In Idaho Falls, ID, energy experts are convening at the Intermountain Energy Summit to discuss the future of the region’s energy industry. The summit started Aug. 19 and continues Aug. 20. The goal of the event is to ensure a sustainable, economically fruitful industry that favors both energy companies and consumers.
Featured speakers include the U.S. Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz; Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; USNRC Commissioner Kristine L. Svinicki; U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson and author Robert Bryce. Each morning includes a breakfast and remarks from various politicians and experts. Afterward, there are several panels.
Today the speakers will discuss the current state of the region’s energy industry, options for local drilling, collaboration between the local industry and industries beyond and various future scenarios. Tomorrow’s topics are future approaches to energy transmission, advancing innovation and a summary of the summit’s discussions. The event will also feature a booth displaying new LED light technology. The Idaho Falls mayor, Rebecca Casper, hopes that the summit will become an annual occurrence.
Gatherings like this should eventually lead to less expensive and more sustainable energy industries. While some issues face political hurdles, these events are held to encourage cooperation among various entities. Frequently, tensions between politicians and companies and consumers hinder progress.
Various policymakers prioritize sustainability more highly than others and, of course, some politicians still believe that climate change is either fictional or irrelevant. Plus, energy companies want to turn a profit while customers want cheaper prices. There is also the problem of green energy. Many people believe wind power and other eco-friendly generation methods threaten the industry and job creation.
Luckily, a large number of energy companies are sponsoring the summit. The presenting sponsors are Fluor and the Idaho National Laboratory. The event’s “gold” sponsors are B&W; CH2M HILL; CH2M-WG, Idaho, LLC; Huntington Ingalls Industries; the city of Idaho Falls; NuScale Power; and the Post Register. Lastly, the summit’s supporting sponsors are the American Nuclear Society; Areva; Snake River Landing; the Bonneville Power Administration; Grow Idaho Falls, Inc.; Idaho Falls Power; Intermountain Gas Company; Partnership for Science & Technology; North Wind; the Northwest Public Power Association; Sinclair; Richardson Adams, PLLC Attorneys at Law; and Rocky Mountain Power.
Online registration is closed, but you can sign up for the event onsite starting today at 7 a.m. and tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.