At Northern Plains we are working to create a clean, affordable, and just energy future for everyone. Achieving that future will take innovation, collaboration, and wrestling with hard questions. Join us for a daylong, virtual event to envision what is possible for Montana’s energy future. We will discuss challenges to achieving the clean, affordable, and just energy future we want to see, and hear from leading experts in the field about energy innovation. We hope to see you there!

 

FRIDAY, OCT 1, 2021

9 AM – 4:45 PM

HOSTED ON ZOOM

 

 

Schedule of Events

 

SESSION 1:

JUST TRANSITION IN MONTANA

 

 

9:00 AM 

Welcome and Framing

9:10 AM 

Presentation: Advancing a Just Transition in United States Coal Communities
Emily Rhodes, Just Transition Fund

This presentation will give an overview of the changing energy economy, identify some of the challenges and opportunities presented by this changing economy, and highlight some case studies from other states.

10:05 AM 

Panel: Just Transition in Montana
Mark Haggerty, Center for American Progress
Charlene Johnson, Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation

These panelists will discuss the situation in Montana- How do we make sure that fossil fuel workers have good paying jobs? What will happen to coal-dependent communities? How did we get here? What are our options?

11:15 AM

BREAK (10 min)

 

 

SESSION 2:

THE ROLE OF POWER COMPANIES IN A TRANSITION TO A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE  

 

 

11:25 AM

Keynote Address
John Farrell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Our keynote speaker will discuss the innovative role that power companies can play in a transition to a clean and just energy future. Across the country, power companies are implementing groundbreaking changes in the way they do business, setting ambitious decarbonizing and emissions reductions goals, and putting the power back in the hands of the people.

12:35 PM

BREAK (40 min)

1:15 PM

Panel: Montana’s Utilities and a Clean Energy Future
Kevin Owens, Beartooth Electric Co-op
John Farrell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Our panelists will explore the role of power companies in bringing about a clean energy future.

2:15 PM

BREAK (5 min)

 

 

SESSION 3:

THE FUTURE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY  

 

 

2:20 PM

Presentation: The Future of the Transmission System
Carl Borgquist, CEO and President of Absaroka Energy

This presenter will talk about the current state of clean energy on the grid and how projects like the Gordon Butte Pumped Hydro Storage Facility can help with a transition to a clean energy future.  

3:20 PM

BREAK (10 min)

3:30 PM

Presentation: Nuclear Energy
Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

Edwin Lyman, Director of Nuclear Power Safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists will talk about the issues at hand with nuclear development. 

4:20 PM

Closing Remarks

4:35 PM

Adjourn