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Monday, July 23

9:15am AKDT

Carbon Policy and Energy Reliability
Energy Reliability in the Pacific Northwest

Current and proposed clean energy requirements and targets in Northwest cities,
states, and provinces that may impact grid reliability for consumers and industry. How
can these goals be achieved without any loss of reliability of the region-wide system?
How do we achieve climate targets while ensuring reliability for the public in the energy
systems which cross multiple boundaries?

Moderated by Phil Jones, former commissioner of the Washington Utilities and
Transportation Commission, Phil Jones Consulting,
George Caan, Executive Director, Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Amy Wheeless, Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
John Ollis, Power System Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Carl Imfoff, Manager Electricity, Market Sector, Pacific NorthWest National Laboratory
Arne Olson, Senior Partner, E3

Status of Carbon Policy in PNWER Jurisdictions

What is being proposed in your jurisdiction? How is your jurisdiction maintaining
competitiveness? What methodology is your jurisdiction using to measure carbon?

Sen. Michael Dembrow, Oregon
Robyn Luff, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Alberta
Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Government of British
David Brock,  Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change & Adaptation, Ministry of Environment
Washington State Legislator

Co-chairs: Rep. Deb Boone, Oregon

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David Brock

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan
David M. Brock is Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change & Adaptation, Ministry of Environment. In this role, he is responsible for overall strategic policy development as well as coordinating the analysis of cumulative effects. He has worked as a civil servant in Regina, Yellowknife... Read More →
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George Caan

Executive Director, Washington Public Utility District Association
George Caan has served as the executive director of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association since March of 2011. He serves as the professional leader and chief administrator of the 75-year-old trade association that represents 26 public utility districts across the state... Read More →

Michael Dembrow

Senator, Oregon State Legislature
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Hon. Robyn Luff

MLA, Canadian Legislative Assembly
Robyn Luff was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-East.  She serves as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services. Before being... Read More →

John Ollis

Power System Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
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Honourable Lana Popham

Minister of Agriculture, Government of British Columbia
Lana Popham was first elected MLA for Saanich South in 2009, since then she has been relected twice and is currently serving as British Columbia’s Minister for Agriculture. Lana grew up on Quadra Island where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Meeting Room 1

2:30pm AKDT

Shared Energy Economy - New approaches to delivering energy services
  • Curt Kirkeby, Technology Strategist, Avista
  • Michael Frank, Vice President, McKinstry
(Catalyst: Creating a Shared Energy Economy)

Energy Innovation and Research
  • Ronald B. Melton, Ph.D., Team Lead, Electricity Infrastructure Integration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Electric power system technologies: software and battery storage)
  • Anurag K Srivastava, Associate Professor, Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL), Washington State University
  • Nate Sandvig, Director, US Strategic Growth, National Grid Ventures
    • The Role of Utility-Scale Pumped Storage Hydropower in a Clean Energy Economy for the Pacific Northwest

Turning Waste into Energy: renewable natural gas
Moderated by Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
  • David Bennett, Director Communications and External Relations, FortisBC
  • Jim Jensen, Senior Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University
  • Evan Williams, President, Cambrian Energy; Chairman, The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

Action Items and Discussion

Hosted by BP

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Dan Avery

Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Dan Avery is a senior renewable energy policy analyst with Oregon Department of Energy who workswith public and private interests to help advance renewable energy opportunities and their supportingpolicy.Dan believes that sustainability, in the social, economic and environmental sense... Read More →
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David Bennett

Director of Communications and External Relations, FortisBC
DAVID A. BENNETT is Director, Communications and External Relations, for FortisBC. He is responsible for all corporate and customer communications, government, municipal and aborigina lrelations. David has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, holding positions... Read More →
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Michael Frank

Vice President of Engineering, McKinstry
Michael oversees all McKinstry engineering teams. He is passionate about designing for performance and is proud to work with and manage a team of amazing engineers who are also active participants in the communities in which they live and work. Over the course of his career, he’s... Read More →
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Jim Jensen

Senior Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University
Jim Jensen is Washington State University’s senior bioenergy and alternative fuels specialist. He conducts research and provides up-to-date information and technical assistance about bioenergy and alternative fuels and vehicles. Jensen supports federal and state agencies, local... Read More →
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Curt Kirkeby

