The Kansas Energy Conference will be held Sept. 25-26 in Manhattan, with more than 400 people expected to attend. The conference highlights the latest developments in the renewable energy industry. The day-and-half event will feature three general sessions and several breakout sessions focusing on different areas of the sector, including the community/small wind industry, biomass/biofuels, solar, wind farm development and transportation. Gov. Sam Brownback will open the conference. Attendees will have an opportunity to take a tour of the Riley County Public Works Operations Division facility and see first-hand the operations of several renewable energy sources – wind turbines, solar-powered LED lighting, a solar hot water heating system for radiant floor heat, geothermal (ground source) heat pumps and more. Riley County has been using this facility since 2007.
WHEN/WHERE: 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 25, and 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26 at the Manhattan Conference Center, 410 S. Third St., Manhattan, Kan. 66502. Exhibits are open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sept. 25, and 8:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 26. A reception is planned from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sept. 25.
SPEAKER INFORMATION: A complete list of speakers and workshops is available through Department’s website at KansasCommerce.com/EnergyConference. General session speakers include:
• 9-10 a.m., Sept. 25 – John Graham, president and CEO, BP Wind Energy, who is responsible for wind and solar power development activities, including the $3 billion Flat Ridge 2 project under construction in south central Kansas
• 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sept. 25 – Kevin Rabinovitch, global sustainability director, Mars Inc., who develops and executes strategies and initiatives relating to all aspects of sustainability for Mars North American’s full supply chain and renewable energy projects.
• 9-10 a.m., Sept. 26 – David Terry, executive director of the National Association of State Energy Officials, who will discuss a strategic overview of renewable energy.
Other topics for breakouts include “alternative alternatives,” solar, wind component manufacturing, wind farm development and biomass/biofuels.
JOB BOARD: KANSASWORKS will host a job board to connect renewable energy employers with qualified job seekers. Employers can stop by booth No. 18/19 to post open positions, and job seekers can apply for jobs. A representative from the Manhattan Workforce Center will be available to help employers find candidates. Resume and job search assistance also will be available. Employers can call (877) 509-6757 or visit KANSASWORKS.com to post openings prior to the conference.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: A complete itinerary and online registration is available through KansasCommerce.com/EnergyConference. Cost is $100, and registration closes Sept. 20.
MEDIA NOTES: Media are asked to RSVP to Dan Lara, the Department’s public information officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate which days and/or sessions you wish to attend. Reporters are asked to check in at the registration desk to be issued a media pass.
SPONSORS: The following companies and organizations are sponsoring this year’s conference:
Polsinelli Shughart PC; Black & Veatch; BP Wind Energy; Husch Blackwell LLP and KANSASWORKS.
ITC Great Plains; Kansas Alliance for BioRefining and BioEnergy; and TradeWind Energy.
Black Hills Energy; BTI Wind Energy; Burns & McDonnell; Clean Line Energy Partners; CPV Renewable Energy Company LLC; Ecology and Environment Inc.; EDP Renewables North America; GBA; Infinity Wind Power; Kansas Corn Commission; Kansas Corporation Commission; Kansas Small Business Development Center; Kansas Soybean Commission; KCP&L; Kennedy and Coe LLC; Midwest Energy Inc.; Nordex USA Inc.; Siemens Energy Inc.; Solar Electric Power Association; Stahl, Bernal and Davies LLP; Trane; Westar Energy; Western Area Power Administration; and Wilson and Co.