Come be a part of the longest-running renewable energy conference in the state of Texas.  TREIA continues its 30th Anniversary celebration tour this year in Houston, Texas.  We have a completely new format which includes two tracks; one with a Texas size view of the utility industry as a whole and another looking at technology specific interest areas related to grid integration.  Join us in Houston this Fall to learn, laugh, meet new friends and showcase your company.  There is definitely a lone star buzz around this event and our early sign-ups already have us on pace to be the biggest conference in our long history.  Don't miss out!  Register today.




Dr. Bryan Hannegan

National Renewable Energy Labratory's (NREL) Associate Laboratory Director for System Integration

Dr. Bryan Hannegan is the Associate Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  In this role, he leads NREL’s global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks in order to enable a more sustainable society.  Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Hannegan held several research leadership positions in fossil energy, renewable energy, and environmental science and technology at the Electric Power Research Institute, the non-profit R&D arm of the electric power industry.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Hannegan served as a senior energy advisor to President George W. Bush in staff positions for the Council on Environmental Quality and the National Economic Council, and he has also served as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Dr. Hannegan is a former elected Director of the Coastside County Water District, and he serves on numerous professional societies and commissions, including the California Council on Science and Technology, the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Global Strategies, and the International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board.   Dr. Hannegan holds a Doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine, and he also holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. 

Raiford Smith 

Vice President, Corporate Development and Planning for CPS Energy

Raiford Smith leads the Corporate Development and Planning functions for CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 730,000 electric customers and 325,000 gas customers.  CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2 billion and total assets of over $10 billion.
Mr. Smith and his team are responsible for corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, load forecasting, products and services (energy efficiency, demand response, and solar distributed generation), smart grid deployment, and research & development.   
Mr. Smith has 24 years of experience in the energy industry, including various roles in legal, smart grid, customer management, energy efficiency, pricing and rates, product development, wholesale deal structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and technology.  
A native of Savannah, GA., Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law.
Mr. Smith is a licensed attorney and member of the North Carolina Bar Association; holds several patents on grid optimization and electric grid technologies; has published several papers on the future of the smart grid, energy efficiency, asset optimization, and price forecasting; has earned his Six Sigma Green Belt certification; is the past vice chairman of the board for the Southeastern Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA); is a former board member of the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA); and is a recipient of the Southeastern Electric Exchange Industry Excellence Award in the category of rates and regulation.

Paul Wattles

Senior Analyst, Marketing Design at ERCOT

Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst in the Market Design and Development group at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load.  The Market Design and Development team works to advance ERCOT’s strategic plan and mission statement by dedicating resources to study and make recommendations for the structured evolution of the ERCOT market.  Since its formation the group has led initiatives to enable Load Resource participation in the Real-Time Energy Market, integrate Fast Response Regulation Service into the ERCOT suite of Ancillary Services, redesign the Ancillary Services markets to better meet the needs of the grid of the future, and develop a market framework for Distributed Energy Resources.  Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004, and is the former Supervisor of Demand Response and former Manager of Governmental Relations.   He has over 14 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on wholesale markets, advanced metering, demand response, and regulatory and governmental affairs; over a decade of private sector business experience; and six years of service as a Congressional aide in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Matt Singleton

VP Global Development at Prologis

Matt Singleton joined Prologis in 2004 and has held numerous positions spanning the Company’s real estate development and energy businesses in multiple locations around the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His current responsibilities include corporate oversight of Prologis’ development activities in China and Singapore and managing Prologis’ internal energy group responsible for originating and executing energy projects within Prologis’ real estate portfolio. Mr. Singleton has an MBA in real estate and international business from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, earned a BS in Construction Management and a BA in Business from the University of Washington, and is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. 

Dr. Ben Kroposki

PhD, PE, IEEE Fellow

Director—Power Systems Engineering CenterNational Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Ben Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the planning and operations of electrical power systems. His expertise is in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems and has more than 100 publications in these areas.  As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration. He has served on a number of IEEE technical standards working groups and chaired IEEE 1547.4, the first international standard on microgrids. He has also served as an editor for IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and IEEE Power & Energy Magazine. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and PhD from the Colorado School of Mines.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Steve Hauser 

President of New West Technologies

Mr. Hauser is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on transforming the power sector to meet future economic, environmental, and energy security mandates. For more than 30 years, Mr. Hauser has been a leader in clean energy and smart grid technology development efforts including solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, GIS software, geothermal, microgrids, fuel cells, and building energy efficiency. He recently authored the lead chapter in a book titled “Smart Grid: Integrating Renewable, Distributed and Efficient Energy” published by Academic Press.