Electrical Engineer, Avista Utilities
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Dan Kirschner

Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
As Executive Director of the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA), Kirschner is an expert on natural gas in the Pacific Northwest. He works to foster understanding and informed decision-making on natural gas issues in the region. Prior to the NWGA, Kirschner worked in the Washington State... Read More →
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Ron Melton

Senior Power Systems Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Melton is the Team Lead for Electricity Infrastructure Integration, a Senior Power Systems Researcher and Project Manager in the Electricity Infrastructure Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He is the Principal Investigator for the DOE Advanced Grid Research... Read More →
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Nate Sandvig

Director, US Strategic Growth, National Grid Ventures
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Anurag K. Srivastava

Associate Professor, Washington State University
Anurag K. Srivastava is an associate professor of electric power engineering at Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System Innovation Center (ESIC). He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical... Read More →
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Evan Williams

President, Cambrian Energy Developments
Evan Williams is responsible for the structuring of Cambrian’s energy projects.  In doing so, Evan works with landfill owners and energy customers and their legal counsel to arrive at agreements that reflect a fair sharing of both responsibilities and benefits.  These agreements... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Maple Ballroom
Tuesday, July 24

9:15am AKDT

Infrastructure Resilience
How do we prepare our buildings and infrastructure for disasters and climate change impacts? What are the next steps to create a resilient Northwest?

PNWER Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-low Energy Buildings in the Pacific Northwest
PNWER is advancing the development of a “Roadmap” to improve resilience and energy efficiency for new and existing buildings through “net zero” emissions construction targets and deep energy retrofits of existing buildings by 2030. Efficient buildings encourage job creation, affordability, competitiveness, and resilience. Through consultations with all levels of government and the private sector, the Roadmap will develop market-driven strategies to promoting energy efficiency in each jurisdiction by focusing on policy options; market driven solutions; best practices; innovative technologies and construction materials; industry capacity building; and workforce developments.

Evan Reis, Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Andrew Pape-Salmon, Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Hosted by FortisBC,  Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association, Energy Trust of Oregon,  RDH Building Science, Construction center of Excellence, & BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

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Andrew Pape-Salmon

Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Government of British Columbia
Andrew Pape-Salmon is the Executive Director of the Building and Safety Standards Branch with the BC Government. The Branch is responsible for: The Building Act and building regulations such as the BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes, including the Energy Step Code, Homeowner Protection... Read More →
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Evan Reis

Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Evan Reis, SE, is the Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council. He graduated from Stanford University in 1988. The following year he was back down on the Farm, helping the University recover from the Loma Prieta Earthquake, as the structural engineer for the retrofit of its... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Birch Ballroom

2:30pm AKDT

Energy Innovations
Strengthening Innovation Ecosystems 

Federal agencies and state governments make significant investments in the research and development of energy technologies to address critical National mission needs.  There remains at this time however, significant unrealized commercial potential from these investments due to the “valley of death” that exists between a research prototype and a commercialized product.  New coordinated regional public-private partnerships are needed to bridge the valley of death and accelerate the development and deployment of these energy innovations.  

The Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance (NEIA) is a consortium that has been formed to address this challenge.  The NEIA marshals the Northwest (NW) Region’s innovation capabilities, resources, markets and opportunities to accelerate the transition of energy technologies to increase U.S. prosperity, competitiveness and job creation.   The NEIA consists of member organizations from five NW states (AK, ID, OR, MT, WA) representing strong regional energy research, technology, business, financial and educational assets.  It aims to develop a globally competitive energy industry sector in the Northwest

… that draws upon energy-focused R&D from regional institutions
… and is globally recognized as one of the sought-out locations    
… for energy companies, professionals and policy makers to locate.

In short, the NEIA aspires to make the NW region an energy technology peer to California and New York.

The NEIA drives energy innovation through coordination of its members’ capabilities and programs that span the energy technology lifecycle - from research and development to prototyping, technology validation, pilot projects, and commercial demonstrations.  Alliance members’ efforts will be aligned along a common Innovation Value Chain for transforming ideas and early stage prototypes into commercial outputs.  This panel will feature NEIA members discussing approaches to strengthening innovation ecosystems, with a focus on the NW energy sector.

