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Energy summit looks to fuel thought

4th annual energy event scheduled for May 12 to 14 in Craig

Brian Smith

Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, said the upcoming Fueling Thought Energy Summit will provide visitors with a local, national and global perspective on energy development.

"Energy is very near and dear to us, but it is only when we plug in our Blackberry or turn on our light that we expect it to be there," she said.

The fourth annual Fueling Thought Energy Summit, hosted by Yampa Valley Partners, is scheduled for May 12 to 14.

The summit will focus on what is new and different in energy development, Nowak said.

"A lot of times, we go day in and day out with tunnel vision in our little communities and what is happening in our local mine or our local economic development," she said. "What happens out there internationally does affect us here locally, eventually."

Early bird registration to get discounted conference rates ends today.

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A conference pass for May 13 and 14 costs $175 before Friday and $225 after.

Individual day passes also are available. An early bird pass for May 13 costs $125 and a May 14 pass costs $95.

After Friday, a May 13 pass costs $175 and a May 14 pass costs $145.

The highlight of the three-day event will be a presentation from keynote speaker Bob Wendling, an energy consultant with 30 years of experience in the industry.

Wendling will present "Energy Myths and Energy Realities" at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. There is no cost to attend the speech, but donations will be accepted.

The energy summit will start with the Northwest Colorado Energy Producers dinner. The dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, and costs $50 to attend.

Gene Trisko, an attorney with experience in climate change, will give a global view of energy and the future of national legislative and regulatory energy initiatives.

May 13 will offer 11 presentations about subjects such as mining technology and management, the oil and gas technology and market, regional resources, and energy in the future.

The presentations will take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 750 E. Fourth St.

Those presenting May 13 include:

■ Stuart Sanderson, Color­ado Mining Association president, will monitor a roundtable consisting of several area mine managers and representatives. Mining technology and management will be discussed.

■ Don McClure, vice president of government and stakeholder relations for EnCana, will speak about the natural gas industry in Colorado and across the nation.

■ Tom Price, vice president of marketing and business development for the El Paso Corporation's western pipeline group, will give a presentation about the proposed Ruby Pipeline Project.

■ Gary Brannan, Moffat County weed and pest director, will give a presentation about the Northwest Colorado weed partnership.

■ Tom Sharp, a Steamboat Springs attorney, will give a presentation about the Yampa River.

■ Keith Igoe, chief marketing officer for Colorado Forest and Energy, will give a presentation about biomass energy development.

■ Dick Welle, general manager of White River Electric Association, who will give a presentation about his association and energy development in the Piceance Basin.

■ Andy Schroder, general director of logistics and demand of Union Pacific's energy business group, will give a presentation about the Colorado coal network and the economy-shaping coal demand.

■ Mac McLennan, senior vice president of external affairs and member relations for Tri-State, will give a presentation about the impacts of potential climate regulation on the utility industry.

■ Wayne Rowe, of Schlum­berger Carbon Services, will give a presentation about carbon capturing and storage.

May 14 will offer six presentations about subjects such as renewable energies and state energy issues. Those presenting May 14 include:

■ Matt Rush, business manager for Chevron Energy Solutions, will give a presentation about geothermal heating solutions and the current geothermal project at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.

■ Beth Chacon, environmental policy relations manager for Xcel Energy, will give a presentation about Xcel's environmentally-friendly energy development.

■ Angie Fyfe, local programs manager for the Governor's Energy Office, will give a presentation about state programs to help local governments, businesses and residents reduce energy consumption.

■ Vince Matthews, a state geologist and director of the Colorado Geological Survey, will give a presentation about carbon sequestration potential in Colorado and a sequestration project in Craig.

■ Susan Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, will give a presentation about DOLA investments in the Yampa Valley since 1980.

■ Audrey Danner, a Moffat County commissioner, will moderate a legislative panel with five state senators and representatives about energy politics of the past, present and future.

After the presentations, participants can play in a golf scramble, tour Trapper mine, the Craig Station power plant, or participate in an energy efficiency tour.

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