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Anyone who has an interest in Montana's energy future will find something of interest here. This forum examines the issue from all angles and perspectives. From biofuels to coal, from wind to natural gas, and from supply and distribution to use and conservation – there's a diversity of opinion, so join us in the discussion. Click on the document below to download the latest version of the agenda. Because we're still lining up speakers, it's possible that some of the sessions may change between now and the forum, so check back often to see our exciting lineup.

Montana’s Energy Future: Developing a Sustainable Energy Industry - Contributing to the Local, Regional and National Economy

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Friday, January 7

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.                              Registration

10:00 – 10:30                                      Welcoming Remarks

Ralph Johnson, Director, The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy

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10:30 – 11:30                                      Keynote Speaker

Governor Brian Schweitzer

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11:30 – 1:00 p.m.                              Luncheon Presentation:  “The Sustainable Utility Future”

Dr. Peter Fox-Penner, Principal, The Brattle Group, author of Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities

1:00 – 2:30                                           The Montana Utility Perspective

 Utility leaders share their views of how the concept of the “sustainable utility future” applies to their customers/shareholders/members.

 Moderator:  Dr. Peter Fox-Penner

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Panelists:

Kevin Degenstein, President, Gas Natural Inc. (Energy West)

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Bill Drummond, General Manager, Western Montana G&T

Dave Goodin, CEO, Montana Dakota Utilities, Co. 

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Bob Rowe, President and CEO, NorthWestern Energy

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2:30 – 2:45                                           Break

2:45 – 4:00                                           Montana’s Energy Policy

Montana’s Energy Policy has long been the subject for discussion and will be a major issue for the 2011 Legislature.  This panel will explore opinions about what the state’s energy policy should include. 

Moderator:  Greg Jergeson, Ret. Chairman, the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC)

Panelists:

                Senator Alan Olson, Chair, Energy Committee

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                Senator Ron Erickson, Ranking Member, EnSenator Ron Erickson, Ranking Member, Energy Committee

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                Representative Harry Klock, Chair, Federal Relations Energy and Telecommunications Committee (FRET)

                Representative Robyn Driscoll, Ranking Member, FRET

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4:00 – 5:15                                           Energy Infrastructure 2.0

Portions of Montana’s major energy infrastructure is operating near capacity, or otherwise requiring significant investment, which may mean new electric distribution or transmission lines, substations and oil/gas pipelines are necessary in order for new development to continue./span>This session will discuss the different viewpoints and opinions surrounding new infrastructure development.

Moderator: Gerald Mueller, Consensus Associates

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Panelists:

                Steve Wright, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

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                Bob Anderson, Western Grid Group

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                Brett Doney, Great Falls Development Authority

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                Chris Christiaens, Montana Farmers Union

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5:30 – 6:30                                           Networking/Socializing, Campus Center, Carroll College                            

6:30 – 8:30                                           Dinner Presentation: Driving Innovation through Public/Private Partnerships”

Montana and its sister states/provinces in the Rocky Mountain west are home to enormous energy resources.  This lively discussion will feature a regional perspective along with a Q and A session that underscores our state’s current and future role in the “bigger picture”.  

 

Dr. J. W. (Bill) Rogers Jr., Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory

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Steve Wright, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

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Saturday, January 88

7:00 a.m.                                              Registration Opens

7:00-8:30                                              Breakfast presentation:  “Role of the Customer in Energy Efficiency and Conservation”

                                                                Dr. Lisa Wood, Executive Director, The Edison Foundation

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8:30 – 9:30                                           Advancements and Strides in Energy Conservation and Efficiency          

Panelists representing building industry, weatherization, utilities and other discuss progress to reach attainable goals over the past two years and what more can be done.

Moderator/Panelist:  Bill Thomas, Manager Regulatory Support Services, NorthWestern Energy

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Panelists:

Tracy Yount, Battelle Deputy Project Director, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project

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Dr. Claire Fulenwider, Executive Director, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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Dale Horton, Sustainable Energy Program Manager, National Center for Appropriate Technology

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9:30 – 9:45                                          Break

9:45 – 10:45                                        Energy and the Montana Economy: Past and Future

The engine of our economy runs on two things – money and energy..  Both fuel economic activity.  Our economic security depends on having well-balanced, efficient, and secure systems for energy production, distribution, and use.  Swanson discusses the make-up of the state’s economy, its energy dimensions, and explores how energy and the economy inter-relate in Montana.

Dr. Larry Swanson, Director, O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, University of Montana

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10:45 – 11:45                                      Challenges of a carbon-constrained environment and the impact on energy supply production.

Reducing carbon in our energy supply requires difficult decisions in a complicated environment and most approaches involve trade-offs.   For example, in power production incorporating increasing amounts of renewables can represent significant challenges in grid management because fossil fuels provide the base load that ensures grid stability.  Switching to less carbon intensive fossil fuels can provide some carbon reductions but may increase fuel price volatility and may not meet required future constraints.  This panel will discuss approaches to meeting these challenges from several different perspectives.

                                                                Presenters: 

Lee Spangler, Director, Montana State University’s Energy Research Institute

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Mike Hagood, Energy Business Lead, Idaho National Labs

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12:00 – 1:30 p.m..                              Luncheon Speaker

US Senator Jon Tester, D – Mont.

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1:30 – 2:00                                           Open Mic – Thoughts from the floorr

2:00                                                        Closing remarks – Charge for the Future

 

 

 

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