  • Malin M. Young, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Mike Hagood, Director, Regional Initiatives, INL
  • Tom Ranken, CEO and President, CleanTech Alliance
  • David Kenney, President & Executive Director, Oregon BEST
  • George Roe, Research Professor, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Hosted by Battelle

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Mike Hagood

Director, Regional Initiatives, INL
Michael Hagood is the Director of Regional Initiatives at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), where he provides leadership in advancing energy and security innovation in support of Northwest and Intermountain West energy transitions. Mike works across the INL mission areas, the Center... Read More →
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David Kenney

President and Executive Director, Oregon BEST
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Tom Ranken

CEO and President, CleanTech Alliance
Tom is President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. Under his leadership, membership has grown by a factor of eight to 300 companies, research institutions, and other organizations in six U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.Prior to joining the Alliance, Tom co-founded and was CEO... Read More →
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George Roe

Research Professor, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
George Roe is a member of the research faculty at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, affiliated with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) where he serves as deputy director.  His work focuses on development, adaptation and integration of energy grid technologies, working in conjunction with industry, utilities, federal agencies and communities. He is the principal investigator for the Alaska Center for Microgrid Techn... Read More →
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Malin Young

Deputy Director for Science & Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Malin Young began serving as Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in October 2015.  She is responsible for integrating PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Cedar Ballroom
Wednesday, July 25

7:30am AKDT

Energy Tour
Please join us to tour one of the world's leading developers of smart communities, Itron in Liberty Lake, WA outside of Spokane. Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We will then stop at Urbanova. Two years in the making, Urbanova's plan was formalized September 2016 with partners including the Spokane city government, Avista, Itron, engineering firm McKinstry, and Washington State University.

Wednesday July 25, 2018 7:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
Davenport Grand Hotel

9:15am AKDT

Columbia River Treaty: Session I
Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • Working Group Co-Chairs
    • Sen. Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
    • David Hill, Director, Centres & Institiutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

Canada and U.S. Negotiations
Lead negotiators to give a brief overview about the negotiation process.
  • Jill Smail, Columbia River Treaty Negotiator, Office of Canadian Affairs, US State Department
  • Sylvain Fabi, Executive Director, U.S. Transboundary Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Roundtable Listening Session
Opportunity for stakeholders to share the benefits and impacts of the Treaty, focusing on areas including ecosystems, tribal groups, utilities, tourism, agriculture, recreation, and more.
Government and Elected Officials:
  • Mark Peck, Commissioner, Lincoln County
  • Jerry Bennett, Commissioner, Lincoln County
  • Mike Cole, Commissioner, Lincoln County
  • Wes McCart, Commissioner, Stevens County
  • Deb Kozak, Mayor, City of Nelson
  • Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
  • Tom Kammerzell, Commissioner, Port of Whitman
  • Kristin Meira, Executive Director, PNW Waterway Association
  • Paul Amos, Captain, Columbia River Pilots
Tribal Government:
  • JoDe L. Goudy, Chairman, Yakama Nation Tribal Council
Non-Government Organizations and Academics:
  • John Osborn, MD, Ethics & Treaty Project Coordinator, Center for Environmental Law & Policy
  • Kindy Gosal, Director of Special Initiatives, Columbia Basin Trust
  • Greg Utzig, P.Ag., Kutenai Nature Investigations Ltd.
  • Barbara Cosens, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law
  • Andrew Munro, Senior Manager, Grant County PUD
  • Tim Culbertson, General Manager, Columbia Basin Hydro
Agriculture and Water Users:
  • Marci Green, President, WA Association of Wheat Growers
  • Michelle Hennings, Executive Director, WA Association of Wheat Growers
  • Tom Myrum, Executive Director, Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA)
Legislative Panel
Featuring representatives of jurisdictions surrounding the Columbia River to talk about effects of the CRT on livelihood.
  • Rep. Mary Dye, Washington State
  • Rep. Bruce Chandler, Washington State
  • Sen. Jim Honeyford, Washington State
  • Sen. Maralyn Chase, Washington State
  • Sen. Lee Heider, Idaho State
  • Speaker Scott Bedke, Idaho State
  • Rep. Mike Cuffe, Montana State
  • Sen. Keith Regier, Montana State Legislature
  • Minister Katrine Conroy, British Columbia
  • Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament
  • Richard Cannings, Member of Parliament

