The 2015 IES on the "water-energy nexus" will focus on the Intermountain region's role in developing what Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls "a focused and well-coordinated public-private approach to the energy-water nexus issues (that) can promote economic growth and lead to new breakthrough technologies in water and energy resiliency."
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Introducing our kickoff keynote speaker:
Jonathan M. Weisgall
Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Jonathan M. Weisgall, 66, is vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on energy issues since 1990. Weisgall graduated from Columbia College AND Stanford Law School and previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. at
Covington & Burling.
BHE's energy business portfolio includes: PacifiCorp, MidAmerican Energy, NV Energy, Northern Powergrid, Northern Natural Gas, Kern River Gas Transmission Company, BHE Renewables, CalEnergy Philippines, AltaLink, BHE US Transmissions, Home Services of America.
Other featured speakers:
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Water and Energy.
John Kotek, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy.
John will address the U.S. nuclear energy R&D program and things DOE is doing to reduce water use and otherwise make nuclear energy even more environmentally acceptable.
Kristine Svinicki, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner.
James Ogsbury, executive director of the Western Governors Association.
Jim joined WGA in 2012. Born and raised in Arizona, he has extensive experience with the issues that are important to the region. Prior to joining WGA, Jim served as legislative director for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. A graduate of Harvard College and Arizona State University College of Law, Jim also has served as the clerk and staff director for the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD).
Lek has over 29 years of management experience in both government and the private sector, with broad experience in leading organizational change and improvement, policy development, resource management, information management and technology.
Other speakers, moderators and panelists to be announced soon.
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