Energy Expo & Forum returns to Grand Valley |

Energy Expo & Forum returns to Grand Valley

Brittany Markert
The 2014 Energy Forum & Expo is set for Two Rivers Convention Center (159 Main St., Grand Junction) on Friday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free to attend and open to the public interested in learning more about the energy industry.
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WHAT: Energy Expo & Forum

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: Free


Editor’s note: To read more about the expo in the Free Press online, click on the following opinion pieces. Letter: Dismayed with energy forum speaker choice; Opinion: Energy expo scorns science; Letter: Co-founder invites disgruntled folks to attend event.

The Energy Forum & Expo will celebrate its 10th year on Friday, Feb. 27, at Two Rivers Convention Center (159 Main St., Grand Junction). The event is set up to inform the public about how energy is being used in Colorado, both regionally and statewide — spanning oil, gas, solar and more. The event is free and open to the public.

“It started as an effort to provide the community information on local energy,” said Bonnie Petersen, Energy Forum & Expo and event organizer. “We try to host speakers who will talk about a global, national and regional perspective.”

The forum will consist of five speakers presenting from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including Christopher Guith, Page Tucker, Michael Steifman, John Casey, and Kyle Isakower.

“This event has had some of the foremost experts in the field coming to the area to look at the outlook short and long term,” said Zach Cikanek, spokesperson for American Petroleum Institute. “Local representatives from companies that are active in the area will be in attendance for the public to talk to them.”

Isakower, vice president of regulatory and economic policy for American Petroleum Institute, will speak about the global energy markets and the implications for the United States and Colorado.

According to Isakower, the U.S. is slowly becoming an exporter for natural gas and oil, which is important for the public to understand. And though some people are questioning the long-term viability of the recent slide in crude oil prices, the long-term vision for the industry focuses on global demands.

“We were importers, and now we have the potential to be exporters and become self-sufficient,” he explained. “It’s important locally for job creation benefits and the crude oil production.”

The expo will also feature vendor booths from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., including companies like Airgas, Atlasta Solar Center, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, Halliburton Energy Services, Rockwater Energy Solutions and WPX Energy.

Attendance by the public will be beneficial, Isakower added.

“There is great potential for growth in Colorado and on the forefront of shale production,” he said. “It will help the state and really a lot of growth potential not just in energy but for economic growth potential as well, especially in Mesa County.”

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