Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | Curtis Hotel | Denver
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Welcome
- Don McClure, VP, Government and Stakeholder Relations & Legal, Encana Oil and Gas (USA), Inc.
1:40 – 2:40 PM, Keynote—Mountain of Opportunity: Getting energy policy right?
2:40 – 3:25 p.m. Panel I—The Fractured State of Oil and Gas: Colorado Communities at the Crossroads
Colorado’s Front Range communities form a key battleground in the controversy over expanded oil and gas development driven by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. While some jurisdictions are initiating moratoriums and bans, the state has weighed in to assert its ultimate authority to regulate the industry. What does the future hold and how will these conflicts be resolved? How do we find a balance between local concerns and state authority? How do we ensure that oil and gas activity continues to play a vital role in the state and national economy?
- Mike King, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
- Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County Commissioner
- Patty Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center fo the American West at the University of Colorado
- Lem Smith, Government Relations, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc.
3:25 – 3:40 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:40 – 4:25 p.m. Panel II—Boutique Energy in a Supermarket World: The Future of Renewables
For the foreseeable future, the bulk of our energy needs will be met by fossil fuels. At the same time, renewable energy use will continue to grow and in a climate constrained world, play an important role in our energy future. What is the role of renewables in today’s energy picture and how will it likely shift over the next 50 years? What are the technological hurdles to be overcome and what exciting new discoveries may be on the horizon?
- Barbara Tyran, Director, Washington Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
- Ben Fowke, Chairman of the Board, Xcel Energy
- Mike O'Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Development, NextEra Energy Resources
3:25 – 3:40 p.m. Closing Remarks
- James Marchiori, Executive Director, Global Energy Management Program (GEM), University of Colorado Denver Business School
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception