Jun
26
Jun 28

Smart Cities Innovation Summit 2017

  • Austin Convention Center

The Smart Cities Innovation Summit, in partnership with US Ignite, will once again deliver North America's largest concentration of C-Level Smart City Leadership working towards innovative solutions for progressive city needs. Join us in Austin Texas as we expand our community of city leaders and solution providers, delivering an exciting “city first” agenda accelerating state-of-art solutions into global city practice. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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Jun
26
Jun 28

Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

Building upon the 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit, we are pleased to announce our program expansion and name change to the 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo. In partnership with US Ignite, the program will once again deliver North America's largest concentration of C-Level Smart City Leadership working towards innovative solutions for progressive city needs. Join us in Austin Texas as we expand our community of city leaders and solution providers, delivering an exciting "city first" agenda accelerating state-of-art solutions into global city practice. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!
 
The 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo brings together over 200 Cities and their respective leadership to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers; linking progressive cities with state-of-the-art solutions and best practices.
 
'Call for Papers' Deadline: February 26th 

Receive 15% off with CODE: 17ATI15

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Jun
27
4:00 pm16:00

Next Generation Photovoltaics Lecture Series: Hard Science of Soft Costs: Reducing Solar Costs and Accelerating Adoption

Next Generation Photovoltaics Lecture Series:
Hard Science of Soft Costs: Reducing Solar Costs and Accelerating Adoption
        
Varun Rai, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs & Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Webinar: Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

PV hardware costs have come down dramatically over the last few years and soft costs (non-hardware, such as labor, design, permitting, customer acquisition, etc.) now comprise about 50% of the installed cost of solar. This talk discusses findings that shed light on the drivers of price variation of installed systems and on strategies for reducing soft costs. The talk will cover both the demand and supply side of the market and will focus on customer adoption decision-making process, role of different information channels in the adoption process, trends in balance-of-system (BOS) innovations, and impact of market structure and policies on solar economics. Also covered, a new study funded by the SunShot Initiative that takes a network-science approach for understanding how and from whom installation companies learn about reducing soft costs. 

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Jun
28
12:00 pm12:00

The Great Debate: Net Metering for Distributed Solar

The Great Debate: Net Metering for Distributed Solar

Please join Husch Blackwell and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance for a series of webinars focused on the Texas renewable industry. In this installment, energy professionals will discuss contrasting policies related to distributed generation solar owners. We will look at ongoing rate cases impacting El Paso Electric, AEP and Oncor, as well as the "beyond net metering" approaches of Austin Energy.  

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Presenters
Michael Jewell, Attorney, Jewell & Associates, PLLC
Danielle Murray, Manager, Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy
Chris Reeder, Partner, Husch Blackwell (moderator)

Who Should Attend
General Counsel, renewable developers, solar service providers, utilities, public officials, investment banks, private equity companies, environmental entities, and other development consultants and service providers.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Texas continuing legal education credit.

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Jul
10
11:30 am11:30

TREIA Luncheon: Austin SHINES

  • University of Texas, Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.110

Join us for TREIA's July 10th Luncheon showcasing Austin Energy’s Austin SHINES Project: Innovations in Energy Storage

Austin SHINES moves Austin Energy closer to meeting the City of Austin’s climate protection vision of achieving 55% renewable energy generation by 2025. 

Lisa Martin, Program Manager for Smart Grid & System Operations at Austin Energy will provide a Project Overview,  the Project’s Current Status and Next Steps.

Austin SHINES: Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV. The project, known as Austin SHINES (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics) integrates solar power, energy storage, smart inverters, forecasting tools, market signals, advanced communications and a software optimization platform.

Austin SHINES vision includes specific achievements for local solar and energy storage. This project will analyze and determine best practices for integrating renewable energy and energy storage on the grid at utility, commercial, and residential scales.

Funding for this three-year project has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Austin Energy.

Funding amounts are as follows:

  • $4.3 million from the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. 
    This funding will enable Austin Energy to install a grid scale battery in the Mueller Development, along with pairing energy storage with residential and commercial rooftop solar. This project also includes smart inverters and a system optimization platform.
     
  • $1.0 million from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 
    Funding from the TCEQ enables Austin Energy to pair a grid scale battery with a 2 MW community solar array in East Austin.
     
  • Matching funds from Austin Energy. 
    Austin Energy will match the investments financially along with staff support as part of receiving the grants.

Estimated Project Timeline

Austin SHINES is a 39-month project that consists of a contract phase, design phase, deployment phase, and demonstration phase. The project is estimated to be completed by April 30, 2019.

