12 noon – 5 PM:

  • Arrive at Feathered Pipe, hang out, get settled
  • When you arrive, a light lunch will be available
  • Check in at the registration desk

5:00 PM: Happy Hour at the Lodge

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM – ??:

  • Brief history of the New Western Energy Show:  David Nimick & Robin Leenhouts
  • Warm-up Activity:  Karina Naumer
  • “Where Have you Been?”  (just a few minutes– we have the hook!!)
    • How did the NWES effect your life?  or
    • How did you get to the NWES? or
    • What is your most special memory from the NWES?  or
    • Where have you been for 40 years?


7 AM: Coffee & tea

7:30 – 9 AM: Breakfast (breakfast food will remain available throughout the morning)

9 – 12:30 PM: 

  • Historical perspective of AERO & NWES:
    Kye Cochran, Wilbur Wood, Elizabeth Wood, & Greg Jacobs
  • Program of speakers
    • Energy Conservation and Buildings
      Jim Baerg: Owner, Montana Energy and Design
    • Energy Conservation and Transportation
      Alan Nicholson: Urban Developer and enthusiastic Tesla owner
    • The Promise of Hydro, Geothermal, and Biofuels
      Wilbur Wood: Journalist and Genius, longtime sane energy advocate
    • The Revolution in Wind and Solar Power
      Ben Reed: Owner, Winpower West
    • Progress in Sustainable Agriculture
      David Oien: Lentil farmer extraordinaire and owner, Timeless Seeds
    • Carbon Sequestration
      John Brown: Renewable energy advocate
    • Overcoming Electric Utility Resistance to Renewable Energy
      Tom Power: Economics Professor Emeritus, University of Montana, Missoula
    • Local Food Production Inspires Local Self Reliance
      Neva Hassanein: Environmental Studies Professor, University of Montana, Missoula

12:30 PM: Lunch

1 – 4 PM: Hike, hang out

4 – 5:30 PM: Impromptu Activities

  • Small group discussions on topics to follow up with the morning’s talks
  • Read old NWES scripts??
  • Other??

6:00 PM: Happy Hour

6:30 PM: Dinner

8 PM – ??: 

  • Skits (old ones read or performed by request)
  • NWES movies from 1976 and 1977
  • Music


7 AM: Coffee & tea

7:30 – 9 AM: Breakfast (breakfast food will remain available throughout the morning)

9 – 12 PM: Special Program of Speakers and Discussion

  • Perspectives and Visions on Energy Today and in the Future
    Jennifer Hill-Hart, Executive Director, AERO
    Ben Brouwer, Policy Director, Montana Renewable Energy Association
  • Where Are We Going? AERO, Education, the Future
    Free-for-all discussion on how combining science, the arts, technology, and living theater (the style of the New Western Energy Show) can effectively convey not just messages but images of what an energy-enlightened society could look like, sound like, smell-taste-feel like?
  • NWES scripts and discussion of applicability to today’s world

12 PM: Lunch

2 PM: Goodbyes