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June 20, 2024

Colorado-Iceland Clean Energy Summit

WELCOME TO COLORADO-ICELAND CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT IN DENVER

On Thursday, June 20, 2024, State of Colorado, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity, the Embassy of Iceland, and Green by Iceland, will host Our Climate Future event at the McNichols Civic Center Building, in Denver.

The conference brings together government leaders, businesses, and civil society groups to discuss opportunities to strengthen the cooperation between Colorado and Iceland in the field of Geothermal Energy and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) solutions. The aim of conference is to build upon recent advancements in clean energy, including geothermal and CCUS, and highlight technological solutions to accelerate the energy transition. Speakers will highlight the opportunities and challenges to accelerate public and private partnerships to advance the energy transition and achieve today’s ambitious climate goals.

Against the backdrop of today’s geopolitical challenges, greater ambition is needed to rapidly decarbonize the energy system while ensuring energy security. Given Iceland’s achievement in being the world’s largest green energy producer per capita and a leader in harnessing renewable energy for more than a century, there are many lessons learned that can be shared to mutually benefit today’s global energy security and climate change challenges.

  • WHEN: June 20, 2024
  • WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver

Confirmed speakers

AGENDA

  • 10:00 - 10:50 am  Registration and networking
  • 11:00 - 11:05 am   Welcome by Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir
  • 11:05 - 11:10 am   Opening remarks by Adeeb Khan, Executive Director, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO)
  • 11:10 - 11:35 am  Different energy streams from a geothermal power plant and cascaded use. Experience from Icelandic Resource Parks

Moderator:
TBC

Panelists:
- Tómas Már Sigurðsson, CEO, HS Orka
- Árni Hrannar Haraldsson, CEO, ON Power
- Amanda Kolker.Laboratory Program Manager - Geothermal Technologies

TBC

  • 11:35 – 12:25 pm    Opportunities for Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage in the Western States (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah) and the role of CCUS technology in the Energy Transition.

Moderator:
- Will Toor, Executive Director Colorado Energy Office

Panelists:
- Ingi Larusson, Chief Commercial/Business Officer, Carbfix
- Lotte Rosenberg, CEO, Carbon Recycling International
- Sarah Fitz-Gerald Wyoming Business Council

TBC

  • 12:25-1:20   Lunch break 
  • 1:20 – 2:10 pm   Fireside chat with Governor Jared Polis and Guðlaug Þór Þórðarson, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Climate.

Moderator:
- Birta Kristín Helgadóttir, Director Renewable Energy at EFLA

  • 2:10 – 3:00 pm    How to accelerate the geothermal transition in Colorado?
    Land Protection, Energy Transition and Economic Prosperity: A challenge - an opportunity - NIMBY?

Moderator:
- Rósbjörg, Managing Director, Iceland Renewable Energy Cluster

Panelists:
- Árni Magnússon, CEO of ÍSOR / Iceland GeoSurvey
- Kristín Linda, Deputy CEO of Landsvirkjun
- Matt Garlick, GreyEdge Group

TBC

  • 3:00 – 3:50 pm    The Geothermal district heating system in Iceland; Is that an option for Colorado at large scale?

Moderator:
- Julie Murphy, Director of ECMC

Panelists:
- Eythor Sigurdsson, Mechanical Engineer at Verkís
- Magnús Ásbjörnsson, CEO, Reykjavik Geothermal
- Gudmundur Heidar, Principal, Western Geothermal

TBC

  • 4:00 – 4:10    Summarizing by Nott Thorberg, Director of Green by Iceland
  • 4:10 – 4:15     Closing remarks by Petur Oskarsson, CEO of Business Iceland
  • 4:15 – 6:00    Networking reception

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