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Jul
11
Jul 13

ees North America

  • Moscone Center West Hall

Intersolar North America, the most attended solar industry exhibition and conference in North America, and ees North America, the exhibition and conference dedicated to the energy storage market, today announced the opening of registration for their much-anticipated 2017 exhibitions and conferences. Taking place on July 11 through July 13 in San Francisco, the events will be co-located at the Moscone Center. 

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Jul
11
Jul 13

Intersolar North America

  • Moscone Center West Hall

Intersolar North America, the most attended solar industry exhibition and conference in North America, and ees North America, the exhibition and conference dedicated to the energy storage market, today announced the opening of registration for their much-anticipated 2017 exhibitions and conferences. Taking place on July 11 through July 13 in San Francisco, the events will be co-located at the Moscone Center.

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Jul
20
12:00 pm12:00

On The Horizon: Trimming Costs for Renewable Energy Projects

Warranty Issues

In this webinar, Husch Blackwell attorneys will discuss the scope and enforcement of commonly available warranties. They will also share strategies to maximize warranty coverage and limit unanticipated costs, including legal fees.

Topics

  • Overview of typical warranties available for wind, solar and battery storage projects.  
  • Drafting tips that can be used during contract negotiation to enhance coverage and minimize disputes.
  • Common issues that may limit warranty coverage, including implied warranty disclaimers, force majeure clauses, liability caps, statutes of limitation and contractual claims procedures.
  • Strategies for cost-effectively asserting and resolving warranty disputes, including arbitration, litigation and negotiated resolution.

Date and Time
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Presenters
Brian Waagner, Partner
Ben Kass, Attorney
Steven Neeley, Attorney

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Aug
8
Aug 10

Energy Storage North America

  • San Diego Convention Center

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference and expo for grid-connected energy storage in North America.

ESNA 2017 will include energy storage site tours, networking, workshops, and learning sessions featuring the leading policymakers, utilities, and commercial and industrial customers focused on building the grid of the future. Participants will learn firsthand about the key use cases, successful implementations and potential risks in a fast-growing industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Network with over 1,900 energy storage stakeholders through one on one meetings, roundtable discussions, workshops with interactive discussions, intimate receptions for international attendees, utilities and women in the storage industry, and an evening of dining and dancing along the San Diego coast.

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Aug
30
9:00 am09:00

GCPA 4th Annual SPP Regional Conference

  • The Westin-Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Join us in Dallas for this SPP Regional Conference!

A few years ago GCPA members began to request that GCPA provide educational and networking events for areas along the Gulf Coast in markets outside of but adjacent to ERCOT. This conference marks the fourth annual GCPA conference dealing with SPP regional issues. A team of industry experts has planned a conference that provides insight and expert opinions regarding transmission, generation, the market and inter-regional issues.

We are pleased that once again the conference starts with a keynote presentation from SPP Board Chairman Jim Eckelberger. The morning sessions that follow focus on the market and future generation. After lunch, we will hear from Missouri Public Service Commissioner and SPP Regional State Committee Chairman Steve Stoll. The afternoon sessions begin with a look at distributed technologies and moves into inter-regional activities, including the latest on moving Lubbock Power & Light from SPP to ERCOT.

What would a GCPA event be without networking? You will have the opportunity to meet with your peers in the electric power sector all day, but plan on staying for the reception after the presentations. Mix and mingle, make new contacts, re-establish former contacts and make post-event dinner plans to continue the conversations.

All of this is happening in Dallas at the Westin DFW with free shuttle service from the DFW Airport for those that are staying. A convenient venue for those with busy schedules. We hope you will join us.

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Sep
13
Sep 14

SGCC’s 6th Annual Members Meeting and Fall Workshop

  • Austin Energy's Headquarters

SGCC’s annual Members Meeting is a must-attend event for industry professionals charged with delivering smart energy programs, products and services to consumers. This event will also be key in determining SGCC’s direction for 2018.
Cost: Free to attend for all members! Discounted hotel accommodations for all attendees will be available shortly.

The event will feature a keynote address from Jackie Sargent, General Manager of Austin Energy, and Debbie Kimberly, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy, on what the utility has planned for consumers in the future. 

Austin Energy will also be offering attendees a tour of their state-of-the-art System Control Center.

A provisional agenda will be available in the coming weeks.

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Jan
10
Jan 11

Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications

  • SMU Campus

The SMU Geothermal Lab is hosting our 9th international energy conference, Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications, January 10-11, 2018 on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas. 

