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November 12-14, 2017 | Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Lincoln, NE


Schedule subject to change. 

Day 1 | Sunday November 12

2:00-5:00 PM

LES Wind Turbine & Bluff Road Landfill Gas to Energy Facility Tour—$10 per person

3:00-6:00 PM

Attendee Check-In—Exhibitor Set-Up

Day 2 | Monday November 13

Attendee Check-In| Exhibitor Set-Up | Continental Breakfast

7:00-8:00 AM

Conference Welcome

8:00-9:00 AM

State of the National Wind Industry
Tom Kiernan, AWEA
Intro: Jennifer Allyn, Sempra Renewables

9:00-10:00 AM

Policy and Legislative Update: Senators Panel

Intro: David Bracht, Nebraska Department of Energy

Moderator: Tim Gay, Husch Blackwell

10:30-11:45 AM

Public Power Executives Luncheon Presentation

Pat Pope, NPPD—Tim Burke, OPPD—Jason Fortik, LES

Moderator: Stephen Bruckner, Fraser Stryker, PC, LLO

12:15-1:30 pm

Breakout 1: Up Close & Personal:

First Hand Experience from Nebraska’s Wind Project Landowners

Moderator: Mike Degan, Kutak Rock

Breakout 2: R-Project Update

Tom Kent, NPPD

Moderator: James Williams, Invenergy, LLC

1:45-2:45 PM

3:15-4:15 PM

State of the National Solar Industry

George Ashton, Sol Systems

Mike Kruger, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Adam Cohen, Ranger Power

Tom Green, SoCore Energy

Moderator: Tim Yager, OPPD

4:30-5:30 PM

Breakout 1: Solar & Battery Storage

Jerry Casey II, MC Power

Breakout 2: Balancing Community Concerns

Katie Hatfield Edstrom, HDR

Stephanie Ritterhaus, HDR

5:30-6:30 PM

Networking & Social Time

Day 3 | Tuesday November 14

7:00-8:30 AM

Attendee Check-In | Exhibitor Set-Up | Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:30 AM

Tennessee Valley Authority’s Renewable Energy Projects

Steve Noe, TVA

Moderator: David Rich, NPPD

10: 15-11:15 AM

Breakout 1: Kimball Wind Decommissioning and Redevelopment

Eric Johnson, Sandhills Energy

Shannon Coleman, NMPP/MEAN

Justin Hernandez, NGC Group, Inc.

Breakout 2: Renewable Energy & Development by Local Public Power

Neil Suess, Loup Power District

Molly Brown, GenPro

Brian Newton, City of Fremont

Moderator: John O’Connor, Olsson Associates

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Renewable Energy Procurement: What Corporate Companies Look For Luncheon

Paul Clement, Facebook—Tim O’Brien, OPPD

Moderator: David Reamer, Geronimo Energy

1:15-2:15 PM

Breakout 1: Wind Impacts on Southwest Power Pool and Nebraska

Casey Cathey, SPP

Ron Thompson, NPPD

Breakout 2: Navigating Wildlife & Regulatory Pathways

Eliza Hines, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Ryan Joe, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Erin Delawalla, Invenergy, LLC

Moderator: Amanda Miller, Olsson Associates

2:30-3:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Participant Feedback