VIDEO: The Overarching Issues: Transmission and Siting, and Renewables: Renewable Energy Options

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (4th: 2012: Boulder, Colo.)



1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Transmission and Siting

Moderator and Commentator: Rich Halvey, Program Director--Energy, Western Governor's Association


Public Land Siting: Steve Black, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

The Role of Transmission in Renewable Energy: Gary Graham, Director of the Lands Program, Western Resource Advocates, Boulder, CO; Keith Sparks, Director of Development, Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, Houston, TX

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Renewable Energy Options

Moderator: Marilyn Averill, Attorney and Doctoral Student in Environmental Studies, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado, Boulder

Speakers/Panelists: Maureen Hand, Senior Engineer, Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Lakewood, CO; Tom Jensen, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP, Washington, D.C.

Commentator: Paul Komor, Associate Director CU Programs, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado, Boulder


Rich Halvey, Marilyn Averill

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The future of the planet may depend upon our ability to increase energy supplies even as we reduce carbon emissions. This conference will address how a low-carbon energy program might evolve with a particular focus on the American West. It will focus on the future of energy in the West--on a “managed transition” to a different energy mix, on the need to nest this effort in a framework that acknowledges interconnections, and on identifying the most salient opportunities to consider the legal, political, financial, and technical challenges.