Power Plays will advance the understanding of geothermal resources, providing you with insights into developing this clean energy reserve. Join others with expertise in field operations, project development, technology, finance, engineering and resource assessment from the geothermal, oil & gas, and renewable energy sectors to explore economic solutions for geothermal energy at the Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applicationsconference.  Submit an abstract today. 

The event includes:

  • Opening Networking Reception and Poster Session, January 10, 2018
  • Conference with oral presentations and panel discussions, January 11, 2018

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Jun
23
6:30 pm18:30

GCPA Austin Luncheon: "Priorities for the Evolution of the ERCOT Energy-Only Market​"​

"Priorities for the Evolution of the ERCOT Energy-Only Marke"

Speaker: Susan Pope, Managing Director, FTI Consultin

The ERCOT market faces challenges that increasingly inhibit the competitive performance needed to sustain the “energy only” design. In particular, addressing large influx of renewable energy with artificially low pricing combined with an aging fleet of thermal generation will require market adjustments to ensure a stable market. Reforms are needed to (1) ensure accuracy of scarcity pricing mechanisms; (2) incorporate marginal transmission losses in the real time cost of serving customers across long distances; (3) reduce impact of “out of market” ISO actions and market rules; and (4) mitigate the impact of traditional transmission planning and cost allocation that inhibit competitive solution alternatives.

Susan Pope is a Managing Director with FTI Consulting based in Boston. She is in the energy practice in the Economic Consulting segment. Dr. Pope has 20 years of consulting experience in the electric power sector. She specializes in the economic and public policy analysis of electricity markets, advising clients on the design, improvement and performance of bid-based electricity spot markets, capacity markets, and ancillary service markets. She has expertise in leading discussions of alternatives for the design of regional electricity markets and of the related topics of transmission rights and transmission cost recovery. She has participated extensively in the stakeholder processes used to form and direct the operation of independent system operators and has led stakeholder groups through discussions of a number of controversial issues.

Dr. Pope is a member of a team of economists that has worked with the New York Independent System Operator, PJM, the California ISO, the Midwest ISO, ERCOT, the Ontario IESO and ISO-New England, as well as with organizations in other regions, on the design of rules for the operation of wholesale electricity markets. Throughout her career, Dr. Pope has also worked for other electricity sector clients, providing advisory services to established companies and market entrants facing a range of strategic and tactical decisions. Dr. Pope provides expert support for clients participating in a variety of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulatory proceedings. She has provided written and direct testimony in a number of cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has played a key role in important proceedings, advising on case strategy and coordinating testimony and analyses from multiple parties. She is the co-author of a number of white papers and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Dr. Pope was a Principal at LECG, LLC for over ten years and, prior to this, a Principal and Associate at Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett, Inc.

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Jun
20
Jun 21

14th REFF-Wall Street 2017

  • InterContinental New York Barclay

REFF-Wall Street 2017 features two days of dynamic content covering the latest insights on the cost of capital, supply and demand in the tax equity markets, potential impacts of tax reform, new sources of capital, and prospects for sustained progress in the new political landscape.

Reserve your place among a premier audience of 500 renewable industry leaders as we confront the most pressing issues surrounding the future of renewable energy finance.

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Jun
14
8:00 am08:00

Smart Energy America 2017

  • Aloft Boston Seaport

Committed to the development of the renewable smart energy industries in the US, the one-day conference provides a high-quality platform for mutual knowledge exchange and sustainable business development among stakeholders. The program covers the full spectrum of parameters currently impacting the markets - from a political, technological and scientific perspective - through the lenses of international key players along the entire value chain.

Build connections with experts in the smart energy industry and learn how they are solving some of the most pressing challenges of the current market situation. There will be networking breaks and leaded discussions to guarantee an interactive knowledge exchange.

TREIA Members receive 10% off.  Code in the Member Toolbox

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Jun
13
4:00 pm16:00

Next Generation Photovoltaics Lecture Series: A New Era for Solar Brings New Research Topics

The link will be posted on the Next Generation Photovoltaics website just before the webinar.  

In 2016, solar comprised 39% of new electricitygenerating installations. While photovoltaic (PV) technology has been a resounding success, it is still a relatively immature technology with many opportunities for research. As some PV devices approach theoretical efficiency limits, the optical design must be optimized to avoid losing photons anywhere but out the front.  As PV module and system designs evolve, progress has been made to increase life and decrease degradation rates, but new reliability problems are also evolving. 

In this webinar, Sarah Kurtz, Research Fellow with the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) and a Principal Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will give a survey of the multitude of research topics that are arising as we move into this new era.