Click here for the TVW broadcast of the event

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Rep. Scott Bedke

Representative, Idaho State Legislature
Born in Twin Falls, Bedke graduated from Oakley High School, and later received his Bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University. He is the former president of the Idaho Cattle Association, former director of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a former Oakley... Read More →
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Rep. Bruce Chandler

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Bruce Chandler is serving his ninth term representing the 15th District, which is located in east Yakima County. Representative Chandler focuses on policies promoting water storage, economic growth and the safety of Washington's families. After serving several years as the ranking... Read More →
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Sen. Maralyn Chase

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
Senator Maralyn Chase is honored to represent the views and values of the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District.  She is guided by a firm commitment to principles of sustainability, justice and fairness and the Golden Rule. Senator Chase is the new Democratic Chair of the Senate... Read More →
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Hon. Katrine Conroy

Minister for MCFD; Minister responsible for CRT, CBT, and CPC, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for Kootenay West in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She served as MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary from 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn. She is the Minister of Children and Family Development. Minister Conroy served as the... Read More →
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Rep. Mike Cuffe

Legislator, Montana State Legislature
Mike Cuffe is a native of Lincoln County, Montana. He graduated from Lincoln County High School and earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Montana at Missoula. While many people in his generation elected to leave Lincoln County to pursue jobs elsewhere, Representative... Read More →
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Rep. Mary Dye

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Mary Dye has lived in the 9th District most of her life, where she operates a 3,000-acre wheat farm with her husband, Roger. They also tend to 3,000 sheep on the farm. The Dyes pride themselves on creativity and innovation in agronomic practices and advancing new technologies that... Read More →
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Sylvain Fabi

Executive Director, U.S. Transboundary Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Sylvain Fabi (BBA, Bishop’s University) worked in sales and marketing for pharmaceutical multinationals before joining a consulting firm specialized in small and medium-sized enterprises. He joined the Trade Commissioner Service of External Affairs and International Trade Canada... Read More →
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Sen. Lee Heider

Senator, Idaho Legislature
First elected to the chamber in 2010, Heider is chair of Idaho’s Health and Welfare committee, and is also a member of the Resources and Environment Committee. Heider earned his B.S. in Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University and his M.P.A. from Ball State University. His... Read More →
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David Hill

Program Director; Working Group Co-chair, Alberta Water Research Institute
David Hill is jointly appointed by Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge as the Director of Development for the Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program. This initiative integrates academic training, fundamental and applied research from the college and university... Read More →
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Sen. Jim Honeyford

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Senator Honeyford has been a member of Washington’s Legislative Leadership for an extended period of time; serving as Republican Deputy Floor Leader (2015, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2009-10) Republican Caucus Chair (2005-06), Majority Caucus Chair (2004) and Republican Whip (2001-02). Senator... Read More →
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Mayor Deb Kozak

Mayor, City of Nelson, BC
Deb Kozak is the first woman to serve as Mayor of the City of Nelson. During Deb’s three terms on City Council she became the President of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. Deb also chairs the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee and is passionate... Read More →
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Richard Cannings, MP

Member of Parliament, House of Commons
A renowned natural historian, Richard Cannings was elected in 2015 as Member of Parliament for South Okanagan – West Kootenay. Cannings has worked tirelessly to protect B.C.’s great outdoors. He served for over a decade on the B.C Environmental Appeal Board and for eight years... Read More →
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Wayne Stetski, MP

Member of Parliament, House of Commons
Wayne Steski has spent his entire life in public service. As Mayor of Cranbrook, Stetski brought a collaborative approach to City Hall. As a Director on the Regional District of Easy Kootenay Board, he represented the region on the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee... Read More →
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Sen. Keith Regier

Senator, Montana State Legislature
Senator Keith Regier is a retired elementary teacher who served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015, and was elected to the Montana Senate for the 2017-19 term. During his tenure as a state representative, Senator Reiger served as the House Majority Whip in 2011... Read More →
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Jill Smail

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Jill Smail joined the Office of Canadian Affairs as the U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator in October 2017. From July 2009-September 2017, she served as the Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Environment, Science, Technology, and Health, with a focus on Middle... Read More →

Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Birch Ballroom