Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple Unveil Agenda for 2011 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo

Energy Policy Conference Brings National Leaders to Bismarck Next Week

Bismarck —  Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today unveiled the agenda for the 2011 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo, a two-day energy conference they are hosting on November 14- 15, 2011, at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence. 

"North Dakota has the potential to be the powerhouse for the nation. We are gathering the nation's leading energy experts together to explore innovative ideas and help unlock that potential," the North Dakota leaders said in a joint statement. 

Conference highlights include: 

Monday, November 14, 2011

8:15 am            Opening Remarks

                                                Governor Dalrymple

                                    Senator Hoeven

                                    Senator Conrad


9:15 am                        Keynote Address

                        Dr. Steven Koonin, Undersecretary of Science, U.S. Department of Energy


10:15 am          Media Availability

                        Senators Hoeven and Conrad and Governor Dalrymple will be joined by Dr. Koonin for a brief media availability and will answer questions from members of the press.

                                    Location: Room 335, BSC's National Energy Center of Excellence.  


10:30 am           Drilling Into Hydraulic Fracturing

                                Representatives from industry, regulation and conservation will examine current policy, trends and ideas regarding hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken region.

                                                Muthukumarappan Ramurthy, Halliburton

                                                Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting

                                                Tom Richmond, Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation


1:15 pm            Keynote Address

                                Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada Oil & Gas Division


2:45 pm            Energizing Your Workforce

                                Panelists will discuss various aspects of workforce need and recruitment, along with specific strategies and tools to develop and attract the right workers.

                                                Admiral Jeff Fowler, Strayer University

                                                Michael Ziesch , Job Service of North Dakota

                                                Jan Morrison, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM

                                                Mayor Melissa Blake, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada


4:00 pm            Financing the Future 

                        The panel will look at the issues related to financing long-lived and capital intensive energy assets, especially in light of the more restrictive capital markets and a tightening federal budget.

                                                Todd E. Telesz, CoBank

                                                Todd Foley, US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

8:45 am            Keynote Address
                                Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund


10:15 am           Breaking the Gridlock on National Energy Policy

                        This session brings together recognized leaders from both sides of the political

                                spectrum to discuss their ideas for a path forward on national energy policy.

                                                Gene Trisko, Attorney at Law

                                                Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund


Again, the 2011 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo will be on November 14-15, 2011, at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence.   

Visit http://info.bismarckstate.edu/gpeefor additional information and a complete agenda. 

Same day registration begins at 7:30 am on Monday, November 14.