The lecture is part of the Next Generation Photovolatics series.

Jun
13
Jun 14

Solar Power TX

  • Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capital

The thriving Texas market is projected to install 5,838 MW of solar over the next five years, ranking it second in the country for growth. ERCOT expects 20 new utility-grade solar projects to come on line by the end of 2020.

This is the time to make the right connections to help propel your business forward. Connect with your fellow colleagues in Austin, June 13-14, for the premier solar event for Texas. Early bird rates are now available!

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Jun
13
Jun 15

Clean Energy Finance Summit: Latin America & Caribbean

  • The Palms Hotel & Spa

The Clean Energy Finance Summit (13-15 June, The Palms Hotel, Miami) is the place where capital is secured and deals structured in Latin America and Caribbean’s renewable energy market – but why is that the case?

The Summit will feature 70 expert speakersproviding over 27 hours of content and bring over200 industry experts and decision makerstogether; and one of the key reasons this is thenumber 1 dedicated finance and investment eventfor the LATAM & Caribbean renewable energy space are the Networking Opportunities at the Clean Energy Finance Summit. These include:

• Bespoke 1-2-1 Partnering Platform
• Speed Networking Session
• 26 hours of Networking Opportunities
• Ice Breaking Drinks Reception

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Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

21st Annual Cool House Tour

  • Austin, TX

Welcome to the 21st Annual Cool House Tour, a collaboration of Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) and the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES). This year we present seven homes, one multifamily community and the world's largest LEED Gold Neighborhood Development. Austin Energy and City of Austin departments will be be at two of the tour stops showcasing energy saving and sustainability programs to help you create your own cool house. The selected projects cover a wealth of styles and sizes. Pick up your guidebook ticket early, read more about green building features and map your day in advance. Visit the homes in any order you wish. Enjoy the tour and thank you for caring about energy use, its personal and social costs and the importance of sustainable development.

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Jun
9
11:45 am11:45

GCPA Austin Luncheon: "Texas Legislative Session Review"

  • LCRA Redbud Center - Rm. 108

"Texas Legislative Session Review"
 
Speaker:
Michael Jewell
Attorney, Jewell & Associates, PLLC & Principal, Osprey Energy Group, LL
 
The Texas Legislature recently completed its biennial session. As always, legislation related to the electric industry was at issue. Find out what passed, what did not, and what looks to be on the horizon.
 
Our speaker Michael Jewell is an attorney at Jewell & Associates, PLLC and a principal in Osprey Energy Group, LLC. Licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1989, Michael’s legal practice primarily has focused on representing clients before state and federal regulatory agencies and enforcement entities on matters addressing electricity, telecommunications, and professional regulation. As a seasoned government affairs professional with more than 25 years’ experience in and with Texas government, Michael has served as a regulatory and legislative advocate for national and international corporations and organizations, including AT&T, Ambit Energy, Direct Energy, Reliant Energy, Toshiba, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Solar Energy Industries Association, on issues relating to the competitive electric and telecommunications markets, as well as appropriations, business development, intellectual property, operations, professional licensing, and taxation. Michael helps shape and advocate his clients' public policy positions with state legislators, key executive officials, and state regulatory agencies, including testifying before state legislative committees.
 
Born in Dallas, Texas, Michael attended the University of Texas at Austin for both his undergraduate and law school education. Michael is active in a variety of organizations, including the Gulf Coast Power Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. Michael is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Travis County Bar Association and is AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

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Jun
8
12:00 pm12:00

On the Horizon: Trimming Costs for Renewable Energy Projects

  • Online Webinar

Project Permitting
In this fourth installment of the series, Husch Blackwell attorneys will discuss the federal, state and local environmental and development permits required for typical wind and solar energy projects. They will address the circumstances that trigger the need for a permit; the studies and assessments that are generally performed to evaluate the applicability of permitting requirements; and the timing to apply for and obtain permits. In addition, they will highlight issues that commonly arise in project development, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Determinations of No Hazard, eagle take permits and environmental assessments.

