Mayor Rebecca Casper

Rebecca Casper was re-elected to a second term as Mayor of Idaho Falls in a citywide election in November 2017. Prior to her election, Mayor Casper served as an adjunct professor at both BYU-Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College teaching foundational courses in American government and state

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Steve Burgos, Director of Public Works, Boise City

Steve is the Public Works Director for the City of Boise. His experience includes more than 20 years in the environmental industry as a private consultant and now public sector director. As Director, Steve is responsible for overseeing an $88.2 million annual budget and more than 250

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Veronika Vazhnik, Graduate Fellow, Idaho National Laboratory

Veronika Vazhnik is a graduate fellow at Idaho National Laboratory and a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University. She researches farmer decision-making to introduce bioenergy crops in the US Midwest, and uses sustainability assessment to help optimize landscape designs. Vazhnik has presented at scientific conferences, and co-lead

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U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson

Michael (Mike) K. Simpson is serving his eleventh term in the House of Representatives for Idaho’s Second Congressional District. Mike serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He also serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. These committees

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Bear Prairie, General Manager, Idaho Falls Power

Bear Prairie is the General Manager of Idaho Falls Power and Idaho Falls Fiber. Prior to assuming this role in 2018, he was the Assistant General Manager for eight years. Bear has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He started his career at Idaho

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Carl Borgquist, President and CEO, Absaroka Energy, LLC

Carl Borgquist is responsible for Absaroka’s corporate strategy, management and operations. As a founding partner of Absaroka Energy, he is focused on harnessing both Montana’s high-quality renewable energy resources and its innovative and talented workforce to develop the region’s energy future. With long-term experience in law, capital

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Curt Kirkeby, Fellow Electrical Engineer, Avista

Curt is a Fellow Electrical Engineer with Avista Utlities, responsible for applied smart grid R&D. He’s currently the principal investigator for the Pullman EnergyStorage Project, a 1.0MW/3.6MWh vanadium flow battery project in Pullman, WA funded by the Washigton State Department of Commerce. His responsibilities include design thinking

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