Kit Jennings says Billings is the perfect place to host an energy conference. That’s why the 15th annual Energy Exposition and Symposium is set for June 25-26 at MetraPark’s ExpoCenter.
The previous 14 energy expositions have been held in Wyoming. The main reason for moving the conference to Billings is it’s within a few hundred miles of key energy-producing regions such as the Bakken in North Dakota and Montana, the Niobrara shale in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and energy-producing areas in Canada, said Jennings, an energy consultant and former Wyoming state senator from Casper.
“When you look at that radius, (Billings is) perfectly positioned to be a hub, plus they have the facilities that can handle this kind of an event,” he said.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who grew up in Wyoming and also was chairman and chief executive of the oil services giant Halliburton Co., keynotes this year’s Exposition. Other featured speakers include Tim Wigley, president of the Western Energy Alliance; and Mark Mathis, founder of Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy and the director of the film “spOILed,” a documentary about they nation's misguided energy policy.
Jennings said the first energy exposition, held in Gillette, was a trade show that mostly centered on coalbed methane development. It attracted about 300 people. More than 1,000 people attended the second event.
At last year’s event, 250 companies from 32 states and two provinces exhibited, and more than 4,500 people attended.
Aside from the trade show, the exposition also features continuing education opportunities. The Petroleum Institute for Continuing Education will offer short courses on energy courses from shale, an introduction to geology for non-geologists, and courses on drilling and the upstream petroleum industry.
As part of the event, the Society of Petroleum Engineers will host a golf tournament at Lake Hills Golf Course. The tournament will benefit the Wise Wonders children’s museum.
The trade show is free and open to the public.
For more information on the event, visit http://energyexposition.com/.