Presenters
Megan P. Caldwell, Partner
Alison M. Nelson, Attorney

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May
30
11:45 am11:45

GCPA Austin Luncheon: "How’s It Looking Today? Recent and Upcoming Improvements to ERCOT’s Operational Forecasting and Analyses"​

  • LCRA Redbud Center - Rm. 108

"How’s It Looking Today? Recent and Upcoming Improvements to ERCOT’s Operational Forecasting and Analyses"
 
Speaker:
Dan Woodfin
Sr. Director – System Operations, ERCO
 
The reliable and efficient operation of the ERCOT System requires accurate forecasts of load, wind and solar output, timely reporting of all resources’ capabilities and plans, and effective tools to assess the sufficiency of resources to meet the load and cover potential risks. ERCOT continues to improve its forecasting in each of these areas, as well as developing more-effective analytical tools. The control room also recently added an additional operator to each shift to support these improvements. Our speaker Dan Woodfin, Senior Director – System Operations at ERCOT, will provide an overview of what ERCOT has done – and is considering in the future -- to keep up with changing system needs.
 
Dan Woodfin has been with ERCOT for fourteen years, during which he has led efforts to improve the transmission planning process by incorporating enhanced stakeholder input and economic considerations, to develop and implement the CREZ Transmission Plan, to reliably integrate wind generation into the system, to continuously improve operational practices and to modernize the ancillary services framework, having been both Director of System Operations and Director of System Planning for ERCOT. Before joining ERCOT, Dan was Manager of Transmission Policy for the merchant generation development group at Reliant Energy and Manager of Resource Planning for the CSW utilities. Dan has a BSEE and MBA from Texas A&M University.

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May
30
11:30 am11:30

Clean TX May Power Lunch

  • Austin Chamber of Commerce

It's no secret that the mobility space is changing dramatically. Automated vehicles, TNCs, and flying cars are just a few of the emerging and visionary technological advances that are shifting how we think about personal mobility. However, despite the quickly shifting mobility landscape, the way Austin conceives and implements transportation planning remains a relatively static affair centered on public servants and planners. 

Since 2014, Glasshouse Policy has explored new ways to bring the public into the policy making process. Join us for a presentation and conversation about the bright future of transportation planning and how more community engagement, not less, could lead to more efficient, impactful, and aspirational mobility outcomes. 

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May
23
5:30 pm17:30

Solar Austin May Happy Hour-Austin Solar Policy Update

  • Scholz Garten

Austin Energy has been a leader on renewable energy adoption, including distributed solar for many years.  That’s both because of leadership at the utility and the Austin City Council and because of public demand for progressive energy policies.

That’s the beauty of having a democratically controlled electric utility – it’s responsive to the public.  That benefit comes with the responsibility to stay engaged.  And that’s a role we play at Solar Austin – helping people learn about the benefits of solar and then getting involved to continue improving local policies and programs to keep solar growing in the Austin area. 

Solar Austin was involved in getting the solar rebate program started at Austin Energy and we’ve worked to ensure a steady budget for the solar programs over the years.

There are several potential changes to Austin solar policies and programs in the works.  Join us to learn what we’re working on and how you can get involved.

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May
22
May 25

WINDPOWER 2017

  • Anaheim Convention Center

WINDPOWER is not niche. WINDPOWER is not alternative. We are not the energy underdogs. WINDPOWER is mainstream. WINDPOWER is big time. WINDPOWER contributed more new electric generating capacity in 2015 than any other source. 
WINDPOWER is the choice of some of the world’s most iconic brands. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, General Motors, IKEA, Yahoo! to name just a few.

WINDPOWER has a Brand New Attitude.

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May
18
11:30 am11:30

GCPA Houston Luncheon: "Hot Button Topics at ERCOT"

  • The Downtown Club at Houston Center-11th floor

"Hot Button Topics at ERCOT"
Speaker:
Kenan Ögelman
Vice President, Commercial Operations, ERCOT
 
Reliability Unit Commitment and Real-Time Co-Optimization are being widely discussed at both the Public Utility Commission and the ERCOT stakeholder process. What are the driving factors behind them? Why are they issues to be discussed and how do they work? What changes are expected in the future?
 
Our speaker Kenan Ögelman is ERCOT’s Vice President of Commercial Operations, overseeing Market Operations, Settlement and Retail Operations, and Market Design and Development. Prior to joining ERCOT in October 2015, Mr. Ögelman served as the director of Energy Market Policy for CPS Energy. In that role, he was responsible for managing CPS Energy’s activities at ERCOT and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) and developing strategic policy. Additionally, Mr. Ögelman served as chairman of the ERCOT Technical Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2013. Previously, Mr. Ögelman worked for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel, which represents residential electric consumers in Texas, as a senior economist from 1997 to 2007. He graduated from Boston University in 1987 with a B.A. in International Relations. Subsequently, he received an M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991 and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Mr. Ögelman served as President of the Gulf Coast Power Association’s (GCPA) Board of Directors in 2015. He has served on the board since 2013 and was Vice President in 2014.

