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Wednesday, November 13

9:00 am - 11:00 am Industry Tour
Minnkota Power Cooperative Headquarters
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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Big Energy Picture Keeps Getting Bigger

Keynote Presentations
Hear from energy executives, major project developers, investors, regulators and experts from the wind, power, biofuels, natural gas, oil and other energy sources on the big-picture view of North Dakota’s near- and long-term opportunities and met- or unmet- requirements necessary to drive growth and the always important bottom-line.
  • The Plausibility of A Plastics And Petrochemical Industry In North Dakota
    Don Kopecky, Senior Engineer, Barr Engineering
    Amanda Krieger, Environmental Engineer, Barr Engineering
  • Realizing Location Specific Diversification Opportunities In Ethanol Production
    Eric Mork, Business Development Executive, ICM Inc.
  • Managing Evolving International Supply Chain Issues At The Local Level
    Ron Martin, Vice President, MME Logistics Inc.
  • The Realities of Wind Power On The Northern Plains
    -Representative To Be Announced

    Special Presentation
  • Drawing National Attention: ND Energy Projects That Will Impact The World’s Understanding Of All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategies
    Project Tundra And The Future of Carbon Capture In North Dakota
    Stacey Dahl, Senior Manager of External Affairs, Minnkota Power Cooperative
    -Multi-Speaker Presentation To Be Announced
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm Expo Open
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm How Energy Production Realities Impact the Regional Economy
  • The Impact of Bakken Oil Production Activity On Williston Basin Real Estate Markets
    Tom Bradley, President & Co-Founder, Energy Real Estate Solutions (ERES)
  • -Additional Speakers To Be Announced
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Highlights From the Field: Operational Upgrades and New Strategies Driving Major Change Part I
  • How Improvements In Frack Sand Handling And Drying Have Helped Shale Oil Production
    Malcolm Swanson, Vice President, Innovative Products, Astec Inc.
  • Combined Heat and Power Gaining Steam In The Ethanol Industry
    Bernie Hoffman, CEO, TotalGen Services
  • Flaring, Turbine Gensets And The Future Of Onsite Power At North Dakota Energy Sites
    Ryan Zwicker, Director, AFGlobal Corp.
  • Small-scale Wind Power Generation for Commercial Buildings
    -Speaker To Be Announced
  • Solar Installation Set-ups That Work In ND
    -Speaker To Be Announced
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Understanding Opportunities: Possibilities For The Region’s Future Energy Production Mix
  • Why Small Utilities Could Be The Future Of Energy Efficiency In North Dakota
    Gregory Ehrendreich, Research Analyst, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Regional Bioenergy Research Reveals New Developments In Energy Storage Options
    Donald Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Research Institute
  • With Geothermal Resources All Around Us, Where is the Best Opportunity?
    Kristopher Keller, Senior Engineer, Hellervik Midstream
  • Creating A National Showplace For Liquid, Solid Energy Products In Jamestown
    -Representative, New Energy Blue
  • Nuclear Energy Production Options In North Dakota
    Steven Curtis, Senior Program Manager, Resource Readiness Group
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception & Expo Hall Opening
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Thursday, November 14

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast in the Expo
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Expo Open
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Opportunities For All Energy In North Dakota And Beyond

Keynote Presentations
Listen to high-level talks on proposed project needs, project updates, energy demand in the Northern Plains, investment opportunities and the place for new technologies or infrastructure development. Also, hear about the shifting desires and demands of regional energy consumers or how global trends will affect North Dakota.
  • Regulation and Oversight Of North Dakota’s Energy Generation Sector
    Brian Kroshus, Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • Project Update: The Red River Valley’s Next Generation Biorefinery
    Keshav Rajpal, Chief Operating Officer, BioMass Solutions
  • Why Alternative Fuels Matter In A Fossil Fuel State
    Jon Hunter, Regional Coordinator, Southern Colorado Clean Cities
  • Electrification of the Oil Field: Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power
    Andra Wilcox, Research Scientist, Houston Advanced Research Center
    -Additional Presentations To Be Announced
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch in the Expo

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Highlights From the Field: Operational Upgrades and New Strategies Driving Major Change Part II
  • Next Generation of Electric Fracturing and Infield Power
    Steven Goldstein, Unconventional Platform Leader, Baker Hughes
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Biomass Material/Renewables Material Handling
    Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
  • Redefining Pipeline Safety With UAS-Based Inspection Programs
    Toby Kraft, CEO, SolSpec Aerial Analytics
  • Edge Computing For Energy: Using Field Data From Data Centers In A Box
    Hector Diaz, Mission Critical Director, Easter-Owens Electric
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Riding The Workforce Wave: Overcoming The Ups and Downs Of Labor And Skill Availability
  • Bonds Worth Making: What A Welder Can Teach Us About Reducing Workforce Turnover Through Value-Added Training
    Rick Cowman, CEO, Welding Training Solutions Inc.
  • Reducing Behind The Wheel Worries: Vision Zero’s Plan To Reduce Incidents In North Dakota
    Carma Hanson, Representative from North Dakota Department of Transportation
  • Follow The Leader: How To Recruit Vets To The Energy Sector
    -Representative, Vets2Tech
3:00 pmConference Adjourns
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