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Kansas Energy Conference

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Kansas Energy Conference. Stay tuned for details later this year regarding the 2015 conference.

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

2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors
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2014 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 16   
7:30 a.m. Registration opens - Exhibition Hall at Kansas Expocentre
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             
   ~ Moderator: Kimberly Svaty, Gencur Svaty Public Affairs            
   ~ Alan Anderson, Vice Chair of Energy Practice Group, Polsinelli PC
   ~ Brice Barton, Development Manager, TradeWind Energy, Inc.
   ~ David Schulte, CFA, Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC
   ~ Moderator: Bill Roush, Black & Veatch            
   ~ Joe Goodwin, Director of Transportation, Seaboard Foods
   ~ Greg Krissek, CEO, Kansas Corn Commission
   ~ Bradley W. Lane, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
   ~ Moderator: Rachel Myslivy, Climate and Energy Project          
   ~ Patty Clark, State Director, USDA Rural Development
   ~ Gail Fuller, Farmer, Fuller Family Farms
   ~ 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             
   ~ Moderator: John Crossley, Husch Blackwell            
   ~ Tom DeBaun, Senior Energy Engineer, Kansas Corporation 
   ~ Alan Myers, Director, Regional Planning, ITC Holdings Corp.
   ~ Mark Schreiber, VP Government Affairs, Westar Energy
  Wind - Community Renewable               
   ~ Moderator: Randi Tveitaraas Jack, Kansas Department of
   ~ 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               
   ~ Moderator: Lynne Hinrichsen, Kansas Department of Agriculture            
   ~ 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               
   ~ Moderator: Steve Kelly, Kansas Department of Commerce
   ~ Annie Kuether, State Representative
   ~ Jim Ploger, National Association of State Energy Officials
   ~ 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                        
   ~ Moderator: Jim Hoecker, Husch Blackwell            
   ~ 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               
   ~ Moderator: Patrick Parke, Midwest Energy, Inc.            
   ~ 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
   ~ Michael Schumann, Vice President, Good Energy Solutions, Inc.
  Smart Energy            
   ~ Moderator: Terry Steuber, Kansas Corporation Commission            
   ~ Warren Adams-Leavitt, Executive Director, Metropolitan Energy Center
   ~ Patty Durand, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
   ~ Bryan Rocky, Director, Residential Product Management, Johnson
      Controls Inc.            
12 p.m. Conference concludes

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