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May
1
May 2

California Solar Power Expo

  • San Diego Convention Center

The California Solar Power Expo, powered by SEIA and SEPA, is an interactive marketplace designed specifically for the California solar supply chain, including installers, developers, manufacturers, and service providers. Over 400 companies already registered to attend.

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Apr
27
Apr 28

Spark 2017 Conference

  • Innovation Hub at Research Park

On Thursday April 27th and Friday April 28th, the Innovation Hub at Research Park will be hosting the Spark 2017 conference highlighting the GLEAMM innovation Poster competition. This competition is to provide an opportunity for TT faculty and students to create innovative technology conceptual designs, research and development of modelling/simulation, gaming, big data analytics, operational guidance and evaluation tools surrounding the following areas:

Featuring Keynote speaker Wesley Rhodes, Executive Cybersecurity Architect, North America, IBM

Cyber physical security Next generation renewable energy Energy conservation systems

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Apr
26
Apr 28

WEN 2017: Energy Resilience-Refueling Innovation

  • Marriott Marquis

In order to address the significant challenges the energy industry is currently facing, companies must focus on refueling innovation to remain resilient.  Conference sessions will illustrate how leading energy companies are applying a range of innovative strategies and practical solutions to stay competitive and spur their teams to perform beyond boundaries.  In addition, learn how you, as an employee in the industry, can reinvent and refuel yourself to stay top of mind.   

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Apr
26
Apr 28

2017 WEN National Convention

  • Marriott Marquis

The WEN National Conference brings together 500+ participants from across the country, from multiple disciplines in the energy industry.  The conference will showcase relevant and timely topics around the theme, Energy Resilience: Refueling Innovation, impacting energy professionals and corporations in the workplace and marketplace.  This is a great opportunity to connect with experts, to increase knowledge, and transform one's career while maximizing your contributions at work. 
The conference will offer a wide range of sessions to reach professionals in varying career stages, including an executive-only track, expo, continuing education credit and an exclusive millennial mentoring circle.
Mark your calendars for April 26-28, 2017 in Houston, TX at the brand new Marriott Marquis!

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Apr
24
Apr 27

CxEnergy 2017

  • Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), the Energy Management Association (EMA) and the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), the CxEnergy Conference & Expo has become the go-to event for commissioning, test and balance, and energy management professionals. The conference again offers a broad range of topics over a day and a half of concurrent educational sessions while providing plenty of structured time to visit carefully targeted vendors in the Expo Hall, and network with colleagues, speakers, and other experts. CxEnergy’s Exposition Hall showcases the variety of companies providing leading-edge commissioning and energy management products and services. The exhibitors’ product lines range from controls, instruments, and metering devices to consultative services in engineering and enterprise energy management. CxEnergy also offers pre-conference certification opportunities for Commissioning Authority (CxA) and Energy Management Professional (EMP). 

TREIA Members see Members Toolbox for discount code.

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Apr
21
Apr 23

Earth Day TX 2017

  • Fair Park

Earth Day Texas 2017 is quickly approaching and the event is going to bigger and better than ever. Last year Earth Day Texas attracted over 130,000 visitors making it the largest environmental of its kind in the world. The 2017 event promises to be bigger and better with lots of new and exciting things to do. Earth Day Texas will be April 21-23, 2017 at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Renewable Energy will be a huge focus of the event this year. EDTx is a great place for networking and outreach, to gain new customers and great exposure.

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Apr
20
Apr 23

E-Captial Summit: Earth Day Texas 2017

Why attend? For technology companies the summit is unique opportunity to reach nontraditional investors. For nontraditional investors, and capitals on the providing the venue learn about environmental investment and opportunities to see renewable energy companies who are seeking investment.

What’s happening at the Summit?
·      Investment Forum
·      Innovation Expo- featuring exhibits from attendees
 What’s the audience?
·      The summit is timed to coincide with the Earth Day Texas exposition, the worlds largest environmental exhibit and conference
 Who’s is it for?
·      Investment side, foundations, family offices, high net worth individuals, institutional investors, investment professional
·      Technology side and early to mid-stage companies [successfully vetted applications] Incubators, Accelerators

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Apr
18
Apr 20

GCPA 31st Annual Spring Conference

  • Hilton Americas-Houston

Join us at this Spring's largest
electric power industry event in the ERCOT/Gulf Coast region!
 
