Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer and Dalrymple Unveil Agenda for 2014 Great Plains & Empower ND Energy Conference
Bismarck Conference Will Address Global Energy Market, Traditional & Renewable Development, Public Policy
BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announce the agenda for the eighth annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference. The daylong, premier energy conference will be held October 14, 2014, at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College. The conference, which is hosted by North Dakota’s congressional delegation and governor, Bismarck State College, Great Plains Energy Corridor, KLJ and the North Dakota Department of Commerce, will feature policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
“By bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, the 8th annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference will help us to highlight our state’s all-of-the-above approach to energy development, meet the challenges of growth, remain at the cutting-edge of the efficient and responsible energy production and drive home the need to bring our state’s approach to the national level,” Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer and Dalrymple said. “A decade ago, we created Empower North Dakota, the state’s first comprehensive energy plan, and worked to build a strong business climate. Today, North Dakota has become the second largest oil and gas producing state in the country while developing other sources of renewable energy – a true model for the nation. We need to continue that tradition with farsighted conferences like this.”
- Acclaimed author and journalist, Robert Bryce will share his perspective on why coal, oil and gas will continue to dominate the global energy mix, and how innovation in everything from engines and drilling to solar and storage will prolong America’s energy revolution for decades to come. Bryce has been writing about energy business since 1989 and is a senior fellow of the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute.
- Executive Director of the Energy & Environment Initiative at Rice University Charles McConnell will speak on initiatives that are being done to reduce the carbon footprint of traditional fuels and to prepare futures leaders with a holistic view of the big energy picture. McConnell leads Rice University’s integration of science, engineering, economic analysis, policy and social sciences to address the diverse issues and challenges associated with energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability and previously served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
- President and CEO for Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Karen Alderman Harbert will speak on how U.S. oil production can be considered an increasingly important aspect of national security and a hedge against increasing demand and uncertainty in global markets. Harbert leads the Institute’s efforts to develop its comprehensive Energy Works for U.S. platform and build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education and advocacy. She previously served as Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy and also as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The full agenda below is subject to change:
8:00 am Welcome
David Clark, Interim President, Bismarck State College
8:05 am All of the Above: The Big Picture in State and National Energy Policy
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
United States Senator John Hoeven
United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Congressman Kevin Cramer
Moderator: Niles Hushka – Chief Executive Officer, KLJ
North Dakota has an abundance of natural resources, money in the bank and access to lawmakers that’s unheard of in other states. Hear the state’s top leaders respond to attendee-submitted questions and how they’re working together for a sustainable, economically-sound and responsible path forward in energy development.
9:30 am Networking Break
9:45 am The Second American Century: How America’s Energy Wealth – in Everything from Shale and Coal to Solar and Batteries – Assures U.S. Competitiveness
Robert Bryce – Author, Journalist and Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Introduction by Kari Knudson – Vice President of BSC National Energy Center of Excellence
Acclaimed author and journalist Robert Bryce has been writing about the energy business since 1989. Hear Bryce share his perspective on why coal, oil and gas will continue to dominate the global energy mix, and how innovation in everything from engines and drilling to solar and storage will prolong America’s energy revolution for decades to come.
10:45 am Technology Advancements in the Bakken
John Arrell – Business Development Manager, Alliant Techsystems Operations (ATK)
Jeremy Dockter – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Expansion Energy LLC
Philip Fusacchia – Last Mile Fueling Program Manager, GE
Moderator: Kari Cutting – Vice President, North Dakota Petroleum Council
North Dakota’s Bakken is an ideal site to employ cutting edge innovations. With water resources at a premium, learn how some companies are exploring methods of hydraulic fracturing that reduce water use. And follow up on progress of a localized system to turn what-would-be-flared natural gas into valuable liquids.
11:45 am Lunch
12:45 pm America’s New Energy Paradigm
Karen Alderman Harbert – President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy
Introduction by Maria Effertz Hanson – Communications, Hess North Dakota
For the last 40 years, energy policymakers were focused on managing a scarce resource; today, we are on the cusp of an unprecedented energy abundance. As China, India, Brazil and the Middle East emerge as major and growing oil consuming countries, the increasing production of unconventional oil and energy sources in the U.S. takes on added significance. Hear how U.S. oil production can be considered an increasingly important aspect of national security and a hedge against increasing demand and uncertainty in global markets.
1:45 pm Bridging Research and Innovations in Energy Development
Charles McConnell – Executive Director of the Energy & Environment Initiative at Rice University
Introduction by David Straley – Director External Affairs, North American Coal Corporation
Rice University views sustainable energy development as a multiple disciplinary approach that ties together social and natural sciences, public policy, engineering, business and humanities. Hear more about initiatives that are being done to reduce the carbon footprint of traditional fuels and to prepare futures leaders with a holistic view of the big energy picture.
2:45 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm North Dakota’s Natural Gas Revolution
William Gilliam – CEO, Badlands NGL’s, LLC
Patrick Hughes – Chief Executive Officer, Prairie Companies and North Dakota LNG
Dennis Haider – Executive Vice President Business Development, MDU Resources
Moderator: Mark Nisbet – Principal Manager of North Dakota, Xcel Energy
As natural gas production continues to soar in North Dakota, the opportunities match pace. Learn more about strategies that companies are using to capitalize on the state’s natural gas production and reduce flaring.
4:00 pm Conference Wrap-up
Al Anderson – Commissioner, North Dakota Department of Commerce
The 2014 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference will be on October 14 at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College.
Visit http://info.bismarckstate.edu/greatplains/ for additional information and to register. Pre-registration is $95 online and $115 at the door. Same day registration begins at 7:30 am.
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