive Director, Metropolitan Energy Center
   ~ Jedidiah Bentz, Manager, UPG Wichita Controls & Automation, 
      Johnson Controls Inc.
   ~ Patty Durand, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
   ~ Bryan Rocky, Director, Residential Product Management, Johnson
      Controls Inc.            
12 p.m. Conference concludes

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Capitol Plaza Hotel at a conference rate of $85/night for the nights of Sept. 15 and 16. The cut-off date to reserve a room is Aug. 25.

     Capitol Plaza Hotel
     1717 SW Topeka Blvd.
     Topeka, KS 66612
     1-800-579-7937 (reference group code KSDC)

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For more information about the Kansas Energy Conference, contact Susan NeuPoth Cadoret at  or (785) 296-7198.

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