The 11th Annual Energy Open Conference and Golf Tournament will be held on August 21st and 22nd, 2014 in Colstrip, the “Energy Capital of Montana.”


Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) and Montanans for Responsible Energy Development (MRED) cordially invite the public to participate in this unique opportunity which “showcases the economic benefits of responsible energy development.”


The Energy Open starts at 8:00 am on Thursday August 21st at the Colstrip High School Auditorium with registration and networking opportunities.  The morning program includes a presentation on the

“War on Coal” from PPL Montana and a Panel Discussion: “The War on Coal – An Industry Perspective.”  The program will also feature a Candidates Forum where invited state and federal candidates will be given a set time to share with the attendees their response and outlook to the statement: “Responsible Energy Development Opportunities in Montana.” Lunch will be served prior to the attendees departing on two different Tours.  The two Tours which run concurrently, will feature the Rosebud Power Plant (coal fired power generation), the Boilermakers Training Center (workforce training), Castle Rock Lake (environmental and quality of life benefits) and the Western Energy Rosebud Coal Mine (mining, safety and award winning reclamation efforts).  The first day will conclude with a dinner at the Moose Lodge featuring Keynote Speaker, State Senator and businessman, Taylor Brown.

On Friday August 22nd, the Ponderosa Butte Golf Course in Colstrip will host the Energy Open 18-Hole Golf Tournament with lots of prizes, a shot at the “Coal Cup” Corporate Trophy and the $20,000 Hole-In-One prize.  The golf teams will be treated to a breakfast prior to the tee time of 10:00 am.   The day will conclude with a scholarship raffle and the tournament awards presentations.  This is a great opportunity to network with energy leaders, decision makers, legislators and golf one of Montana’s most challenging public courses.


The Energy Open is free to the public but prior registration is required.  For more general information, please contact SEMDC at (406) 748-2990 or email or Additional information is available at