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11th Annual Nebraska Wind &AMp; Solar Conference Presentations and Agenda
October 16 - 17, 2018
Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska
DAY 1 TUESDAY, October 16, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Attendee Check-In, Exhibits Open, Breakfast Sponsored by Clearwater Energy
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Conference Welcome. Presentation of Colors, Chairmen’s Welcome, Nebraska Energy Office Interim Director, Jim Macy's Welcome Remarks
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Efficient Electrification... What is it and Why Now?Rob Chapman, Electric Power Research Institute
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM The Future of the Industry and the Changing Landscape for Renewables
Jeff Clark, The Wind Coalition
Sylvia Bartell, Husch Blackwell
Justin Pickar, Geronimo Energy
Moderator: Gretchen Dolson, HDR, Inc.
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
BREAK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Status of Renewable Projects in Development
David Bracht, Kutak Rock
Moderator: Jim Macy, Nebraska Energy Office

Energy Storage
Thad Kurowski, Tesla
Matt Stedl, Tradewind Energy
Bill Francis, ENGIE
Moderator: Adam Rickel, NextEra Energy Resources
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

CEO's Luncheon Sponsored by GenPro Energy Solutions

Public Power Executives' Presentation
Tom Kent, NPPDTim Burke, OPPDKevin Wailes, LES
Moderator: Stephen Bruckner, Fraser Stryker, PC, LLO

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Planning and Zoning Basics
David Levy, Baird Holm
William Tielke, Holt County Board of Supervisors
Moderator: John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union

Electric Vehicles in Nebraska
Anne McCollister, Nebraska Community Energy Alliance
Moe Alahmad, University of Nebraska -Lincoln
Heather Siebken, OPPD
Scott Benson, LES
Joe Francis, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Moderator: Dave Rich, NPPD

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
BREAK
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

National Survey of Attitudes of Wind Power Project Neighbors
Ben Hoen, Electricity Markets and Policy Group - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Intro: John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
BREAK
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Policy and Legislative Update: State Senators Panel
Senator Wishart, Senator McCollister, Senator Quick, Senator Vargas , Senator Stinner
Moderator: Ken Schilz, Former State Senator

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Networking and Social Time Reception Sponsored by Husch Blackwell, LLP
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY October 17, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Attendee Check-In, Exhibits Open, Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Sol Systems
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Wind and Solar Development in National Security Strategy
Dave Belote, DARE Strategies
Intro: Rich Lombardi, The Wind Coalition

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
BREAK
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

SPP’s Integrated Marketplace and Renewable Energy Evolution
Gary Cate, Southwest Power Pool
Moderator: Paul Williams, Olsson Associates

Small Solar: Behind the Meter
Graham Christensen, GC ReVOLT
Chet McWhorter, Cuming County Public Power District
Moderator: Michael Shonka, Solar Heat and Electric

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
BREAK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Solar Project Development: How to Make Your Project Successful from Day One
Adam Cohen, Ranger Power
Molly Brown, GenPro
Anna Noucas, Sol Systems
Moderator: Dave Rich, NPPD

Growing the Rural Economy with Wind
William Tielke, Holt County Board of Supervisors
John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union
Luke Virgil, Wayne Area Economic Development
Gabriel Steinmeyer, Antelope County Economic Development
Moderator: John O’Connor, Olsson Associates

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Luncheon Sponsored by Fortress Network Solutions

Renewable Energy as an Economic Development Tool
Nicole Sedlacek, NPPD,
Courtney Kennedy,OPPD,
Josh Moenning, Mayor of Norfolk and Director of New Power Nebraska
Moderator: John O’Connor, Olsson Associates

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Wind and Solar Construction Workforce
Dr. Jerry Hudgins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John Liewer, Northeast Community College
Charles Nelson, Nelson Industrial Construction and Engineering
Moderator: Kurt Stradley, LES

Tools in the Permitting Toolbox: The Utility and Drawbacks of Visual Assessments and Shadow Flicker Studies
Brad Wilken, Olsson Associates
William Tielke, Holt County Board of Supervisors
Moderator: Amanda Miller, Olsson Associates

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Closing Remarks and Participant Feedback — John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union
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