Aug. 8-9, 2017

Idaho Falls, Idaho

We’re excited to announce our theme for 2017: “Energy Security and the Western States”

Energy security includes the availability and expansion of affordable and clean domestic energy sources and technologies, a stable and secure energy grid, and a robust cyber-security system. Nuclear, renewable, and alternative energy sources are vital to energy security, as are continued advancements in grid and cyber security. The West plays an increasingly important role in all of these areas, and that will be our focus for 2017.

Featuring keynote speaker Vaclav Smil.

 “There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.” — Bill Gates

Professor Vaclav Smil is regarded as one of the most important thought leaders of our time. One of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010, Smil has spent his career exploring new ground in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment and public policy. Publishing 35 books and over 400 papers, Smil has revolutionized the way the world thinks about its future energy and food needs. In addition to his published research, he has also worked as a consultant for many US, EU and international institutions.

“Today, as you know, everything is “innovation.” We have problems, and people are looking for fairy-tale solutions—innovation like manna from heaven falling on the Israelites and saving them from the desert. It’s like, ‘Let’s not reform the education system, the tax system. Let’s not improve our dysfunctional government. Just wait for this innovation manna from a little group of people in Silicon Valley …’ ” — Vaclav Smil

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