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Kansas Energy Conference

2016 Kansas Energy Conference
Sept. 13-14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
Wichita, Kansas

Registration Information
Registration is now available at $100 per person, or $60 for students, through September 6.  Please access the appropriate link below to register.


Hotel Rooms
A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport at a special conference rate for the nights of Sept. 12 and 13.
    DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
    2098 Airport Road
    Wichita, Kansas 67209
    (316) 945-5272
    Rate: $129/night
    Cut-off date: August 29, 2016 

Link to Reservation Site

General Session Speaker:

Martin Rosenberg 

He is editor-in-chief of The Energy Times, which circulates weekly to 65,000 executives and senior managers of utilities and energy companies, state and federal regulators and policymakers and energy sector experts.

Each year he organized two executive energy summits:

Empowering Customers & Cities – about the evolving energy and electricity business model for a renewable, efficient, more secure future [Chicago, November 2016]

The California Renewables Rush – about how California is modelling for the nation and world a pathway to a new green electric grid [San Francisco, April 2017]

He was editor-in-chief of EnergyBiz, a national publication covering the energy industry, from its launch under his direction in 2004 through 2014.  The magazine was recognized as the best publication covering the “energy/utilities/engineering” sectors in 2005-2008, 2010 and 2012. 

He has written extensively about energy, technology, finance and international business. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, Japan Times and other publications. He and previously was editor-in-chief of Utility Business, a monthly publication that won numerous journalism awards.

He was a business writer at the Kansas City Star from 1985-1998 and worked for newspapers in Oregon. He was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan, where he studied economics, and received a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States to study international energy and agricultural issues. He also was a John J. McCloy journalism fellow of the American Council on Germany.

He is a graduate of Reed College and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He and his wife, Matilda, reside in Kansas City and have three children.

Conference Agenda
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. Opening Welcome

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. General Session - Marty Rosenberg, Editor-In-Chief, The Energy Times

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Break - Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m. - Noon, Breakout Sessions # 1

  • Public Sustainability Programs, in this session we will look at what local, state and federal government entities are doing to help curb their utility costs and up the green factor thru wind, solar, wastewater and other renewable fuels.
    • Stan Rasmussen, US Army
    • Jeffrey Severin, University of Kansas
  • Wind representatives from commercial, agriculture consumer and transmission wind industry will present on current projects and environmental implications that are impacting the Kansas Wind industry.
    • Jason Kaplan, United Wind
    • Matthew Martin, Capital Power
    • Sarah Mathews, Husch Blackwell, LLP
    • Bruce Rew, Southwest Power Pool

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m., Breakout Sessions # 2

  • Everything New Under the Sun will focus on solar projects that are happening in and around the state of Kansas. 
    • Bill Wentz, Phd & Deepak Gupta, "Real World Experience with Solar PV"
  •  Go Green, Save Green will offer insight into several energy efficiency programs and services that help businesses and communities keep their operations as efficient as possible. 
    • Josh Campbell, Missouri Energy Initiative - PACE
    • David Carter, Kansas State Efficiency Studies & USDA REAP
    • Jonathon Goering, Knipp Energy Services
    • Earl Rudolph, CALMAC Corporation

3 - 3:45 p.m. Break - Exhibits Open

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. General Session

4:45 - 6 p.m. Reception - Exhibits Open

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
8 - 9:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast - Exhibits Open

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. General Session - Energy Listening Tour
Jeff McClanahan, Kansas Corporation Commission

10:30 - Noon, Breakout Sessions # 3

  • Now that great advances have been made in th production of renewable energy, where and how do we store the excess energy produced by successful generation?  During the Renewable Energy Storage session, we will look at several current technologies or models that are addressing this need. 
    • Rick Azer, Black & Veatch Smart Integrated Infrastructure Group
    • Jeffrey Plew, NextEra Energy Resources
  • While Oil & Gas production has been a mainstay of the Kansas economy for decades, today’s environmental concerns are driving new innovations within the industry.
    • John Carmody, Williams Gas
    • Rick Kreider, Kansas Department of Transportation
    • Dr. Kyle Murray, Oklahoma Geological Survey  

Noon, Conference Concludes

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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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