MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

Noon - 3:45 p.m.  Wind Farm Tour & Lunch
Kingman Wind Energy Center
Bus Tour
4 - 8 p.m.  Conference Set-up / Exhibitor Move-In  
TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2017   
7:30 a.m.  Registration Opens  
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.  Welcome Salon 1 & 2
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.  General Session - What Fuels Renewable Growth: Commercial Wind and Solar Moderated Discussion
  • Deirdre K. Hirner, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
  • Rorik Peterson, EDPr
  • Becky Stanfield, Vote Solar
  • Ryan Prescott, Tradewind

Moderated by Britton Gibson, Polsinelli

Salon 1 & 2
9:45 - 10:30 a.m.  Break - Exhibits Open  
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Energy on the Move  

Transmission/ Storage 
  • Mark Lawlor, Clean Line Energy Partners
  • Alan Myers, ITC Great Plains

Providing the Missing Links, The Electric Cooperative Perspective on Growing Renewable Energy

  • Earnie Lehman, Midwest Energy, Inc.

Energy Infrastructure Modernization in Southwest Power Pool

  • Jay Caspary, Southwest Power Pool
Moderated by Mark Lawlor, Clean Line Energy Partners

Next Generation Efficiency

What Customers Want from Utility Customer Engagement

  • Eric Gargiulo, First Fuel

Behavioral Energy Efficiency: Helping Energy Users Reduce their Waste

  • Richard Caperton, Oracle Utilities

Implementing New Technologies

  • Michelle Milburn, Stanion Wholescale Electric
  • David Smart, Biostar Renewables

Building Innovations: Energy-Efficient Prefabricated Housing Panels

  • Rob Leonard, Build SMART

Moderated by Kay Johnson, Prosoco

Consulates 1
Multimedia Theatre

12 - 1:30 p.m.  Buffet Lunch - Exhibits Open Salon 3 & 4
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Transportation Innovations

Ethanol Innovations

  • Jeff Sharping, ICM
VW Settlement Opportunities

  • Kelly Gilbert, Metropolitan Energy Center
  • Kathleen Waters, KDHE

Charging Station Legislation and Regulations

  • Ed Hedges, Kansas City Power & Light
  • John Hipchen, Telefonix
  • Larry Kinder, LilyPad
Moderated by Olga Khakova, Clean Energy Business Council

The Changing Energy Efficiency Landscape

Energy Efficiency Landscape and Missed Opportunities in Kansas

  • Rick Counihan, Nest
  • Leah Scull, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Opportunities for City EE Investments

  • Lynn Retz, Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Chris Sewll, City of Wichita
  • Eileen Horn, City of Lawrence

Moderated by Leah scull, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)


Consulates 1 
Multimedia Theatre
3 - 3:45 p.m.  Break - Exhibits Open  
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.  General Session - Tapping the Corporate and Manufacturing Renewable Energy Market
  • Matt Langley, Infinity Renewables
  • David Gardiner, David Gardiner and Associates (DGA)
Moderated by John O'Connor, Olsson Associates
Salon 1 & 2
4:45 - 6 p.m.  Reception - Exhibits Open  
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017   
8 - 9: a.m.  Continental Breakfast - Exhibits Open  
9 - 10:30 a.m.  Clean Energy as an Economic Development Tool
  • Rob Threlkeld, General Motors (GM)
  • David Fuller, EDF Renewables
  • Joe Rinzel, Employers for Renewable Energy (ERE)
Moderated by Dorothy Barnett, Clean Energy Business Council

The Future of Advanced Energy
New Nuclear 

  • Lenka Kollar, NuScale

Energy Storage

  • John Fernandes, Invenergy

Environmentally Friendly Drilling 

  • Warren Martin, Kansas Strong

Moderated by David Carter, Kansas Energy Program, K-State Engineering Extension

Multimedia Theatre

 Salon 3
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.  Break - Exhibits Open   
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.  What Drives Transformation in Electricity Markets
  • Market-based Solutions - Matthew Larson, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • Meeting Customer Needs - Greg Greenwood, Westar
  • Changing Regulations to Meet Customer Needs - JR Tolbert, Advanced Energy Economy

Moderated by Alan Anderson, Polsinelli

Salon 1 & 2
11:45 a.m. - Noon  Closing Remarks  
Noon - 5 p.m. 

12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Distributed Generation
Success stories from distributed solar and wind energy customers, policy updates and a discussion around opportunities to expand distributed resources in Kansas.

This workshop will kick-off the Clean Energy Business Council's solar initiative which will feature community workshops across Kansas.

Panel I DG 101: The Fundamentals of Distributed Generation
  • Residential Solar-Mark Horst, King Solar 
  • Small Commercial and Industrial Solar- Ian Spomer, Cromwell Solar 
  • Distributed Wind for Agricultural and Commercial/Industrial Applications - Trevor Atkinson, Northern Power Systems 
  • O&M and Engineering: DG Wind and Solar- Patrick Rush, Ethos Distributed Solutions 
  • Moderated by Bob Solger, Solar Design Studio 

Panel II Success Stories: Telling the Tale of DG in Kansas
  • Mayor Bob Dixson, City of Greensburg 
  • Kansas Representative Boyd Orr, Fowler Feeders 
  • Mike Morley, Midwest Energy, Inc. 
  • Bill Dorsett, Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Cooperative (FHREECK) 
  • Dr. Bill Wentz, National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University 
  • Moderated by Michael Schumann, Good Energy Solutions 

Networking break

Panel III Moderated Discussion State of the State: Defining the DG Market in Kansas
  • Why Kansas is So Appealing?- Jason Kaplan, United Wind 
  • What’s Hot in Solar?- Scott White, Cromwell Solar 
  • Distributed Generation Landscape: Current Policies and Opportunities - Dorothy Barnett, Clean Energy Business Council 
  • Moderated by Jennifer Jenkins, Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA)
  • Multimedia Theatre 
With questions regarding the conference agenda, please contact Olga Khakova at (479) 899-7900 or
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Susan NeuPoth Cadoret at or 785-296-7198.