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Wednesday, November 13

9:00 am - 11:00 am Industry Tour
Minnkota Power Cooperative Headquarters
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12:00 pm – 6:30 pm Expo Open
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Opening Remarks

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo Opening Address
North Dakota’s Energy Opportunities
North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford provides insight on North Dakota’s opportunities for new technology, new forms of energy production and the state’s ongoing vision for an all-inclusive, opportunistic energy strategy.
  • Lt. Governor Brent Sanford
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm The Big Energy Picture Keeps Getting Bigger

Keynote Presentations
Hear from energy executives, major project developers, investors, regulators and experts from the wind, power, biofuels, natural gas, oil and other energy sources on the big-picture view of North Dakota’s near- and long-term opportunities and met- or unmet- requirements necessary to drive growth and the always important bottom-line.
  • The Plausibility of A Plastics And Petrochemical Industry In North Dakota
    Don Kopecky, Senior Engineer, Barr Engineering
    Amanda Krieger, Environmental Engineer, Barr Engineering
  • Realizing Location Specific Diversification Opportunities In Ethanol Production
    Eric Mork, Business Development Executive, ICM Inc.
  • Managing Evolving International Supply Chain Issues At The Local Level
    Ron Martin, Vice President, MME Logistics Inc. Special Presentation
  • Drawing National Attention: ND Energy Projects That Will Impact The World’s Understanding Of All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategies
    Project Tundra And The Future of Carbon Capture In North Dakota
    Stacey Dahl, Senior Manager of External Affairs, Minnkota Power Cooperative
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm How Energy Production Realities Impact the Regional Economy
  • The Impact of Bakken Oil Production Activity On Williston Basin Real Estate Markets
    Tom Bradley, President & Co-Founder, Energy Real Estate Solutions (ERES)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Highlights From the Field: Operational Upgrades and New Strategies Driving Major Change Part I
  • How Improvements In Frack Sand Handling And Drying Have Helped Shale Oil Production
    Malcolm Swanson, Vice President, Innovative Products, Astec Inc.
  • Combined Heat and Power Gaining Steam In The Ethanol Industry
    Bernie Hoffman, CEO, TotalGen Services
  • Flaring, Turbine Gensets And The Future Of Onsite Power At North Dakota Energy Sites
    Ryan Zwicker, Director, AFGlobal Corp.
  • The Latest Advancements in Electric Heating And Control Tech For Oil, Gas Market Applications
    Jim Summers, Regional Manager, Chromalox
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
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3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Understanding Opportunities: Possibilities For The Region’s Future Energy Production Mix
  • Why Small Utilities Could Be The Future Of Energy Efficiency In North Dakota
    Gregory Ehrendreich, Research Analyst, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Regional Bioenergy Research Reveals New Developments In Energy Storage Options
    Donald Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Research Institute
  • Creating A National Showplace For Liquid, Solid Energy Products In Jamestown
    -Representative, New Energy Blue
  • Nuclear Energy Production Options In North Dakota
    Steven Curtis, Senior Program Manager, Resource Readiness Group
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception
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Thursday, November 14

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast in the Expo
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8:00 am – 3:00 pm Expo Open
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Opportunities For All Energy In North Dakota And Beyond

Keynote Presentations
Listen to high-level talks on proposed project needs, project updates, energy demand in the Northern Plains, investment opportunities and the place for new technologies or infrastructure development. Also, hear about the shifting desires and demands of regional energy consumers or how global trends will affect North Dakota.
  • Regulation and Oversight Of North Dakota’s Energy Generation Sector
    Brian Kroshus, Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • Project Update: The Red River Valley’s Next Generation Biorefinery
    Keshav Rajpal, Chief Operating Officer, BioMass Solutions
  • Why Alternative Fuels Matter In A Fossil Fuel State
    Jon Hunter, Regional Coordinator, Southern Colorado Clean Cities
  • Electrification of the Oil Field: Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power
    Andra Wilcox, Research Scientist, Houston Advanced Research Center
  • From Tesla To North Dakota: How Charlie Ricketts Is Energizing The Region Through Solar
    Charlie Ricketts, Founder, Dakota Solar Energy
  • State Energy Research Center of North Dakota: Developing the Technologies for the Future of North Dakota Energy
    Thomas Erickson, Director, State Energy Research Center
  • Fueling The Energy Industry Through New Chemistry And Products
    Andy Donlon, Sales Director, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants
  • North Dakota Pipeline Association
    Teresa Hendrickson, Representative, North Dakota Pipeline Association
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch in the Expo
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1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Highlights From the Field: Operational Upgrades and New Strategies Driving Major Change Part II
  • Next Generation of Electric Fracturing and Infield Power
    Steven Goldstein, Unconventional Platform Leader, Baker Hughes
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Biomass Material/Renewables Material Handling
    Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
  • Redefining Pipeline Safety With UAS-Based Inspection Programs
    Toby Kraft, CEO, SolSpec Aerial Analytics
  • Edge Computing For Energy: Using Field Data From Data Centers In A Box
    Hector Diaz, Mission Critical Director, Easter-Owens Electric
  • Supercritical Treatment Technology for Water Purification
    Olusegun Tomomewo, Graduate Student, University of North Dakota
    Nicholas Dyrstad-Cincotta, Engineer, Institute for Energy Studies, University of North Dakota
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Riding The Workforce Wave: Overcoming The Ups and Downs Of Labor And Skill Availability
  • Reducing Behind The Wheel Worries: Vision Zero’s Plan To Reduce Incidents In North Dakota
    Carma Hanson, Representative from North Dakota Department of Transportation
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