Day one of the 41st Annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment began Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. with a welcome by Cabinet Secretary CharlesSnavely at the Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY.
Almost 300 people registered for theconvention and on the first day heard a legislative panel, moderated by Kentucky Educational Television host Renee Shaw, discuss upcoming legislative issues affecting energy and environment. The panel of experts included Senator Jared Carpenter, chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources & Energy, Representative Jim Gooch, chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources & Energy, Tom FitzGerald director, Kentucky Resource Council, Dave Adkisson, president and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Cabinet Secretary Snavely.
Later in the afternoon, the assembled audience heard presentations by directors of the Department of Natural Resources. Presenting were: Courtney Skaggs, director of the Division of Mine Reclamation & Enforcement, Bob Scott, director of the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, James Wright, director of the Division of Forestry and Dennis Hatfield, director of the Division of Oil and Gas.
Chandu Visweswariah, PhD, president & CEO of Utopus Insights, Inc. spoke late afternoon about the digitization of energy and preparing for this transformation.