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, State of Colorado

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10:00 AM 10:30 AM
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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, POWER Magazine
Speaker: Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project - Best In Class Ternary Equipment
Abstract
Carl Borgquist, President & CEO, Absaroka Energy LLC
  Distributed Energy Storage as a Virtual Power Plant – Results from the Field
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Matt Owens, Director Business Development, Stem
  Experiences from an innovative DERMS production journey with a leading power utility
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John Roeser, Regional Vice President, NA, mPrest

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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, Access Intelligence Company
Speaker: Regional Integration and a Cleaner, More Efficient Grid
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Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council
  Regional Market Structure
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Dan Walter, Senior Manager, Energy Markets, Tri-State Generation & Transmission (Power Management Division)
  Smart City Future in a Mile-High Microgrid
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Matthew Crosby, Director, Policy, Coronal Energy (Powered by Panasonic)

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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, Access Intelligence Company
Panelists:
Stacy Tellinghuisen, Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates
 
John Aronson, President, AATA International, Inc.
 
David Yates, Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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