October 23-25, 2017
Omni Interlocken Resort
Denver, CO

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Tuesday, October 24

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8:00 AM 9:00 AM
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9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Colorado’s Balancing Act
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will be invited to present keynote remarks on the state’s landmark clean power plan, as well as ongoing efforts to balance renewable energy expansion with continued fossil fuel development. Does Colorado’s approach offer a blueprint for the West or did the state’s resource mix and political climate make it a one-off example?

Keynote:
John Hickenlooper, Governor,

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10:00 AM 10:30 AM
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Networking Break

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10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Energy Storage: From EVs to Pumped Storage and Beyond
The West offers vast potential for energy storage deployment. Electric vehicle adoption takes the technology to the consumer level. Meanwhile, large-scale batteries, pumped storage and even a few novel storage concepts are emerging.

Moderator:
Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor,
Speaker: Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project - Best In Class Ternary Equipment
Abstract
Carl Borgquist, President & CEO,
  Distributed Energy Storage as a Virtual Power Plant – Results from the Field
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Matt Owens, Director Business Development,
  Experiences from an innovative DERMS production journey with a leading power utility
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John Roeser, Regional Vice President, NA,

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12:00 PM 1:00 PM
‘Networking at Noon’ Luncheon

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1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Putting Western Innovation to Work
The West leads the country with innovative approaches to energy generation, deployment, and use. This session highlights innovations in microgrid development, distributed and community solar finance, and approaches to regional transmission.

Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman,
Speaker: Regional Integration and a Cleaner, More Efficient Grid
Abstract
Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Transmission,
  Regional Market Structure
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Dan Walter, Senior Manager, Energy Markets,
  Smart City Future in a Mile-High Microgrid
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Matthew Crosby, Director, Policy,

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2:30 PM 2:45 PM
Networking Break

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2:45 PM 4:15 PM
Water/Energy Conflicts in a Rapidly Growing West
Water is of vital importance across the West and impacts almost every decision related to electric power production. This session examines the water resource issue and considers efforts at regional cooperation to ease conflicts.

Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman,
Panelists:
Stacy Tellinghuisen, Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst,
 
John Aronson, President,
 
David Yates, Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory,

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