8:00 am – 9:00 am
A Decade After the Floods
September 2013 saw one of Colorado’s most-devastating natural disasters, with flooding affecting 14 counties, killing 10 people and damaging 26,000 homes. What lessons were learned from this disaster, what mitigation efforts took place, and how do we prevent it from happening again?
Moderator: Alex Hager, KUNC
Panelists: Sean Cronin, St. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District; John Barnett, Middle South Platte River Alliance; Hally Strevey, Poudre River Coalition; Dr. John C. Tracy, CSU Colorado Water Center
9:10 am – 10:10 am
Regional Risk, Regional Resiliency
Regional stakeholders have long sought to foster regional cooperation in the water space, preserving water resources as a way to promote economic development. What ideas exist for protecting Colorado’s water resources to promote a 21st century economy?
10:20 am – 11:20 pm
Observers long have warned of the potential effect of water shortages — or deficiencies in the ability to treat and deliver water to residents and businesses. Now, those warnings are becoming reality, with municipalities struggling to serve growing populations. What issues are affecting the ability to provide water for economic and population growth, and what steps are municipalities taking to address potential — or actual — shortages?
Moderator: Adam Jokerst, WestWater Research LLC
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Plenary Lunch Session
Uncertain Future: the Colorado River, Drought and the Impact on the Front Range
The Colorado River serves as the life’s blood for millions of residents in the West, but prolonged drought conditions threaten everything from drinking water to generation of electricity, including along the Front Range. What are the implications of lower flows in the river, and what will it mean for communities in Northern Colorado?
Moderator: Ted Kowalski, Walton Family Foundation
12:40 pm – 1:40 pm
Inflation Reduction Act Demystified (public-sector)
The Inflation Reduction Act represents the single largest investment in climate and energy policy, but what does it mean for governmental bodies as they work to electrify their communities? How can local governments access available funds, and what should be their top priorities?
Moderator: Diego Lopez, Northern Coloado Clean Cities
Inflation Reduction Act Demystified (private-sector)
Local governments aren’t the only beneficiaries of the Inflation Reduction Act. The private sector, including businesses and property owners, can reap big benefits from the federal investment in addressing climate change. What provisions are important to manufacturers, tech companies, property owners and others, and how do they access these funds?
Moderator: Josie Plaut, Institute for the Built Environment at CSU
1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
The Electricity Market
Colorado is heading for a more-structured, formal electricity market, with major utilities joining forces to match supply and demand across a broader region. How will this and other, even-more-ambitious initiatives change how electricity is bought and sold in Colorado?
Moderator: Steven Conrad, CSU Systems Engineering
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Government and private-sector companies collaborate on development transfer of new technologies to drive innovation in the clean-tech space. What are some key examples of such partnerships, what are current funding trends, and what technologies hold the most promise for commercialization?
Moderator: Garrett Chappell, Premier Members Credit Union