500+ Registrations Expected
(based on 2016 registrations of 500)
 
Don't Miss THE "Must Attend" Power Industry Event for this Spring:
Eight Dynamic Sessions
Three Featured Keynoters
Compelling Discussion & Debate
500+ Power Professionals
Exceptional Networking
Timely Topics:
All Trumped Up: The First 100 Days and Beyond
Wholesale Power: ERCOT Outlook
Financing New Generation
The Changing Expectations of the End-Use Customer
ISO CEO Roundtable
Energy Storage and Related Technology Enablers
Challenges to the Utility Business Model
Valuing Dispatchable Resources

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Apr
18
8:30 am08:30

GCPA Mexico Electric Power Market Conference

  • The Hilton Americas

GCPA members continue to show strong interest in what is happening with the electric power market reforms in Mexico.  GCPA held a conference on the Mexico electric market in Mexico City in June 2016. This conference will be in Houston this year with the goal of returning to Mexico in 2018.   We look forward to an exciting conference and to continued long-term relationships with many new friends and business colleagues in Mexico.

This conference was planned by a committee of subject matter experts currently working in Mexico. They brought a wealth of knowledge and business contacts to the table and generously volunteered their time to assemble this terrific agenda. GCPA is grateful for their contributions, and you as conference attendees will benefit from their efforts.

What would a GCPA event be without networking?  You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with many of your peers in the electric power and industrial sector throughout the day. In addition, please plan on staying for the reception immediately following the last conference session. Mix and mingle, establish new contacts, re-connect with former contacts, and make post-event dinner plans to continue the conversations.  As a benefit, the post conference reception will also include those who will be attending the GCPA Spring Conference the next day.  What a terrific way to increase your networking opportunities.
 
GCPA is firmly committed to the Mexican market and looks forward to this conference and future events.

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Apr
18
Apr 20

Energy Storage Association 27th Annual Conference and Expo

  • Colorado Convention Center

The Energy Storage Association 27th Annual Conference and Expo is the must-attend event in energy storage – bringing together the global energy industry for three days of forward-looking content, hands-on learning and site tours, and unique networking and business development opportunities. 

Our conference this past April was record-breaking in many ways – we featured the first-ever multi-country reverse trade mission in collaboration with USTDA, and had more than 1,700 attendees, 130 speakers, 40 educational sessions, six site tours to cutting-edge installations and multiple workshops led by renowned experts.

ESA will continue to build on that momentum when we bring the conference to Denver, April 18 – 20, 2017. As one of the largest renewable energy markets in the country, as well as the home of NREL and numerous leading energy storage companies, Denver will provide the perfect location for ESA to expand the conversation about storage and the transformation of the power sector.

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Apr
10
Apr 11

Small Wind Conference 2017

  • Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport

Session 1A: Innovation!
 

Using Wind Energy on Farms: Michael Reese, University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center
 

Hot Water 24/7 from Wind Power: A Practical Reality: O.J. Birkestrand, Rabbit Tool U.S.A., Inc  
 

Session 1B: Blowing Children's Minds
 

K-12 Wind Activities and Successful Partnerships with Companies: Michael Arquin, KidWind Project & Recharge Labs  
 

Wind, Pyramids & Obelisks: Building Ancient Monuments Using Wind: Dr. Maureen Clemmons, Transformations

Social and Competitive Games in Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by Bergey Windpower!! 
 

Posters:
 

Community Financing for Small & Distributed Wind Projects: Dan Lemberg, WindShare
 

Development of a System to Optimize Wind Farm Layout: Rafael Valotta Rodrigues, University of Denver PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering  
 

Tuesday, April 11 
 

Keynote Speaker: Paul Gipe, wind-works.org  
 

SESSION 2: Lab Blab and (leading edge) Red Tape 
 

Distributed Wind Markets: Where Policy, Wind, and Electricity Costs Meet:Alice Orrell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

What Are Codes and Why Do They Matter to Small Wind?: Eileen Prado, ICC-Small Wind Certification Council

When the Wind Blows: Renewable Energy Risk Management Strategies: Ryan Gilway, HUB International Midwest Limited

NEC 2017 Updates: Robert Preus, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

SWC Awards Ceremony and Lunch
 

SESSION 3: Manufacturer's Updates
 

It's a New Day - Introducing the Bergey Excel 15: Mike Bergey, Bergey Windpower
 

APRS World's Wind Turbines for Cold Dark Places: 2017 Edition: James Jarvis, APRS World
 

Active Furling Control of Small Wind Turbines: Art Weaver, Weaver Wind Energy

Creating a Sustainable Renewable Energy Market: Richard Caldow, Kingspan Wind

Hybrid Off-Grid Systems with Primus Wind Power: Ken Kotalik, Primus Wind Power
 

SESSION 4: Freaks and Geeks 
 

Advantages and Trade-offs with Active Rectifiers for Small Wind Turbines: Lane Woodland, Techknowledge LLC
 

