UAE’s 35th annual energy conference topics will explore the paths states and cities are taking to decarbonize through renewable energy and other actions, PacifiCorp’s resource planning and changes to its resource stack, the regional resource adequacy for electric power in the west, state and federal environmental directives, as well as the natural gas outlook and sustainability as part of the changing landscape – what does that mean for large energy users?
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|9:00 am||WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
Kelly Francone, UAE Executive Director
|9:10 am||ENERGY TRANSITION: The Role of States, Cities and the Private Sector in the Energy Transition
Governor Bill Ritter, Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy
|9:50 am||PACIFICORP: Connecting the West to More Value
Joe Hoerner, Senior Vice President, Regional Grid Solutions
Mike Wilding, Vice President, Energy Supply Management
|10:40 am||SUPPLY VS DEMAND: Regional Resource Adequacy & Strategic Electrification
Michelle Brandt King, Partner, Holland & Hart
Nikolas Stoffel, Partner, Holland & Hart
|11:20 am||STATE AND FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL ROADMAP
Bryce Bird, Director of the Utah Division of Air Quality
|BREAK FOR LUNCH|
|1:00 pm||CHANGING LANDSCAPE FOR NATURAL GAS
Andrew Hegewald, Dominion Energy Utah, New Gas Business Development Manager, Gas Infrastructure Group
|1:45 pm||NATURAL GAS OUTLOOK: Impacts to Fundamentals as Renewable Growth Continues
Emmanuel Corral, Western Natural Gas and Power Energy Analyst, S&P Global Platts
|2:30 pm||SHUFFLING THE RESOURCE STACK: Distributed Resources Rise to the Top
Meghan Dutton, Wheeler Power, General Manager
Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005. During his four-year term as Governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.
Mr. Hoerner is Senior Vice President, Regional Grid Solutions for Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp, in Portland, Oregon. He is responsible for advancing PacifiCorp’s strategy of expanding the depth and breadth of its energy and transmission portfolios in order to facilitate the integration of significant new renewable resources, increase grid interconnectivity and reliability, and create sustainable energy solutions.
Mr. Wilding is Vice President, Energy Supply Management for Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp, in Portland, Oregon. He is responsible for the load and resource balancing function of PacifiCorp’s two balancing authority areas. PacifiCorp has generation and transmission assets across ten western states and load in six western states.
Michelle is a partner at the Holland & Hart law firm. She helps industrial and commercial electric retail customers, independent power producers, renewable energy developers, natural gas local distributions companies and pipelines, transportation providers, as well as municipalities throughout the Mountain West navigate the spectrum of regulatory matters that impact their industries and operations.
Her experience handling nearly all aspects of energy and utility regulation allows her clients to concentrate on the daily challenges of running their businesses while simultaneously achieving their goals.
Nik is a partner at the Holland & Hart law firm. His practice is focused on the federal and state regulation of utilities, pipelines, and electricity markets, and the nuances of administrative law and litigation. Nik’s clients include large energy consumers, industrial and commercial electric customers, local distribution companies, oil and gas pipelines, qualifying facilities, project developers, independent power producers, common carriers, and motor carriers throughout the Mountain West.
Nik has also represented investors and asset managers in connection with purchases and sales of utilities.
Bryce Bird was appointed as the Air Quality Division Director at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Executive Secretary to the Utah Air Quality Board in June, 2011, and has worked at the Division of Air Quality in the compliance and planning programs since 1992. Bryce is a member of the Utah Army National Guard where he has served for 33 years with the 23rd Army Band. He is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in Environmental Biology and from Western Governors University with a Masters’ of Science in Management and Leadership.
Mr. Andrew Hegewald is currently the New Gas Business Development Manager for Sustainability Initiatives of Dominion Energy (formerly Questar Corporation) in their Salt Lake City offices. These initiatives include Renewable Natural Gas and Power-to-Gas projects. Andrew enjoys developing, scoping, modelling, and negotiating projects related to these sustainability initiatives. Before coming to Dominion Energy, Andrew worked at PacifiCorp and American Electric Power in commodity trading, asset optimization, and long-term strategic planning roles. His areas of expertise include business development, project management, strategic planning, project engineering, and energy commodity trading for all fuel types within the energy sector, with a specific emphasis on renewable and emerging energy technologies.
Emmanuel Corral is an energy analyst on S&P Global Platts North American Natural Gas Analytics team, currently focused on the West & Rockies region, covering regional supply and demand fundamentals. During his tenure at Platts, Emmanuel has covered Southeast & Texas regional fundamentals with an emphasis on infrastructure projects as well as an Internship with Platts in the summer of 2018, where he focused on Mexico’s natural gas and electricity markets.
Meghan Dutton has 11 years of experience in the energy industry in the fields of management, project development, sales, law, policy, and emissions compliance. Meghan currently serves as the General Manager of the Power Systems Sales and Rentals Division at Wheeler Machinery Co.
In this capacity, she oversees the emergency standby power, distributed gas power plant, oil and gas, Cat truck engine parts, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and UPS market segments.