Register Today for WIA’s Fall Conference

Register Today for WIA’s Fall Conference

Join us October 4th and 5th in Cheyenne for our Fall Conference! This two-day event will feature discussions on how to connect resources to market, engaging the local community to make projects successful, a tour of Laramie County Community College’s Wind Energy Technology facilities, and a facilitated workshop on what Wyoming’s energy strategy should be in 2019 and beyond.

Registration is free – Reserve your spot today!


Discounted hotel available for attendees!
Tru Hilton l 423 W Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007  – (307) 222-3600
Get your discounted rate when you book by mentioning “Wyoming Infrastructure Authority”.


Conference Agenda l Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, October 4

8:30 – 9:30am l Coal Exports & Commerce Clause
Speakers: Wendy Hutchinson, Millennium Bulk Terminals & Mike McGrady, Governor’s Office

Wyoming leads the nation in coal production and is the leading exporter of BTUs with over 60% of the electricity generated in Wyoming being sent out of state. Coal export activities play a vital role in Wyoming’s economy and there are large potential markets in Asia. This session will explore the current events with the Millennium Bulk Terminal project, a coal export facility in Washington state, as well as Wyoming’s legal actions to ensure this commodity can make it to market.

9:30 – 9:45am l Break

9:45am – 11am l Energy Policy Going Forward
Speakers: Jerimiah Rieman and Matt Fry, Governor’s Office

2018 has been a busy year for Wyoming’s energy policy. Hear from the Governor’s Office on the exciting initiatives from the ENDOW report, the formation of the Governor’s Partnership on Carbon Capture, and other areas where Wyoming is leading the way on energy policy.

11am – Noon l Tour of LCCC Wind Energy Technology facilities

Laramie County Community College offers students the opportunity to pursue a career as a wind turbine technician with their Wind Energy Technology program. Learn more about this program, how administrators work with industry in the development of this degree, and tour their state-of-the-art facilities.

Noon – 1:30pm l Lunch

12:30 – 1:30pm l Keynote: Developing Projects with Community Involvement
Speakers: Sharon Fain, WyBrand Strategies, George Hruska, Oftedal Construction, and Nat Drucker, Invenergy 

All commercial scale energy projects have some level of direct impact on the local community. A company’s ability to use different outreach and engagement strategies is instrumental for projects to be able to successfully move forward. This session hosts a conversation with different developers on how they have successfully worked in their communities to develop trust and partnerships and what strategies have helped them succeed.

1:30-1:45pm l Break

1:45 – 2:45pm l Wyoming Solutions to Changing Models
Speakers: Aaron Carr & Chris Kilpatrick, Black Hills Energy

The energy market continues to revolutionize with emerging technologies. Hear from representatives from Black Hills Energy on the initiatives they are championing; including implementing Blockchain technology and innovative tariffs and legislation that aim to provide additional flexibility in a changing marketplace.

2:45 – 4pm l The Utility of the Future
Speakers: Mike Easley, CEO of Powder River Energy Corporation, David Swank, CEO of Central Electric Cooperative,  Brian Dusek, AECOM, Doug Sinclair, AECOM, and Ian Slesser, Pitney Bowes

The utility industry is facing monumental change driven by the digital economy.  The traditional top-down business model that utilities have been built on since their inception will soon be turned upside-down.  New technologies, infrastructure and sustainable practices mean consumers of the past are becoming “prosumers” – both consuming and producing energy.  For utilities to thrive in the future, they must have the ability to maneuver and capture the emerging digital technologies.  Utilities that are able to thoroughly engage an ecosystem of stakeholders with innovative solutions and cost effective services will prevail; as those who hold on to their monopolistic model will wither and become irrelevant.

The panel will provide insights on how utilities can capture and harness digital opportunities by maximizing the benefits of emerging technologies like data analytics, blockchain, machine learning, and relational database architectures to name a few that are transforming infrastructure planning and delivery.

4-6pm l Hosted Reception


Friday, October 5

8:30am – Noon l Wyoming’s Next Energy Strategy Workshop

In the 2018 Legislative session, WIA was tasked with updating the Governor’s Energy Strategy. This facilitated discussion will be the first step in this process and will walk participants through various exercises to help brainstorm strategies and develop processes for the next iteration of the Wyoming Energy Strategy.


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Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Sarah Young.




Registration is free – Reserve your spot today!