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Kansas Energy Conference
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Sept. 22-23, 2015
Capitol Plaza Hotel
Topeka, KS

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m Welcome by Governor Sam Brownback
8:45 - 9:45 a.m General Session
Todd Foley, Senior Vice President of Strategy Policy & Government Relations, ACORE
9:45 a.m.  Break - Exhibits Open 
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakout Session #1

Moderator - Scott White, Cromwell Solar
-Daniel Barwick, President, Independence Community College
-Jeff Hill, Vice President, Mid America Bank
-Jim Mason, Director, Great Plains Nature Center

Oil & Gas
Moderator - John Crossley, Husch Blackwell
-Ed Cross, President, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
-Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Society
-Blake Barfield, Director of Government Relations, HollyFrontier

Efficiency - Consumers
Moderator - Katie Hanson, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
-Patrick Parke, Vice President Customer Service, Midwest Energy
-Brian Dreiling, Manager of Energy Services, Midwest Energy
-Tara Jo Brown, Store Director, Hy-Vee
-Gary Hogsett, Senior Energy Management Specialist, Mid-American Manufacturing Technology
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - Exhibits Open
1:30 - 3 p.m.  Breakout Session #2

Energy Economic Impact
Moderator - Robert Healy, Burns & McDonnell
- Dr. Bob Glass, Chief Economic and Rates Section, Kansas Corporation Commission
- Tom Graves, Burns & McDonnell

Moderator - Dennis Brown, Kansas Gas Service
- Tristan Adler, Chief Financial Officer, Sparq Natural Gas, LLC
- Chuck Caisley, Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs, KCP&L
- Kelly Gilibert, Director of Transportation & Training, Metropolitan Energy Center
- Rick Kreider, Bureau Chief of Research, Kansas Department of Transportation

Wind - Kansas Wind Projects
Moderator - Michael Wegner, Engineer, ITC Great Plains
- Don Ford, Director Renewable Business Solutions, Westar Energy
- Kelly Meyer, Vice President of Development, Invenergy, LLC
- Vanessa Tutos, Director Government Affairs - Central Region, EDP Renewables

3 - 3:45 p.m.  Break - Exhibits Open
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. General Session
Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager for Renewable Energy,
General Motors

4:45 - 6:30 p.m.            Reception - Exhibits Open


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

8 - 9:30 a.m.            Registration

8:30 - 12 p.m.  Continental Breakfast - Exhibits Open 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m  General Session - Energy Listening Tour
Moderator - Alan Anderson, Polsinelli PC
- Tim Keck, Deputy Chief Counsel, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Pat Apple, Commissioner, Kansas Corporation Commission
- Tyler York, Senator Jerry Moran's Office

10:30 a.m - 12 p.m  Breakout Session #3

Efficiency - Business Case Studies
Moderator - Gary Hogsett, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center
- Brian Georgie, Jakobe Furniture

- Ed Honesty, President, Best Harvest Bakeries
- James Pfieffer, Associate Principal, BNIM

Wind - Vision for the Future
Moderator - John O'Connor, Olsson Associates
- Steven Goble, Service Sales Manager, USA, KK Wind Solutions U.S. Inc.
- Gus Shaar, Plant Manager, Siemens Wind Power
-Kimberly Svaty, Gencur Svaty Public Affairs

Agriculture - Focus on Water
Moderator - Lynne Hinrichsen, Kansas Department of Agriculture
- Mark Eitel, Manager, Eitel Farms
- Jesse McCurry, United Sorghum Checkoff Program
- Tracy Streeter, Director, Kansas Water Office

Attendee Registration
Registration for the 2015 Energy Conference has closed.

Hotel Rooms
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Capitol Plaza Hotel at a special conference rate for the nights of Sept. 21 and 22.
    Capitol Plaza Hotel
    1717 SW Topeka Blvd.
    Topeka, KS 66612
    (800) 579-7937

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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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