There has been an unprecedented interest in renewable energy as sources of sustainable energy. There is a fundamental attractiveness about harnessing such forces in an age which is very conscious of the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels, and where sustainability is an ethical norm.
From Tesla’s Corp’s vision of a sustainable transportation future, to the future of solar energy in Nevada, the ‘Building a Stronger Nevada’ economic development conference provides the critical insight needed to navigate Nevada’s dynamic and changing economy that is both world minded, and locally focused. Network and collaborate with hundreds of connections and listen to top professionals and industry insiders September 20‐22, 2016 at the University of Nevada, Reno, Joe Crowley Student Union. A full schedule and registration forms for the state’s most comprehensive networking and economic development conference are at wndd.org.
The conference’s robust multi‐track format has something for every aspect of business, industry and community leadership including:
The current debate over personal solar power, clean energy options and attracting new energy providers into the state will be part of a robust track on Nevada’s current energy landscape. Highlights from the Energy Track:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 9:15 AM ‐ The Future of Energy
All new projects require energy. But development is stalled waiting for infrastructure. The public is demanding a clear policy and a new direction for their government. This panel discussion, led by Jon Ralston ‐ Nevada’s leading political observer, will include industry stakeholders who will share their understanding of how policy is formed and how we can improve our current situation.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 1:45 PM – Peppermill Geothermal Tour
For several years now the Peppermill Resort Hotel Casino has tapped into existing low‐temperature
geothermal resources to provide District Heating and other benefits to the property. This State of the Art System reduces energy costs and increases guest comfort and serves as a model for other resorts worldwide. This will be a unique opportunity to tour the facility and find out how the property intends to expand the use of the geothermal resource.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 10:15 AM – The Clean Power Plan
US Power plants account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions ‐ more than every car,
truck, and plane in the U.S. combined. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new standards to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Previously, power plants were allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the atmosphere. This was the start of a world‐wide discussion on carbon emissions and the effects on the climate. This session will provide a clear understanding of the Clean Power Plan and Nevada’s NDEP’s 111(d) program and how it will impact Nevada’s current power generation systems and investments in clean renewable resources.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 1:45 PM Energy – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
University of Reno Nevada Debate Teams will debate the question ‐ “Should the State of Nevada pursue a reduction of carbon emissions to 32% of 2005 levels by 2030?”. The debate topic will be around the goals laid out in the 2015 EPA Clean Power Plan. This topic is rich for a discussion of the economic costs and returns from increased investment in wind, solar, and geothermal energy production; the relative savings and difficulties of maintaining the current modes of production including natural gas and carbon; and the need to address infrastructure challenges related to economic growth and energy development.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 3:15 PM – Recruiting Energy Companies to Nevada
The news in Nevada has been filled with stories about policies aimed at blocking rooftop solar and net
metering. In many other states that have embraced deregulation, an open market where competition has led to a clear path for investment and long term solutions. Question 3 on the Nevada Ballot this year is: Shall Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the establishment of an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prohibits the granting of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity? Representatives from the utility and attorneys representing an open grid will discuss this very important topic.
The cost is just $150 and includes opening sessions with keynote speakers, institutes, tours and educational sessions, Exhibit Hall Reception, parking and luncheons for both days. A one‐day conference pass is $100.
Building a Stronger Nevada is presented by the Western Nevada Development District, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Business & Economic Research, USDA Rural Development and Nevada Industry Excellence.
For further information, including registration details, log on to wndd.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WesternNevadaDD/
For media inquiries contact Becky Contos at (775) 848-5275 or Don Vetter at (775) 848-0670