The Sixth Annual Governor's Utah Energy Development Summit

May 3-4, 2017  Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City



Join the Global Energy Discussion


By 2040, the world’s energy consumption will have increased by nearly 50 percent.  Advancing innovative solutions for energy and mineral development is key to powering our bright future.  Under the leadership of Governor Gary R. Herbert, the Summit will knit together the diverse perspectives of nearly one hundred speakers to chart new paths for the sector’s responsible growth at home and abroad.  The two-day conference and trade show is once again expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees, making it the largest event of its kind in the Intermountain West.


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"In the world of energy, we must face new realities, we must confront new challenges, and we must envision and act upon new opportunities!"

— Governor Gary R. Herbert

2017 Energy Development Summit Speakers

Featured Speakers

May 3 Advancing Strategic Partnerships for Powering a Global Energy Economy

May 4 Governor's Policy Discussion


Jason Perry

University of Utah

Vice President for Government Relations Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics

May 4 Reimagining Mining for a New Era of Mineral Development Panel

Breakout / Other Featured Speakers

Innovations Fueling Our Future


Located in the heart of the Western Energy Corridor, Utah is home to a vast array of energy and minerals resources.  The State recognizes the value of advancing opportunities across all sectors, including traditional and unconventional fossil fuels, renewable resources, energy efficiency, and conservation.  By threading key relationships across industry, renowned institutions, and laboratories, Utah is setting the standard for energy research and innovation through hybrid and modular technologies, advanced power systems, and smart cities innovations.


May 3, 2017

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Registration & Trade Show

2:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Opening Plenary

Summit Welcome: Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor

Keynote: Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Remarks: Lew Cramer, CEO, Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

International Keynote Speaker: His Excellency Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.

  • Panel: Advancing Strategic Partnerships for Powering a Global Energy Economy

    Moderated by Franz Kolb, Director of Diplomacy and International Protocol, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

    • Thomas Schuck, Managing Director, SHS Strukturholding Saar GmbH
    • His Excellency Abdulla Alsaboosi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates, Los Angeles
    • Christophe Perez, Head of International Networks, Team Côte d’Azur
    • His Excellency Geronimo Guiterrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.

    Over the next twenty five years the world's population is expected to approach ten billion people. Rapid growth, increased urbanization, and an expanding middle class in emerging economies will place unprecedented demands on global energy resources. Major transformations in the global energy supply will be required to meet these needs without compromising environmental goals. Join consul generals from around the globe as they discuss best practices, emerging trends, and leadership strategies for succeeding in the global energy economy.

Utah Energy Workforce Scholarship Awards

Presented By Mitra Kashanchi, Refinery Manager, Chevron Salt Lake

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Hors d'oeuvres & Trade Show

May 4, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Check-In & Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Welcome Plenary

Summit Welcome: Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor’s Energy Advisor

Featured Speaker: Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah

Remarks: Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Inaugural Sponsor: Gary Hoogeveen, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Rocky Mountain Power

Inaugural Sponsor: Craig Wagstaff, President, Dominion Questar

Keynote: David Bywater, CEO, Vivint Solar

9:15 AM - 9:25 AM

Trade Show & Networking

9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Governor's Policy Discussion

Keynote: Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute

Moderated by Jason Perry, Vice President for Government Relations, Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah

  • Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah
  • Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming
  • Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute

10:40 AM - 10:50 AM

Trade Show & Networking

10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

Morning Breakouts

USTAR Innovation Room

  • Exploring Energy Opportunities in a New Political Landscape

    The recent national elections have brought significant changes to Washington, D.C.. New leadership has generated new expectations and opportunities to advance energy development. Governor Herbert's Chief of Staff, Justin Harding, will lead a discussion with Former Wyoming Governor David Freudenthal and other policy and industry leaders to examine the influence of emerging federal energy policy on energy development in the West.

  • Charting New Technology Paths for Energy

    The world’s energy consumption is projected to double over the next twenty five years. New innovative technologies will be needed to meet this demand successfully. A panel of experts will discuss an all-of-the-above approach to energy resource solutions, including next generation concepts for nuclear energy, enhanced geothermal power, advanced coal systems and global manufacturing.

