Kansas is a unique position in the country when it comes to energy production, with significant resources in both traditional sources, oil and natural gas, and potential for renewable resources including wind, solar and biofuels.
Kansas is among the nation's top 10 states in crude oil production and home to the Hugoton Natural Gas field, one of the nation's largest reserves. It ranks second only to Texas in wind potential and in the top 10 of solar possibilities with an average 200 days a year of sunny weather. In addition, Kansas is among the top 10 ethanol producers in the nation and home to ICM Inc., the nation's leading developer of ethanol distillation technology.
Conference to highlight developments in renewable energy
It is against this backdrop that the 2014 Kansas Energy Conference is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, and Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Topeka. The conference will highlight the latest developments in the renewable energy industry.
General sessions and breakout sessions will focus on different areas of the sector, including wind energy, transportation, agriculture, research, the integration of natural gas and renewable energies, solar energy and smart energy.
The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sept. 16, and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17. All events are at the Kansas Expocentre and Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard in Topeka. Exhibits are open 9:45 a.m.-7 p.m., Sept. 16, and 8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17. A reception is planned from 4:45-7 p.m., Sept. 16.
A complete list of speakers and workshops is available through the Kansas Department of Commerce website at www.KansasCommerce.com/EnergyConference.
General sessions include:
3:45-4:45 p.m., Sept. 16 – State Rep. Annie Kuether, Tyler York with the office of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, and Edward Cross, president of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, will participate in a discussion on energy policy.
9:30-10:30 a.m., Sept. 17 – Amy Hargroves, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability for Sprint, will discuss supplier sustainability efforts and impacting the bottom line.
A complete itinerary and online registration is available through KansasCommerce.com/EnergyConference. The cost is $100, and registration closes Sept. 10.