Kansas Energy Conference Begins in Wichita on Tuesday

1 year ago | Sep 25, 2017 | By: Jessica Lucas
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Contact:  Dorothy Barnett




For Immediate Release: September 25, 2017

Kansas Energy Conference Begins in Wichita on Tuesday

Focus on Innovation and New Technology in Kansas Energy Production and Management

WICHITA, KAN. – Technology advancements, battery storage, and energy efficiency are just a few of the topics participants in the annual Kansas Energy Conference will cover during this year’s event. The Kansas Energy Conference, co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Clean Energy Business Council, kicks off its annual conference Tuesday, September 26, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas, at the Doubletree Hotel.

"Technology advancements are rapidly changing the energy landscape. For those wanting to learn more about how to incorporate advanced energy into a home or business, the conference is a great place to get that information. We'll cover energy policy, transmission opportunities, battery storage, energy efficiency measures, and a host of other topics,” said Dorothy Barnett, co-host and executive director of the Clean Energy Business Council.

Representatives from Southwest Power Pool, Westar Energy, Nest, General Motors, Cromwell Solar, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association are among some of the organizations represented in the conference agenda.  Participants in the conference experience an interactive, informative conference that concentrates on the latest innovations and policy measures and offers insight into how best to integrate advanced energy into the state’s energy framework.

"The past decade has seen tremendous growth in wind development,” said Barnett. "Now we’re seeing opportunities in solar integration, battery storage, and energy efficiency measures. The conference is a great place to familiarize one’s self with these developments and determine if and when they might be an appropriate fit for a home or business.”

Kansas is recognized as having one of the highest generations of sun power in the nation, but generates less than 1 percent of its energy from the sun. "We certainly hope to see the state capitalize on the solar resource we have and look forward to having those conversations at the conference,” Barnett said.

The conference begins Tuesday morning, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. with sessions through noon on Wednesday, Sept. 27. For those interested in learning more about solar integration in their home and business, a post conference workshop will be held from noon – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, immediately following the conclusion of the conference.