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Kansas Energy Conference

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

Registration will open July 28, 2014. Check back for more details.

Sponsorships and Exhibits
We are currently accepting sponsorship/exhibit applications for the 2014 conference. Several sponsorship levels are available. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Friday, July 25, 2014. Please contact Susan NeuPoth Cadoret at or Krista Mellen at with questions.

      • Sponsorship Levels Available
      • Sponsorship Application
      • Electrical Hook-up Request Form

Conference Schedule  

Tuesday, Sept. 16   
7 a.m. Registration opens
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. General Session
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, Polsinelli
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
   ~ Bradley W. Lane, PhD, School of Public Affairs and Administration,
      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
  ~ Candy Thomas, State Agronomist, USDA-NRCS
  ~ Gail Fuller, Farmer, Fuller Family Farms             
  ~ 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.
  ~ Moderator: Jim Hoecker, Husch Blackwell            
  ~ 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.
  ~ Brent Orr, Cornerstone Energy Development
  ~ Katie Constant and Mary Pat Whittaker, KU Collegiate Wind Competition
  Alternative Fuels
The panelists for this session represent a variety of alternative fuels used for energy generation currently in use or produced in Kansas.
   ~ Matt Tomich, Vice President, Energy Vision
3 - 3:45 p.m. Break - Exhibits Open
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. General Session
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. General Session
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.
   ~ 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.
   ~ Patrick Parke, VP Customer Service, Midwest Energy, Inc.
   ~ Jim Hartman, VP of Strategic Development, Clean Energy Collective
   ~ Don Ford, Director, Renewable Business Solutions, Customer
      Programs, Westar Energy
   ~ Bill Dorsett, Flint Hills Efficiency Cooperative
  Smart Energy
The Smart Energy session will provide various examples of smart energy equipment or tools to help consumers address their energy efficiency needs.
   ~ Patty Durand, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
   ~ Warren Adams-Leavitt, Executive Director, Metropolitan Energy Center
   ~ Bryan Rocky, Director, Residential Product Management, Johnson
      Controls Inc.
   ~ Jedidiah Bentz, Manager, UPG Wichita Controls & Automation,
      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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