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Wind Energy & Transmission: The South Dakota Landscape
Nov. 29-30, 2007
Sioux Falls, S.D.

About 200 people attended a two-day forum to discuss wind energy topics. South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson is a member of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, which co-sponsored the event with the American Wind Energy Association.

OPENING REMARKS
South Dakota Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard
           Audio file

TRANMISSION AND OPERATIONAL NEEDS TO SUPPORT SOUTH DAKOTA'S WIND
Charlie Smith, NWCC Transmission Workgroup and Executive Directory, Utility Wind Integration Group
           Audio file
           Presentation

20% WIND ENERGY: SOUTH DAKOTA'S ROLE
The President's Advanced Energy Initiative calls for 20 percent wind energy in the U.S. Panelists discussed the role South Dakota could play in realizing that vision.
Moderator: Rep. Joel Dykstra, South Dakota House of Representatives

  • 20% Wind Energy
    • Steve Lindenberg, Acting Program Manager, Wind and Hydropower Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy, presentation

  • Wind Integration Opportunities: Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study
    • Dave Corbus, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, presentation
    Audio file Lindenberg & Corbus
  • Transmission Development & How South Dakota Fits into the Picture
  • South Dakota Contributions to 20% Wind
    • Audio file
    • Hunter Roberts, Assistant Energy Director, South Dakota Energy Infrastructure Authority, presentation
    • Tom Feiler, Regional Development Manager, Clipper Windpower
TRANSMISSION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
           Audio file
           Moderator: Sen. Dave Knudson, South Dakota Senate
  • Randall Oye, Transmission Access Analyst, Xcel Energy, presentation
  • Clair Moeller, Vice President, Transmission Asset Management, Midwest ISO, presentation
  • Ed Weber, Manager, Transmission System Planning, Western Area Power Administration, presentation
  • Craig Poorker, Senior Field Representative, Great River Energy and Routing Lead, Brookings Line, presentation
LEADERS' PERSPECTIVES

          Load Service Entities' Perspectives
          Audio file
          Moderator: Commissioner Gary Hanson, South Dakota Public Utilities
          Commission
  • Mike McDowell, General Manager, Heartland Consumers Power District, presentation
  • Mike Hanson, President, NorthWestern Energy, presentation
  • Jim Wilcox, Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Xcel Energy, presentation
          Control Area Operators' Perspective – Within MISO
          Audio file
          Moderator: Mike Trykoski, Chairman, South Dakota Energy Infrastructure Authority
  • Mike McMullen, Director West Regional Operations, Midwest ISO, presentation
  • Ward Uggerud, Chief Operating Office Energy Supply, Otter Tail Power Company, presentation
  • Will Kaul, Vice President-Transmission, Great River Energy and Chairman, CapX 2020, presentation

          Control Area Operators' Perspective – MISO Seams
          Audio file
          Moderator: Commissioner Steve Kolbeck, South Dakota Public Utilities
          Commission

  • Robert Riehl, Power Marketing Manager, Western Area Power Administration, presentation
  • Raymond Wahle, Director-Power Supply and Operations, Missouri River Energy Services, presentation
  • Naomi Czachura, Vice President-Rates and Regulatory Strategy, MidAmerican Energy Company, presentation
  • Jeff Nelson, General Manager, East River Electric Power Cooperative, presentation

          Audio file, Control Area Operators Q&A

          Regulators' Perspective
          Audio file
          Moderator: Commissioner Dusty Johnson, South Dakota Public Utilities
          Commission
  • Commissioner Gary Hanson, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
  • Commissioner Susan Wefald, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • Commissioner Phyllis Reha, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
  • Commissioner Mary Meyer, Wisconsin Public Service Commission

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Sen. John Thune, U.S. Senate
          Audio file