Western to host symposium on the future of Northwest leadership in electric energy April 19

Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies will host an Energy Symposium titled “The Future of Northwest Leadership in Electric Energy” from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 on Western’s campus.

Designed for students, faculty, and community members, the symposium will explore electricity technology and policy, and the role they play in our energy economy.

“The symposium showcases the important ways that the Northwest is a leader in the clean energy economy and future prospects,” explained Joel Swisher, director of Western’s Institute for Energy Studies. “It also introduces the Institute of Energy Studies to the region and provides meaningful networking opportunities for those interested in the area of clean energy.”

The symposium will feature over 20 speakers and panelists from industry, government and academia who will cover topics including:

  • Solar and geothermal electricity generation
  • Smart grid integration
  • Energy storage technologies
  • The energy imbalance market
  • Electricity policy and regulation

Registration is open and available through the symposium website at http://wp.wwu.edu/energysymposium.  The cost to attend is $10 for Western Washington University students, faculty and staff; $15 for non-WWU students; and $35 for community members. Scholarships for Western students are available, with more information available by contacting Energy.Symposium@wwu.edu.

The symposium will conclude with a keynote speaker event free and open to the public from 7-8 p.m. in Academic West, room 204 on Western’s campus. The keynote address will feature Tom Eckman, director of the Power Division of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

The symposium is sponsored, in part, by Puget Sound Energy and the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery.

To find out more information or to register, please visit http://wp.wwu.edu/energysymposium.  

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