U.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry to keynote at Utah Governor’s Energy Summit

Rick Perry, the 14th United States Secretary of Energy is set to take the stage with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert at the eighth annual Governor’s Energy Summit on May 30, 2019 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Organized by the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, the Summit is the largest event of its kind in the West, drawing more than a thousand attendees and 65 speakers from across the globe to chart new pathways for a vibrant and sustainable energy economy through wise policy, strategic investment and unparalleled partnerships.

“My annual Energy Summit is a further demonstration of Utah’s leadership in advancing crucial conversations that can accelerate wise policy options, strategic investment in infrastructure and innovation, and partnerships near and far,” said Gov. Herbert. “I am proud to host this premier conference that gathers key policy and industry leaders to the table to identify solutions for powering our local and global communities with diverse, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.”

Laura Nelson, the Governor’s energy advisor, and Summit emcee and moderator will kick off the morning plenary (8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.) with a highlight of Utah’s energy successes realized to date.  Her remarks will set the stage for featured keynotes by Gov. Herbert, Sec. Perry, and Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion Energy. Mark Gordon, Wyoming Governor will then join them on stage for the Governor’s Policy Discussion (9:30 – 10:15 a.m.) to address opportunities for leadership regionally and nationally.

“It is an honor to speak at the 8th Annual Governor’s Energy Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah alongside Governors Herbert and Gordon and CEO of Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, II,” said Rick Perry, United States Secretary of Energy.  “I look forward to a productive discussion on America’s rise to a global energy leader, contributing to our country’s booming economy, surge in jobs, and soon to be energy independence.”

The lunch and awards plenary (11:40 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) will focus on accelerating energy success through innovation, with perspectives from Daniel Simmons, the DOE’s assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and leaders from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, sPower, U.S. Green Buildings and Rocky Mountain Power.

The afternoon plenary (2:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will explore advancing domestic energy security and greater geopolitical stability, featuring Steven Winberg, the DOE’s assistant secretary of fossil energy, Colin Cleary, the State Department’s director for energy diplomacy, as well as congressional representatives, and officials from Canada and Mexico.  The Summit will close with a panel on the rising demand of Western LNG in emerging Asian markets, with experts from Bloomberg BNEF, Sempra, Anadarko and CPC Taiwan.

Speaker highlights include:

  • Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah
  • Rick Perry, 14th United States Secretary of Energy
  • Laura Nelson, Utah Governor’s Energy Advisor
  • Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Colin Cleary, Director for Energy Diplomacy for Europe, Western Hemisphere and Africa, U.S. Department of State
  • Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming
  • Thomas F. Farrell, II, CEO, Dominion Energy
  • Jane Liao, CEO of Natural Gas Business, CPC Corporation, Taiwan
  • Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Michael McManus, Senior Director, New Power and Energy Solutions Business, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
  • Hans Isern, Senior Vice President, Power Marketing, sPower
  • Anastacia Dialynas, Senior LNG Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Carlos de la Vega, Director of Commercial Development, Sempra LNG
  • Stephane Lessard, Consul General of Canada in Denver
  • Carlo Bonfante, Secretary for Economic Development, Baja California
  • John R. Curtis, U.S. Representative, R-Utah
  • Chris Stewart, U.S. Representative, R-Utah

Other key features of the event include:

  • Six breakout sessions (10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.)
  • Energy Pioneer and Scholarship Awards (12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Trade Show (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Outdoor Expo and Ride & Drive Event (8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
  • Closing Reception, sponsored by Canada (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

“More than ever before, Utah is leading the regional, national and global energy discussion to power new solutions for our economic and environmental success,” said Laura Nelson, the Utah Governor’s energy advisor, as well as the emcee and moderator throughout the Summit.  “With an unmatched speaker line up, five mainstage panels, and a series of forward-thinking breakout sessions, we anticipate this Summit to be our best yet.”

The full agenda can be found online at GovernorsEnergySummit.com.