WIA Spring Energy Conference

WIA Spring Energy Conference

Registration open for WIA’s Spring Energy Conference

Join WIA for our Spring Energy Conference – March 28 and 29 in Jackson, Wyoming!

Session topics will focus on energy economics, funding, policy, and technology.

Registration is free – reserve your spot today!

Hotel Group Rate

Reserve your room on WIA’s Group Block by February 25th. Book your room online or by calling Snow King at 800-522-5464 and referencing the “WIA Attendee Block” to reserve the group rate.


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, March 28
8:30am – Noon l Presentations
Noon – 1pm l Lunch
1 – 4:30pm l Presentations
4:30 – 6:30pm l Hosted Reception

Friday, March 29
8:30am – Noon l Presentations


Thursday Speakers

Chad Rupe, State Director, Rural Development, Wyoming, United States Department of Agriculture

Mr. Rupe will present on the funding opportunities and programs available for energy projects through USDA.

Chad Teply, SVP, Strategy and Development, Rocky Mountain Power

Michael Nasi, Environmental & Utility Attorney at Jackson Walker LLP and Randy Eminger, Executive Director of Energy Policy Network

Mr. Nasi and Mr. Eminger will provide an overview of the current state of energy markets and regulatory environments around the country, and how this effects Wyoming’s resources.

Paul Griffin, Executive Director, EnergyFairness.Org

Mr. Griffin will speak about deregulation and the pitfalls of energy choice.

Dr. Rob Godby, Director, Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy, University of Wyoming

Dr. Godby’s presentation will focus on potential economic impacts to Wyoming, and to local economies in Wyoming of possible changes in the energy industry. Specifically, the potential employment and fiscal impacts both locally and nationally are described for potential reductions in coal production or generator shutdowns across the state.

Roxane Perruso, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Power Company of Wyoming LLC and TransWest Express LLC

Ms. Perruso will provide the latest updates on PCW’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project and TransWest’s TransWest Express Transmission Project, which together represent an approximately $6 billion investment in Wyoming energy generation and transmission.

Jackson’s Shared Solar Project – Speakers Pending

This presentation is focused on the new shared solar project in Jackson Hole. Attendees will hear a background of the project and how this was an outcome of the Joint Powers Partnership and the individual and collective effort, leadership, and investment of all three parties.

Friday Speakers

Kara B. Fornstrom, Chairman, Wyoming Public Service Commission

Chairman Fornstrom will discuss the traditional ratemaking model and why it is ill-suited, given the current state of technology, to incentivize utilities to invest in CCUS projects.  She will also provide some thoughts on potential regulatory alternatives.

Kipp Coddington, Director, Energy Policy & Economics & Director, Center for Economic Geology Research at the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming

Mr. Coddington will discuss the University of Wyoming’s ongoing U.S. Department of Energy-funded CCUS project in Gillette. He also will comment on the challenges and opportunities for Wyoming posed by international, federal and regional CCUS policy developments, including: (1) the Paris Agreement, which takes effect in 2020; (2) pending major federal climate legislation, which will be influenced by the Green New Deal and is being teed up for possible enactment in 2021; (3) California’s new 2045 zero-carbon electricity law and CCUS compliance methodology for low-carbon transportation fuels; and (4) Oregon’s cap-and-trade climate bill, which is expected to become law soon.

Wyoming Energy Policy – Speakers Pending

This presentation focuses on current Wyoming energy policies, including highlights from the 2019 Legislative session. 


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