  • Transportation Solutions for Improved Air Quality

    Transportation advancements play an important role for improved air quality in Utah. Many of the most promising initiatives for utilizing Utah's affordable and reliable energy sources to drive air quality improvements forward are expanding the use of electric vehicles, bringing tier 3 fuel and vehicles to Utah's market and exploring and implementing smart mobility efforts like public transportation and car sharing programs. A panel of experts will evaluate the innovative approaches, investment benefits both short and long-term, and the timeline for these effective air quality improvement tools in Utah's toolbox. These effective efforts will ensure Utah's elevated quality of life and strong economy to continue.

  • Capitalizing on Energy Financing Strategies

    Promising energy development projects are often delayed or shelved because of large upfront costs and financing challenges. The financial community has begun to develop a variety of financial products more tailored to the energy sector. Financial and policy leaders will discuss innovative financial strategies and approaches to align proposed projects with the optimal financial tools.

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Trade Show & Networking

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Awards

Title Sponsor: Ryan Creamer, CEO, sPower

Energy Pioneer Awards

Presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert

Keynote: Ron Gerrard, Senior Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety and Manufacturing Excellence, Huntsman Corporation

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

Trade Show & Networking

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM

Afternoon Breakouts

USTAR Innovation Room

  • Optimizing an Electrical Transmission System in Flux

    The U.S.'s predominant large-scale power transmission systems are experiencing unprecedented shifts in policy and marketplace forces, including the rise of distributed power generation. Successfully navigating these changes will require thoughtful, innovative and timely planning and investments. Leaders in the power sector will discuss how best to meet the emerging needs of an electrical transmission system in flux.

  • Promoting Best Practices for Building Innovation

    Utah is the fastest growing state in the country. To successfully accommodate this growth, Utah's diverse communities are finding innovative approaches to planning and building that better utilize energy and other resources. A panel of experts will provide examples of Utah's leadership in planning and developing innovative communities that advance Utah’s economy, jobs, environment and quality of life.

  • Building the Energy Workforce of Tomorrow

    Utah has the top ranked economy in the nation. A skilled workforce is a key ingredient to Utah's successful economic formula. To sustain this momentum, Utah is committed to developing a highly-skilled workforce through innovative, targeted, and engaging education programs. A panel of experts will discuss the key workforce investments needed to continue the development of Utah’s energy and minerals economy.

  • Accelerating Infrastructure Development for a Brighter Energy Future

    Located in the heart of the Western Energy Corridor, Utah has world-class energy and mineral resources. Innovative infrastructure is critical to delivering Utah's resources to global markets. This expert panel will explore how increased infrastructure investment can usher in an era of innovation, global exports and rural job creation in Utah, including the development of strategic inland ports.

2:10 PM - 2:20 PM

Trade Show & Networking

2:20 PM - 4:30 PM

Afternoon Plenary

Keynote: Bill O’Rouke, Retired Vice President, Alcoa

  • Panel: Reimagining Mining for a New Era of Mineral Development

    Moderated by Jeff Hartley, Managing Partner, Sage Government Solutions

    • Craig Stegman, Vice President Growth & Innovation Copper Group, Rio Tinto
    • Grant Quasha, Chief Commercial Officer, Bowie
    • Jon Treen, Senior Vice President, Mining Business Line, Stantec
    • Harvey Scott, Corporate Development & Strategy, Redmond, Inc
    • Bryon Hartle, Minerals & National Security Associate Professor, Dwight D. Eisenhower School

    The 21st Century is ushering in an era of unprecedented innovation in mining, including energy solutions for remote mining, wireless communication and automation, and global workforce integration. Navigating market volatility requires the ability to respond effectively to price fluctuations through production efficiencies, flexible logistics, environmental controls, and financing options. This plenary panel discussion will bring together mining leaders from around the world to discuss the future of mineral development in a shifting policy and market landscape.

4:30 PM

Keynote: Dennis Gartman, Editor and Publisher, The Gartman Letter, CNBC Contributor

Summit Concludes

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