14th Annual Energy Conference
June 7 – 8, 2017





Brubaker & Associates – Black & Veatch – Cable Huston LLP – Davison Van Cleve – Energy Strategies, LLC – NIPPC – U.S. Cellular

Promotional Partners

Associated Oregon Industries – Colorado Oil & Gas Association – Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition – PNWER – Portland Business Alliance – LDC Gas Forums – Canadian LNG Conference & Exhibition

Wednesday, June  7:

11:00 a.m. Networking Activities

Golf – Hike – Brew Tour – Painting with Vine Gogh

4:45 p.m. Reception Check-in

5:00 p.m. Opening Reception

6:15 p.m. Dinner, Keynote and Book Signing
***  Gary Sernovitz, Author, “The Green and The Black”  ***

Thursday, June 8:

7:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Conference Opening
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Dan Kirschner, NWGA- Ed Finklea, NWIGU – John Carr, ICNU

Regional Economic Outlook
Grant Forsyth, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Avista Corporation

Natural Gas Fundamentals
Josh McCall, BP, Fundamental Analytics Director

Strategies for Energy Purchasing
Gayle McCutchan, Vice President, Calpine Energy Solutions

Washington vs Washington, D.C. 
Mona Tandon, Bryn Karaus, and Brent Carson, Van Ness Feldman

Challenges and Opportunities for Natural Gas in a Decarbonized Economy
George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCal Gas

The Promise of Renewable Natural Gas
Johannes D. Escudero, CEO and Executive Director, The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

Cost of Electrification
Jeff Burks – Energy Strategies

Perspectives on the Future of Natural Gas: A Panel Discussion
Fred Huette, Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition
Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works 

Conference Wrap Up
Dan Kirschner, NWGA- Ed Finklea, NWIGU – John Carr, ICNU

4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Attire: Business Casual

Skamania Lodge: Discounted rates are $152, plus lodge fees and taxes for a forest view room and $172, plus lodge fees and taxes for a river view room. The Lodge now has a 5-day cancellation policy. The lodge is currently SOLD OUT for the night of June 8, you may request to be put on the waitlist.  Reservations are available now by contacting the Lodge 1-800-221-7117 and let them you are attending the Annual Energy Conference. Make online using the code 1XW46U.

Alternative Lodging Options:

Best Western Plus at Columbia River Inn                           Columbia Gorge Inn
735 WaNaPa Street                                                                    404 Wa Na Pa Street
Cascade Locks OR 97014                                                         Cascade Locks OR 97014 
Reservations: 541-374-8777                                                    Telphone:  541-374-0015
                                                                                                       Online Reservations


Please choose only one networking activity; these events run concurrently. See below for descriptions and associated fees. You will be contacted by staff via email to confirm and complete registration.

Golf: The Skamania golf course is par 70 with an 18-hole course putting green. Foursomes will be arranged to make groups equal. Golf scramble rules apply. Boxed lunch and beverages are available before you tee off. $80 per person.

FullSizeRender[6]Hike: We have planned a hike for you in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Bring your hiking boots, water bottles, and cameras! Boxed lunch, beverages, and snacks are supplied. 2016’s group took a tour of Bonneville Dam. $50 per person.  3 SPACES AVAILABLE

FullSizeRender[9]Brewery Tour: The Columbia Gorge is home to some of the greatest brews and spirits with Hood River being a cornerstone of Oregon’s beer culture. Come along and sample some of the region’s best beers. $50 per person.                  3 SPACES AVAILABLE

Vine Gogh Painting: Join us for lunch, wine, and painting. The instructors specialize in helping those who have never even thought of painting before. You will be walked step by step through the whole process from a blank canvas to finished painting. You’ll be taught how to hold the brush, mix colors, and apply the paint.  $50 per person.

Refund, less $50 fee, will be given up to May 26, 2017. After that date, we have already confirmed headcounts and committed to your cost of attendance. We are happy to allow substitutions by calling 503.344.6637.

Continuing Education Credits: The CLEs are being applied for and if acceptance is received attorneys (Oregon and Washington) can earn CLEs for the attendance at the annual energy conference.