Wyoming preps for first Energy Summit

2014-03-10T11:00:00Z 2014-05-14T14:15:10Z Wyoming preps for first Energy SummitBy Star-Tribune staff Casper Star-Tribune Online
March 10, 2014 11:00 am  • 

Wyoming leads the nation in coal and uranium production and is fifth in natural gas and eighth in crude oil. It also has potential for alternative forms of energy including wind, solar and geothermal, which is why Gov. Matt Mead, the Wyoming Business Report and the Energy Summit Steering Committee created Wyoming’s first Energy Summit.

The summit, called, Leading the Charge, will be May 19 and 20 at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Casper.

The two-day event will include some meals and attendance to all sessions and exhibits.

It will feature a limited number of educational exhibits, keynote speakers and 14 seminars.

Cost to attend is $195 per person, with a corporate discount for three or more people of $150 each.

For more information call Belind Nelson at 307-638-3200 or go to

The topics slated for the summit are:

  • Transmission lines: A focus on how transmission lines, which provide a stable power supply, are permitted and built and what Wyoming's future transmission lines will look like.
  • Coal export market: Explore the most likely future markets for Wyoming coal, ports for shipping and the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate coal vessels.
  • The Clean Air Act’s impact: Address what the Clean Air Act was based on, what it will mean to the electrical industry and to the coal industry, what the impact will be on consumer energy cost and availability, and what the changes will mean to Wyoming miners, business people and taxpayers.
  • Oil by rail: Explore the benefits and risks of moving oil by truck and rail.
  • "Pandora’s Promise" and uranium panel: "Pandora's Promise," an audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival. A panel discussion after the film will discuss the outlook for uranium mining in Wyoming, nuclear permitting, and the impact of the carbon tax on carbon-free nuclear power.
  • Statewide CO2 pipeline: Explore the market for carbon dioxide, and the lucrative business of building pipelines to deliver it.
  • New water treatment methods: A general discussion of water treatment in all energy operations including water re-use, re-cycling and reclamation.
  • Solving the energy talent crisis: Up to 40 percent of engineers working in energy will retire in five years. Trained technicians are also in high demand. This session will explore what is being done to meet the need.
  • Workforce safety: Explore the risks and the programs aimed at creating a safer work environment.
  • Wind plus natural gas equals steady, reliable power: Topics would include underground storage of natural gas so that it is available when it is needed and on short notice.
  • Overview of new water testing regulations: What is the impact on drilling rates with water testing, and what does it mean for landowners?
  • Progress in fracking technology: Look at more environmentally benign methods of fracking.
  • Sage grouse and the Endangered Species Act: Explore the possible impacts on energy activities if sage grouse are listed.
  • K-12 Energy and natural resources literacy programs: Explore projects aimed at increasing science, technology, engineering and math subjects in schools and their impact on education.



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