Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple Unveil Agenda for 2012 Great Plains & Empower ND Energy Expo

Energy Policy Conference Brings National Leaders to Bismarck, Media Availability at 10 a.m.

BISMARCK, N.D.  – Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announce the agenda for the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo. The day-long, premier energy conference will be held November 19, 2012, at Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence. The two Senators and Governor, in addition to Bismarck State College, KLJ, the Great Plains Energy Corridor and the North Dakota Department of Commerce will jointly host the conference.

“As the second largest oil and gas producing state in the country, and a major producer of coal-generated electricity and renewable energy, including wind and biofuels, North Dakota has emerged as a powerhouse of energy production for the nation,” the senators and governor said. “The exposition we’ve planned brings together some of the leading energy experts not only in our country but also the world to explore energy infrastructure, regulations and how to add value to our state’s tremendous energy resources.”

The agenda includes keynotes from top executives, including Torstein Hole, senior vice president of U.S. Onshore Development for Statoil and James Suciu, president of global sales and marketing for GE Energy. 

Other conference highlights include (times are subject to change): 

Morning Session

8:15 am            Welcome

Dr. Larry Skogen, President, Bismarck State College

Senator Conrad

Senator Hoeven

Governor Dalrymple


9 am                Keynote Address

Torstein Hole, Sr. Vice President, U.S. Onshore Development and Production North America, Statoil 

In 2011, Statoil produced 1.85 million barrels of oil equivalents per day. The company seeks to grow production to 2.5 million barrels per day by 2020 and at the same time aims to operate with zero harm to people, society and the environment. Mr. Hole will share Statoil’s views on opportunities in North Dakota in relation to the other 41 countries in which they operate, and discuss Statoil’s work to meet the world’s growing need for energy while minimizing emissions and the overall environmental footprint.  

10 am             Media Availability

Sens. Hoeven and Conrad and Gov. Dalrymple will be joined by Mr. Hole

Energy Generation Conference Room, National Energy Center of Excellence                      

10 am               Infrastructure: Charting North Dakota’s future

Moderator, Al Anderson – Commissioner, N.D. Department of Commerce

Mike Anderson – Executive Director, N.D. Housing Finance Agency

Justin Kringstad – Director, N.D. Pipeline Authority

Francis Ziegler – Director, N.D. Department of Transportation

Sandi Tabor – Director, N.D. Transmission Authority 

Afternoon Session 

12:30 pm          Greeting

 Congressman Rick Berg


12:35 pm          Keynote Address

James Suciu, President, Global Sales and Marketing, GE Energy

Jim is responsible for developing the commercial strategies and growth plans across GE Energy’s portfolio of businesses, in more than 100 countries around the world. 

1:30 pm            Value-added: Capitalizing on abundant resources

Moderator, Niles Hushka – CEO, KLJ

Dan Mack – Vice President of Transportation, Cenex Harvest States

Mike Williams – Fargo City Commissioner

Paul Jensen – President, Green Way Energy 

3:00 pm            Regulations: Navigating an undefined landscape

Moderator, Mike Eggl, Sr. Vice President Communications & Administration, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Jeffrey Holmstead – Air Quality Lawyer and Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
Elgie Holstein – Sr. Director for Strategic Planning, Environmental Defense Fund

Again, the 2012 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo will be on November 19, at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence.

Visit www.bismarckstate.edu/energyexpo  for additional information and to register. Pre-registration is $95 online and $115 at the door. 

Same day registration begins at 7:30 am on Monday, November 19.