|By PR Newswire||
|August 27, 2014 05:35 PM EDT||
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Top U.S. thought leaders in oil, gas, coal and energy infrastructure see opportunities emerging in the U.S. energy economy, but point to continuing barriers and challenges for these sectors as well. The leaders and voices converged last week at the first annual Rocky Mountain Energy and Infrastructure Summit, hosted by Hero Partners, DUNN Properties and MIES (Mirror Image Environmental Solutions), together with Title Sponsor Zion's Bank.
Based on outstanding response to the premiere conference, the summit will continue forward as an annual event, sponsors said, that will unite top experts and participants in the energy industry each year to explore issues related to the energy economy. Additionally, Zion's Bank has been selected by Hero Partners to serve as the Title Sponsor for the full Rocky Mountain Summit series, which also includes the Rocky Mountain Economic Summit and the Rocky Mountain Leadership Summit that occur in June and July of each year.
Topics of discussion at the 2014 Energy and Infrastructure Summit included new and stricter EPA regulations for U.S. coal production, and particularly regulation 111(d), which allows the agency to set new emissions standards for existing power plants. That regulation would have particular impact on the state of Wyoming, according to Governor Matt Mead, which is by far the largest U.S. producer of coal. Wyoming currently has 14 lawsuits pending against the EPA and expects that at least some of the state's disputes with the agency will soon be resolved in the courts.
Meanwhile, energy expert Loren Scott, a consultant to clients including ExxonMobile and JP Morgan Chase points to the opportunities emerging in the U.S. from "an ocean of natural gas," and anticipates that domestic prices for crude oil are likely to remain comparatively low, leading many European countries, in particular, to bet on the U.S. energy market with heavy infrastructure investments.
Other notable presenters at the premier event included John Eaves, President and CEO of Arch Coal; Colin Marshall, President and CEO, Cloud Peak Energy; Ron Jibson, Chairman, President and CEO of Questar Corporation and Gregg Kantor President and CEO of Northwest Natural Gas Company.
"We are extremely pleased to have expanded the Rocky Mountain Summit Series with the delivery of additional timely and authoritative events that are second to none," said Justin Hyde, co-CEO of Hero Partners.
About The Rocky Mountain Energy and Infrastructure Summit
The Rocky Mountain Energy and Infrastructure Summit brings top leaders from oil, gas, coal and energy infrastructure together each year to discuss energy issues facing national and global businesses, policy-making organizations, and investors. For more information about upcoming Rocky Mountain Summit events and about the growing roster of Hero Partners programs, visit www.heropartners.com.
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