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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.

Speaker Presentations

Click here to view speaker presentations from this year's conference. The presentations will be available through Oct. 31, 2014.

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 - 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
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.
   ~ 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
The Transportation session will provide examples of renewable energy used or offered across Kansas. Information will also be presented on alternative fuels legislative policy.
   ~ 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
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.
   ~ 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
Panelists from utility companies will give an update on their wind generation and transmission capacity to out of state purchasers.
   ~ 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
This session focuses on businesses or organizations that manufacture or serve the smaller scale commercial and community consumers.   
   ~ 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
The panelists for this session represent a variety of alternative fuels used for energy generation currently in use or produced in Kansas.  
   ~ 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
The audience will be provided with examples of the integration of natural gas and renewable energy to produce a more efficient energy source.            
   ~ 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               
Panelists will present current uses and models of solar use in their daily business operations.
   ~ 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
The Smart Energy session will provide various examples of smart energy equipment or tools to help consumers address their energy efficiency needs. 
   ~ 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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For more information about the Kansas Energy Conference, contact Susan NeuPoth Cadoret at  or (785) 296-7198.

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