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Environmental Conference 2024

The Andrus Center will host its next Environmental Conference on the Boise State University campus Tuesday, April 16th, 2024. This day-long conference will delve into how best to enable energy transitions on public lands in Idaho and across the West.


The Emerging Energy Transition: Risks and Opportunities for Western Public Lands

Public Lands are an important setting because the entire West is part of an interconnected grid and the abundance of wind and solar resources on Idaho’s public lands bring both challenges and opportunities for the state and the region. What can be done to foster energy affordability and reliability, drive innovation, build equitable infrastructure, and ensure that place-based solutions are to the state’s benefit? We look forward to diving into these issues together, to help to inform the rapid energy transformation underway.

Registration for the full-day in-person event is $100.

  • Discounted Student tickets are available but limited. Apply early for a student scholarship by completing the online request form.


8:00 AMRegistration and Coffee Social Hour
8:15 AMWelcome
8:30 AMPanel: The Changing Energy Landscape of the Western Interconnection

-Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources
- Regional markets representative
9:15 AMKeynote Speaker

-Idaho Power Leader
10:30 AMPanel: Toward Energy Security and Shared Benefits

- Tribal Energy representative
- County Commissioner
- PacifiCorp representative
12:00 PMLunch and Keynote Speaker

- US Department of Energy representative
1:30 PMPanel: Optimizing Siting and Transmission

-The Nature Conservancy representative
- Bureau of Land Management, State of Idaho representative
- Public Utilities Commission representative
3:00 PMKeynote Speaker

- Land and Mineral Management, Department of the Interior representative
4:30 PMClosing Remarks