Program

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This is a preliminary program 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: State Perspectives. 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: TBA.

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, Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Panelists: Simon Irish, Terrestrial Power; others TBA.

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, Director, Idaho National Laboratory; Douglas Sayer, Chief Business Officer, Premier Technology; others TBA.

Breakout No. 2: Re-imagining 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; others TBA.

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.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Day two keynote speaker (TBA).

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

10-noon: Federal morning, including:

Rep. Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Water and Energy.

Noon: Lunch service. Speaker: Dr. Robert Schleicher, General Atomics. The urgency to re-invent nuclear power in the U.S.

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, Vice President for Policy Development and Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute.

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, General Manager, Idaho Falls Power.

2:30-3:15 p.m.: Closing speaker(s), TBA.