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

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WPS17 - Keynote & General Sessions

Monday, October 23

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8:45 AM 10:00 AM
Managing Change in the Western Power Market
Responsible for delivering electricity safely and reliably to 1 million customers in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming Mrs. Crane is the perfect keynote for our Western Power Summit. She will bring insight into Western power issues such as the Energy Imbalance Market, PacifiCorp’s plan to repower wind and add transmission, and ongoing efforts to manage changing load profiles as more renewables come into the system. Ms. Crane also oversees thermal generation, mining and resource development for the company, and will add significant context to the event’s conversations on water/energy, renewable generation, transmission, market structures, and evolving business models. Her work as a board member on the Wyoming Energy Resources Council in addition to the National Mining Association and the Utah Mining Association will allow for a dynamic conversation about challenges facing the power industry in the West.

Keynote:
Cindy Crane, President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Power - PacifiCorp

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10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Roundtable: Western Electric Policy Priorities
Policy makers from the state, provincial and federal levels share ideas in this moderated roundtable that will consider topics including renewable portfolio standards, transmission infrastructure improvements, market development issues, federal policy, and cross-border trade. This session is particularly timely given the new administration in Washington, D.C., and the relatively new premiership of Justin Trudeau. And the panel will be unique for bringing together state, federal, and provincial leaders to discuss western electric power issues.

Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman, Access Intelligence
Panelist:
Barbara Walz, Sr. Vice President, Policy and Compliance, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
 
Amy Oliver Cooke, Executive Vice President, Independence Institute
 
Scott Brockett, Director, Regulatory Administration and Compliance, Xcel Energy
 
Jeff Lyng, Sr. Policy Analyst, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

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Tuesday, October 24

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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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