Internet of Things Monitoring and Control of a VAWT Array: Robert Wills, Intergrid
 

SESSION 5: How to Build a Successful Small Wind Turbine Future
 

Wind Resource Assessment: Heidi Tinnesand, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Market Research and Models from NREL: Suzanne Tegen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Mar
28
5:30 pm17:30

March Happy Hour – Solar for Low-Income Customers

  • Scholz Garten

There was a time when solar energy was only accessible to those with cash on hand to buy a system outright. Then financing for solar became common place and middle income people with decent credit scores could go solar without paying up front. Now, there is finally a focus on making solar accessible for low-income residents as well. San Antonio’s electric utility – CPS – has launched an innovative new program called Solar Host that allows customers to benefit from solar without making any investment.

At the same time, CPS has rolled out its first community solar program. The program – called Roofless Solar – is ideal for customers who want go solar, but don’t have a suitable roof or other space on their own property. With community solar, a shaded roof or a roof in need of repair is no longer a barrier to going solar.

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Mar
28
Mar 29

Solar Asset Management-North America

  • Grand Hyatt San Francisco
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On 28 and 29 March 2017, Solarplaza will host the 4th annual edition of the leading conference dedicated to the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios. Covering technical and financial topics, which range from performance optimization to refinancing and secondary market. Learn from 50+ speakers and network with 500+ attendees representing the leading service providers, asset/portfolio managers, IPPs, utilities, investors, developers and advisors active in the North American solar market.

TREIA Members receive a discount, check members toolbox

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Mar
28
Mar 29

Enterprise IoT Summit

  • Palmer Events Center

Enterprise IoT Summit, March 28 - 29, Austin, TX: Enterprise IoT Summit 2017 is a practical digital transformation conference for IoT product managers, designers, software developers, managers, and strategists as well as IT and Operations professionals tasked with digitally transforming their enterprise leveraging IoT technologies.

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Mar
27
Mar 30

ETS17

  • The Paramount Theatre

DESIGN FOR ENERGY-What we gleaned from ETS16 is that an energy transformation is clearly emerging from the chaos—and now is the time to shape it. How do we create the modern energy infrastructure needed for next-generation communities? This isn’t just a utility problem; it isn’t just an engineering problem. Answering this question means new roles, new relationships, and new designs in energy.

ETS17 is calling all creative minds to convene and design real solutions for the energy transformation taking place today. This inclusive event welcomes everyone to the table to create change in energy, and consider the roles that emerging technologies play in shaping a new future. 

Save $250 by registering before July 21, 2016

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Mar
24
11:45 am11:45

GCPA Austin Luncheon-The Innovative Evolution of Retail Electric Products in the Texas Competitive Market

  • LCRA Redbud Center Rm. 108

"The Innovative Evolution of Retail Electric Products in the Texas Competitive Market"
 
Speaker: Steve Davis
President, Alliance for Retail Markets
 
Steve Davis, President of the Alliance for Retail Markets, will share an overview of the evolution in retail electric products offered by retail electric providers (REPs) in the Texas competitive market since the introduction of customer choice in 2002. His presentation will include a sampling of new and innovative products currently offered in Texas by the members of the Alliance of Retail Markets (ARM), an incorporated coalition of REPs promoting and advancing the State's competitive retail electric market.
 
Our speaker Steve Davis graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in 1979. He attended the University of Texas School of Law and graduated with Honors in 1983. After graduation from law school, he joined the Office of Attorney General of Texas as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Utility Section of the Energy Division until 1987. Steve represented the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“Commission”) in federal and state court during his tenure there. In his last two years at the Attorney General’s Office, he served as Section Chief. After leaving the Office of Attorney General, Steve served as a regulatory attorney for a telecommunications utility for a two-year period. In 1989, he joined the Hearings Division of the Commission as an administrative law judge. After the restructuring of the Commission in 1995, he served as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the agency’s Office of Policy Development. He also served as an Assistant Executor Director for the agency from 1998 to 2000. After an eleven-year tenure at the Commission, Steve started his own legal and consulting practice in 2000, representing clients in both the telecommunications and electric industries. In 2002, he began representing the Alliance for Retail Markets (ARM), an incorporated coalition of retail electric providers, in Commission rulemaking and contested case proceedings. Today, he serves as president of the organization and represents ARM before the Commission and the Texas Legislature.

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