2011 Colorado Coal and Power Generation Conference in Craig to be rescheduled

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• The 2011 Colorado Coal and Power Generation Conference scheduled for May 18, 19 and 20 has been moved to an undetermined fall date.

• Organizers will use the extra time to seek out the best potential guest speakers to bring to the area to discuss the importance of coal to the Colorado economy.

• Rescheduling the event will “ensure we have the most informed and timely discussion of these issues and schedule the best possible set of speakers to come to Craig,” organizer said.

People interested in discussing and learning about the future of Northwest Colorado energy will have to keep their fires burning a little longer.

The date for the 2011 Colorado Coal and Power Generation Conference has been pushed back to the fall to allow for further planning.

Conference organizers originally planned the event for May 18, 19 and 20 in Craig, however a news release Wednesday announced the event would be rescheduled.

“It’s important to the citizens of Colorado to have a strong, vibrant dialogue about the benefits and the issues that face coal,” event coordinator Gena Hinkemeyer said in the release.

Hinkemeyer also said in the release that pushing the event back allows organizers “to ensure we have the most informed and timely discussion of these issues and schedule the best possible set of speakers to come to Craig.”

A new date for the conference has not been finalized, but Hinkemeyer said the planning committee is looking at an August or September timeframe.

Craig was named the host city for the conference in early April, three months after Yampa Valley Partners announced that it would not sponsor its annual energy summit, a similar event that focused on numerous area energy industries.

“(The conference) won’t be as big (as the summit) since we’re not dealing with oil and gas,” Hinkemeyer said.

The format of the conference is expected to remain the same.

Original plans for the conference included guest panels and tours of Trapper Mine and Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station, as well as the possibility of including other facilities.

The event also was originally planned to be open to the public.

Hinkemeyer said more information will be made available in the next several weeks, but she believes the change in timing will be beneficial in showing people the importance of the coal industry.

“Our fall event will allow for a timely discussion, given the dynamic political and regulatory environment, and keep coal on the front burner as we move into what will be a pivotal political season,” she said in the release.

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