Program

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This program is subject to change.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

8 a.m.: Registration opens.

10-10:15 a.m.:  Mayor Rebecca Casper: Welcome and introduction of keynote speaker.

10:15-11:15 a.m. Keynote speaker, Vaclav Smil: The coming painful transition from fossil fuels and its impact on western North America.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Future Energy Portfolios of the Intermountain and Pacific Northwest Regions: What will the future mix of energy supplies for the Western U.S. look like? How are utilities planning for the inevitable shifts in energy sources? Moderator: Jim Ogsbury, Western Governors Association. Panelists: Dan James, Bonneville Power Administration; Cindy Crane, Rocky Mountain Power; Doug Hunter, UAMPS..

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch. Partnership for Science and Technology Awards.

1:15-1:30 p.m.: Break.

1:30-3 p.m.: Nuclear Energy Re-imagined: Innovation in applications. Panelists look at emerging unique applications for nuclear energy. Moderator: Michael Hagood, Idaho National Laboratory. Panelists: Simon Irish, Terrestrial Power; Mark Peres, Fluor; Dr. Ashley Finan, Nuclear Innovation Alliance; Dr. Richard Boardman, Idaho National Laboratory.

3-3:15 p.m.: Break.

3:15-4:45 p.m.: Breakout sessions.

Breakout No. 1: Nuclear Power and the Western U.S.: Developing Regional Innovative Supply Chain Opportunities. How can regional businesses connect to energy companies as vital links in the chain to supply essential products and services? Moderator: TBA. Panelists: Mark Peters, Idaho National Laboratory; Douglas Sayer, Premier Technology; others TBA.

Breakout No. 2: New Approaches to Regional Coal Development. From the development of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center to competition for the Carbon XPrize, panelists look at emerging uses for coal. Moderator: Dr. Mark A. Northam, University of Wyoming. Panelists: Donald Collins, Western Research Institute; Richard A. Horner, University of Wyoming.

5-7 p.m.: Welcome reception.

6-8 p.m.: Speakers and Sponsors Dinner (invitation only)

Wednesday, Aug. 9

7 a.m.: Registration opens.

8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast service.

8:30 a.m.: Welcome to day two by Mayor Casper.

8:40-9:30 a.m.: Day two featured speaker: Ambassador Laura Holgate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Virtuous circles: Linking business and nuclear security. Introduced by Dr. Noel Bakhtian, Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

9:30-10 a.m.: Break.

10-noon: Federal morning, including:

Rep. Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Water and Energy. Introduced by Fred Hughes, President, Fluor Idaho.

Rick Provencher, Manager, Department of Energy, Idaho Operations. Introduced by Mark Peters, Director, Idaho National Laboratory.

Noon: Lunch service. Speakers: Dr. Robert Schleicher, General Atomics; and Dr. Ashley Finan, Nuclear Innovation Alliance. The urgency to re-invent nuclear power in the U.S. Introduced by Mark Peters, Director, Idaho National Laboratory.

1-1:15 p.m.: Break.

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions:

Breakout No. 1: U.S. Nuclear Policy Leadership in the Trump Era. What do panelists foresee in America’s place in world nuclear policy under the new administration? Moderator: John Kotek, Nuclear Energy Institute. Panelists: Sagatom Saha, Council on Foreign Relations; Chris Colbert, NuScale; Laura Holgate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Breakout No. 2: Energy Security and the Electrical Grid. Is the Western U.S. electrical grid vulnerable and, if so, what can be done? Moderator: Jackie Flowers, Idaho Falls Power. Panelists: Zachary Tudor, Idaho National Laboratory. Others TBA.

2:30-3:15 p.m.: Solar, wind and EV: Energy security requires using all the tools available to us in creating a reduced-carbon future. Moderator: Doug Hunter, UAMPS. Panelists TBA.