Energy & Environment Symposium

Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key driver in Utah’s economic vitality and high quality of life. As our population continues to grow, wide diversification, innovative solutions and unprecedented partnerships will be critical to meeting the demands of our thriving state while also realizing our combined goals of environmental success across air, land and water.

The Governor’s Office of Energy Development is pleased to partner with Utah Media Group to host the Energy & Environment Symposium on Nov. 8, 2017, at the Little America Hotel. Join the Governor’s energy advisor, Dr. Laura Nelson, and nearly two dozen industry experts as they discuss progress and new technologies for navigating the dynamic nexus between energy and the environment to uniquely power Utah’s bright future.

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Our Speakers


8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:05

Morning Plenary

Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor

Plenary Panel
Moderator: Alan Matheson, Department of Environmental Quality
Featured Sponsor: Gary Hoogeveen, Rocky Mountain Power
Featured Sponsor: Brady B. Rasmussen, Dominion Energy Wexpro

Brian Coffman, Andeavor

10:05 – 10:15


10:15 – 11:05


Breakthrough Technologies Supporting Energy and the Environment
Private sector leadership has resulted in new advancements that change how we consume, measure, and track energy to inform decisions. A panel of experts will discuss the variety of new technologies available in Utah’s market and how these innovations offer solutions to energy and environment nexus issues.

Win-Win Energy & Environmental Policy Solutions
Governor Herbert has asked Utah’s community, business and policy leaders to create win-win solutions to achieve Utah’s energy and environmental goals. Inseparably linked, both of these goals are crucial to Utah’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. This panel of policy, business and academic leaders will discuss what is needed to develop and deploy win-win energy and environmental policy solutions.

Driving Rural Economic Growth Through Technology and Range Management
With catastrophic forest fires spreading throughout the West, innovative ways to manage the vast amount of acreage, while lowering the cost to taxpayers, is of primary importance. Through harvesting evasive species like the Pinyon-Juniper and Russian Olive, Utah can restore its range lands and watersheds, gain new farm-able acreage, and grow crucial jobs that will continue to make local farming and ranching sustainable in the future.

11:05 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:05


Diversifying Utah’s Transportation Sector to Improve Local Air Quality
Hear from local experts as they describe recent efforts to transform the transportation sector in Utah. Public and private sector entities are identifying new strategies and approaches to transportation that not only diversify and electrify the fleet but offer additional accessibility, and improved air quality.

Mining Efficiency and Responsible Development are Providing for Utah’s Rise as an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Utah’s modern society relies on innovative natural resource extraction, manufacturing and construction efficiencies for its high quality of life and thriving economy. Learn from a panel of industry leaders how Utah’s mining industry continues to be a global leader in meeting the rising demand for mineral resources while reducing environmental impacts.

The Water-Energy Nexus in the 21st Century
As the second driest state in the nation, Utah has long understood the need to conserve and responsibly utilize our water resources. Specifically in the energy industry, Utah has seen rapid innovations in how water is used to produce energy and how energy is used to move and treat water. Panelists will explore this critical relationship and detail how their respective sectors are working as stewards of the West’s most precious resource.

12:05 – 12:15


12:15 – 1:45

Lunch Plenary

Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor

Featured Sponsor
Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank

Featured Speaker
Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah

Featured Speaker
Dr. Ivy V. Estabrooke, USTAR

Featured Speaker
Rahm Orenstein, Ormat Technologies, Inc.

Brad Platt, Enel Green Power

1:45 – 2:15


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