Governors Conference on Energy and the Illinois Environment


The Illinois Scientific Surveys, divisions of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the University of Illinois Division of Conferences and Institutes hosted the "Governor's Conference on Energy and the Illinois Environment" on November 7-8, 2001 in Springfield, Illinois.

The two-day conference was held at the Renaissance Springfield Hotel and was designed for all individuals interested in Illinois energy issues and associated environmental impacts. The conference covered several major topics including: current energy usage patterns in Illinois, future energy usage scenarios during the next 20-30 years, and environmental impacts of various energy use scenarios.

Speaker abstracts and presentation contents are available by clicking the highlighted text for each presenter. Additional conference information is available by contacting Derek Winstanley at 217/244-5459 or

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

8:30 - Registration and Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by PowerWorld Corporation)

9:00 - Welcome and Introductory Remarks (Derek Winstanley- Illinois State Water Survey, Brent Manning - Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Governor George H. Ryan - Invited)

9:15 - The Link Between Energy Usage and the Illinois Environment (abstract) (Rob Finley - Illinois State Geological Survey and David Thomas - Illinois Natural History Survey)

SESSION I - Mitch Beaver, Moderator

Factors Affecting Energy Production, Distribution, and Use in Illinois Over The Next 20-50 Years

10:00 - Domestic and International Policy (abstract) (Harvey Drucker - Argonne National Laboratory)

10:30 - Regulatory Climate (abstract) (Dave Kolaz - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency)

11:00 - Break

11:15 - Illinois Economy and the Energy Market (abstract) (James Kendell - Energy Information Administration)

11:45 - Maintaining Nuclear Energy Options: Focus on Safety (abstract) (Tom Ortciger - Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety)

12:15 - New and Improved Energy Production and Use Technologies (abstract) (Bill Worek - University of Illinois at Chicago; Energy Resources Center)

12:45 - Luncheon with speaker (U. S. Representative John Shimkus) Sponsored by the Illinois Energy Association

SESSION II - Norm Peterson, Moderator

Future Plausible Energy Scenarios for Illinois

2:00 - Continuing with Conventional Sources (abstract) (Georgia Nelson - Midwest Generation EME)

2:30 - "Green" Future with Alternative Fuels (abstract) (Carol Werner - Environmental and Energy Study Institute)

3:00 - Break

3:30 - Heavy Reliance on Clean Coal (abstract) (Taylor Pensoneau - Illinois Coal Association, Roger Dennison - Turris Coal Company, And Michael Murphy - DCCA Office Of Coal Development And Marketing)

4:00 - Conservation-based Future (abstract) (Harvey Sachs - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)

4:30 - Panel Discussion

5:00 - Adjourn

5:30 - 7:00 - Reception at Old State Capitol (Sponsored by the Illinois Petroleum Resources Board)

Thursday, November 8, 2001

7:15 - Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by Spire Solar Chicago)

SESSION III - John Braden, Moderator

Illinois' Energy Future and Environmental Sustainability

8:00 - Keynote Speaker from Rocky Mountain Institute - Karl R. Rabago, "Energy Innovation: Three Energy Trends that Promise to Change Your Life" (abstract)

9:00 - Illinois Climate and Air Quality Impacts (abstract) (Ken Kunkel - Illinois State Water Survey)

9:30 - Particulate Matter From Coal-fired Power Plants: Three Reasons Why It Might Not Harm Health (abstract) (Laura C. Green - Cambridge Environmental Inc. and Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

10:00 - Break

10:30 - Illinois Water Resource Impacts (abstract) (Derek Winstanley - Illinois State Water Survey)

11:00 - Biological and Land Use Impacts (abstract) (Hans Detweiler - Environmental Law and Policy Center)

11:30 - Panel Discussion

12:00 - Luncheon with speaker (William J. Keese, Chairman - California Energy Commission Sponsored by Comed, an Exelon Company)

SESSION IV - Arlene Juracek, Moderator

How Could Illinois Plan for the Future?

1:30 - New Technology Development and Diffusion: Two Illinois Case Studies (Steve Hogan - Spire Solar Chicago (abstract); Phil Amick - Global Energy, Inc. (abstract))

1:50 - Regional and National Political Leadership and Decision Making (abstract) (Eric Brenner, Office Of The Governor)

2:00 - Research Needs (abstract) (Bill Shilts - Illinois State Geological Survey)

2:10 - Energy Efficiency Planning and Management (abstract) (Scott Bernstein, Center For Neighborhood Technology)

2:20 - Panel Discussion (Charlie Wheeler - University of Illinois at Springfield; Institute for Public Affairs, Moderator)

3:30 - Conference Closing Remarks (Derek Winstanley - Illinois State Water Survey)

3:45 - Conference Adjourns

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