Mr. Hauser was the driving force behind the creation of the Grid‐ Wise® Alliance, the Global Smart Grid Federation, and related smart grid organizations. Since 2000, he has brought together hundreds of companies to create a broad industry vision to transform the electricity sector, policies, markets, and technologies. Mr. Hauser has also led the creation of new international brands like GridWise® and GRID 21TM significantly raising the visibility of these issues with federal and state policy makers. He participated as a key advisor to the National Science and Technology Council’s Smart Grid Task Force resulting in the White House release of the “Policy Framework for a 21st Century Grid”.

Previously, Mr. Hauser held senior management positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Gridpoint, CH2M Hill, and SAIC. He currently serves on various advisory boards and committees. 

Nat Treadway

Managing Partner at Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC

Nat Treadway is a co-founder of DEFG, a specialized management consulting firm focused on the consumer. He has more than forty years of experience in energy and environment, and he began working in electric utility regulation in 1985. Nat focuses on consumer behavior, innovative retail energy services, customer choice and energy efficiency. He is the author of the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS), a scorecard on electricity restructuring. He leads DEFG's Low Income Energy Issues Forum, through which diverse stakeholders address energy affordability. During 2012, he served on Alberta's Retail Market Review Committee, reporting to the Minister of Energy. He previously testified for ten years as an expert witness on behalf of the public interest at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. In the 1990s, he advised PUC commissioners on electric distribution unbundling and the regulatory choices that would prepare all stakeholders for open markets. Nat is based in Houston.

Anne Marie Diaz

Energy Development Program Manager at Austin Energy

Loy Sneary 

President and CEO of Gulf Coast Green Energy

Loy Sneary joined Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE) to head up the company in December, 2007.GCGE is the distributor of cutting edge waste heat to power (WHP) technologies.  He is also founder of Sagomi, a business development consulting firm. He was a founding partner of Innovative Capital Resources, a capital acquisition firm. Loy has been a successful businessman, consultant, Matagorda County Judge, and rancher in South East Texas. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of industry and government, promoting economic growth and improving the dialogue between business, and government at the state and national levels.

He has held a Presidential Cabinet level foreign trade policy advisory position. At the urging of friends and supporters, he has twice run for the U.S. Congress, which allowed him to build a network of community, government, and industry leaders from Texas to Washington D.C.  He is the founder of Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation, and organized the Coalition of County Judges which promoted economic diversity and development as well as championing the cause of its 20 member counties in Austin and Washington D.C.

He has started several successful businesses and has provided business consulting to a wide array of businesses.

Loy has spent much of his career at the intersection of industry and government, promoting economic development and improving the dialogue between community groups, business organizations, and government.

Loy is an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Texas A&M University, and served his country as a United States Naval Officer for six years.

Chris Foster

CFGO, Manager of Resource Planning and Integration for Georgetown Utility Systems, City of Georgetown

Neil McAndrews

Neil McAndrews and Associates, City of Georgetown  

Nancy Carlisle

Center Director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Danielle Murray

Manager, Solar Energy Services at Austin Energy


Session Topics


Track 1

Lean Energy: Unbundling and Getting Down to Business

The customers want it, the system has to deliver it.  An electric delivery system in which energy production and consumption is optimized, and where grid modernization is key.  Learn how all the elements and stakeholders are coming together towards a smarter grid.


Power Pivot: Innovating Business Models in the Utility Industry

Putting it back together.  Integrating renewables on your system can be an opportunity rather than a threat.  Come see how utilities rising to the challenge with innovative business models.  


Microgrids: It's a Small World After All

Case studies of microgrid models at work.  Come hear about the business and political drivers for these projects and the technical solutions employed to make it happen.


Breaking Down Barriers Between T&D

With Renewable Energy Resources, including storage, making headway on the distribution system in Texas, the impact goes beyond distribution system planning and operation.  How will information exchange with Transmission System Operators take place? Customer confidentiality, bi-directional data exchange, and system cost recovery are key barriers to be discussed.


Track 2

Get Smart: Technology Furthering the Integration of Renewables 

Technology helping technology.  New hardware and software solutions breaking down barriers to distributed generation on the grid.  Learn about some specific technologies are doing that you can employ today. 


Sunny Side of Solar: What's Up Now

Solar adoption is accelerating on all fronts. ERCOT has received over 20 applications for 10 MW and up. Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) is ready and so are commercial property owners. Residential is hopping with the Federal tax credits expiring at the end of 2016. New business models for solar are being evaluated by utilities. With all sectors heating up, interconnection issues are being addressed on the Transmission and Distribution grid. 


Savings to Sustainability (S2S): Getting Down to Net Zero

Net zero energy for your building is easier than you think.  Come learn how to combine energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green retail power to achieve a net zero building.  A brief overview of the methodology will be presented along with case studies from real projects.



Shark Tank: Securing Cash for Kilowatts

Fresh financials.  Much of what has circulated in the clean energy press concerning industry investments is outdated and stale.  Come hear the results of the recently released report published by UT-Austin (exact program) and a follow-up panel discussion with industry “Sharks”.