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Imperial Valley
Energy / Environment / Economy
7th Annual
Renewable Energy Summit
March 12-14, 2014
Quechan Resort, Winterhaven CA



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Conference Day 1 – Wednesday – March 12, 2014


9:00 AM – 7:00 PM           Registration Opens at Quechan Resort (525 Algodones Rd.,
                                                      Winterhaven, CA  92283)
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM        Bus Tour - Loading will begin at 9:45 AM and will depart promptly at 10:00 AM. 
                                                      Pick up and drop off at the hotel lobby area of Quechan Resort.

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM            Opening Reception sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric at the pool alcove                                          

Conference Day 2 – Thursday- March 13, 2014
8:00 AM                                  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM                                  Exhibit Hall Opens
8:30 AM                                  Welcoming Remarks
                                                     Tom DuBose, Chairman, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation
                                                     James C. Hanks, President, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors,
                                                     Division 3
                                                     John Renison, Chairman, Imperial County Board of Supervisors, District 1
9:05 AM                                  Opening Keynote Speaker
                                                     Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, MidAmerican
                                                     Energy Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway
9:40 AM                                  Panel A - "California's New Energy Future: Statewide Initiatives and
James P. Avery, Senior Vice President, Power Supply, San Diego Gas & Electric
                                                     David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
                                                     Kevin E. Kelley, General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
                                                     Martin Hermann, CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
                                                     David Olsen, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator
                                                     Moderator - V. John White, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency
                                                     and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)

10:50 AM                                Break / Sponsor Recognition
11:05 AM                                Panel B - "Salton Sea Restoration & Renewables Initiative"
                                                     Tom DuBose, President, Development Design & Engineering, Inc. (DD&E)
                                                     Robert W. Hargreaves, Partner, Best Best & Krieger, LLP
                                                     Andy Horne, Deputy County Executive Officer, Natural Resources Development,
                                                     County of Imperial
                                                     Randy Keller, Director of Development, Transmission and Land Assets, CalEnergy
                                                     Operating Corporation (MidAmerican Geothermal)
                                                     Carl D. Stills, Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
                                                     Moderator - Bruce Wilcox, Environmental Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
12:15 PM                                Lunch sponsored by Tenaska Solar Ventures featuring keynote speaker
                                                      Robert A. Ramaekers, Vice President, Tenaska

12:15 PM                                Exhibit Hall Closes
1:30 PM                                   Dessert Break / Exhibit Hall Opens
2:00 PM                                   Breakout Session Block 1
                                                      Option A - "Renewable Energy & Energy Storage"                                                   
                                                      Carlos Chacon, Application Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Storage,
                                                      S&C Electric Company
                                                      Ali Chowdhury, Ph.D., Vice President, Transmission and Interconnection Planning,
                                                      8minutenergy Renewables
                                                      Jim McIntosh, Senior Vice President, Operations, ZGlobal, Inc.
                                                      Moderator -  Timothy E. Kelley, President & CEO, Imperial Valley Economic
                                                      Development Corporation
                                                      Option B - "New Renewables: Emerging Technologies"
Bruce N. Anderson, CEO, Wilson Solarpower Corporation
                                                      Scott Musgrave, Founder and COO, ENRETEC, LLC
                                                      Dr. Rajesh Nellore, Chief Executive, GEITS Corporation
                                                      Tracy Sizemore, Vice President, Development, Simbol Materials
                                                      Moderator - Rick Halperin, MBA, CPA, Principal, Advisory 1                                           
                                                      Option C - "Commercializing Biofuels"
                                                      Dr. James Flatt, President, Genovia Bio, Inc. (Synthetic Genomics, Inc.)
                                                      Janine Kaiser, Economic Analyst, Collaborative Economics
                                                      David R. Rubenstein, Founder, President & CEO, California Ethanol & Power, LLC
                                                      Moderator - Jason Anderson, Interim President, CleanTECH San Diego and
                                                      Executive Director, Cleantech Education Foundation
3:05 PM                                   Break / Sponsor Recognition
3:30 PM                                   Breakout Session Block 2
                                                      Option A - "Imperial County Renewable Energy General Plan Update"

                                                      James Minnick, Interim Director, Imperial County Planning & Development
                                                      Brian F. Mooney, AICP, Managing Principal, Mooney Planning Collaborative
                                                      Moderator - Andy Horne, Deputy County Executive Officer, Natural Resources
                                                      Development, County of Imperial
                                                      Option B - "Renewable Energy: Bridging Education and Workforce"
                                                      Francisco J. Marquez, Director, Imperial County Workforce Development Office
                                                      Efrain Silva, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development, Imperial Valley
                                                      Tammy Spinks, Training Coordinator, Imperial Valley Electrical Training Center
                                                      Moderator - Timothy E. Kelley, President & CEO, Imperial Valley Economic
                                                      Development Corporation
                                                      Option C - "Geothermal Market Valuation"
                                                      Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association
                                                      Carl D. Stills, Energy Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
                                                      Bob Sullivan, Vice President of Business Development, Ormat Technologies, Inc.
                                                      Moderator - Vincent J. Signorotti, Vice President, Resource & Real Estate Assets,
                                                      EnergySource, LLC
                                                      Emcee - Thomas Topuzes,President & CEO, Thomas Topuzes & Associates, LLC

4:30 PM                                   End of Conference Day
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM            Networking Mixer in the Exhibit Hall
6:00 PM                                   Exhibit Hall Closes
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM            Banquet sponsored by the Imperial Irrigation District featuring keynote
                                                       speaker State Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez

Conference Day 3 – Friday – March 14, 2014

8:00 AM                                  Registration Opens

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM       Brunch featuring keynote speaker Karl Gawell, Executive Director,
                                                     Geothermal Energy Association

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM     Geothermal 101
Gene Suemnicht, CEO/Principal, EGS, Inc.

12:00 PM                               Adjournment
 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM         Golf Tournament (Barbara Worth Resort & Country Club, 2050 Country Club
                                                     Dr., Holtville, CA  92250) 

*Draft Agenda times, panels and speakers subject to change.

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