Aug
21
to Aug 22

Technical Challenges Facing the Integration of Microgrids

Conference Overview:

Microgrid applications are filled with complexities and challenges that are being overcome by the industry one hurdle at a time. Beyond the battles for microgrid ownership and their financial backing, the many technical complexities of maximizing microgrid applications have become pressing issues for utilities to embrace and understand.

This conference will bring together industry professionals to share their experiences and knowledge on the technical challenges facing the integration of microgrids. Some of the technical issues coming to the forefront discussed in this conference and its workshop will be:  integrating microgrids into the distribution grid through sophisticated controls, islanding of the microgrid, system inverters, the creation of accurate microgrid studies, and critical performance evaluation among others.

NOTE: The early bird rate for this event ends Friday, August 4th, be sure to register by this date to receive the Early Bird rate.

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Aug
22
12:00pm12:00pm

On the Horizon: Trimming Costs for Renewable Energy Projects-Federal and State Regulatory Approvals

In this installment, Husch Blackwell attorneys will discuss the federal and state regulatory approvals often required for typical wind and solar energy projects. They will address the circumstances under which such regulatory approvals are required and the timing needed to apply for and receive the approvals. In addition, they will highlight the issues that commonly arise in obtaining regulatory approvals.

Date and Time
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Presenters
Kyle Barry, Partner
Chris Reeder, Partner
Linda Walsh, Attorney

Who Should Attend
General counsel, renewable energy executives, developers, in-house counsel, business development managers, financial and business analysts, project investors, public officials, and other development consultants and service providers

Registration
This program is complimentary; however, registration is required. We encourage you to forward this invitation to interested colleagues.

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Aug
22
5:30pm 5:30pm

Solar Austin Happy Hour: Mayor Adler on Cities and Climate Change

With every passing day, society's reliance on fossil fuels further exacerbates the climate change crisis. The reality of climate change impacts on central Texas is sobering—unless we move past fossil fuels, even more severe storms, droughts, and extreme heat will become the new normal.
Knowing these facts while watching Trump pull the US from the Paris climate Change agreement was horrifying. Fortunately, Trump's decision has served to galvanize many local leaders to redouble their action—Austin Mayor Steve Adler is one of those local climate leaders reaffirming commitment to the Paris Accord. Solar Austin is excited to present Mayor Adler as our August Happy Hour speaker.
Mayor Adler will share his views on the decision to pull out of the Paris agreement and how Austin fits in among a coalition of cities both taking action right now and planning future efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and general environmental impact.

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Aug
25
11:45am11:45am

GCPA Austin Luncheon-Texas Solar Market Update: The Path to >14GW

Speaker: Spivey Paup, Development Director, Recurrent Energ
 
Solar is becoming a powerful player in the ERCOT market, and ERCOT’s own analysis estimates more than 14 gigawatts of new solar over the next 15 years. What does the future hold for Texas’ solar industry? And what political and market dynamics could impact the path to >14 GW?
 
Our speaker Spivey Paup is the Development Director at Recurrent Energy where he leads the company’s project development activities in Texas and the eastern United States. Spivey is based in Austin, Texas. Recurrent Energy is a leading U.S. solar project developer with nearly 1 GW of solar projects under development in Texas. With more than 2.1GW of executed power contracts, over $8 billion in project financing commitments to date, and a project pipeline of more than 4 GW, Recurrent Energy has the resources and capabilities to deliver solar at any scale.
 
Prior to joining Recurrent Energy, Spivey spent nine years at E.ON Climate & Renewables North America developing wind and solar projects and growing the company’s solar and battery storage business. At E.ON Climate & Renewables he served as director of solar development. Prior to his career in renewable energy, he served as senior policy advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Office of Congressman John R. Carter. Spivey received his bachelor’s in international studies from Texas A&M. He then decided to pursue his passion for alternative energy solutions and earned his master’s in business administration from the University of Texas.

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Aug
30
9:00am 9:00am

GCPA 4th Annual SPP Regional Conference

  • The Westin-Dallas Fort Worth Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
to Sep 14

SGCC’s 6th Annual Members Meeting and Fall Workshop

  • Austin Energy's Headquarters (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Oct
3
to Oct 4

GCPA 32nd Annual Fall Conference

Pre-Conference Activity Add-Ons on October 2nd:

- Fall Golf Tournament - Shotgun Start at 11 AM

- Morning Workshop “Compliance Basics for Market Participants”

  FREE Training Session by Texas RE from 9 AM - 11:45 AM

- Afternoon Workshop "Cybersecurity: It’s NOT Just a NERC Thing"        from 1 PM - 4:30 P

- Welcome Cocktail Reception 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us at this Fall's largest electric power industry event in the ERCOT/Gulf Coast region!

Don't Miss THE "Must Attend" Power Industry Event for this Fall:

  • Nine Dynamic Sessions
  • Three Featured Keynoters
  • Compelling Discussion & Debate
  • 650+ Power Professionals
  • Exceptional Networking

Timely Topics:

·         IPP CEO Roundtable

·         Market Design Reforms

·         Skilled Labor Outlook for Gulf Coast Industrial Development

·         Bullish or Bearish on Energy Markets in Texas

·         Contemporaneous Issues in Federal Policy

·         Future Transco and Disco Policy Issues

·         Environmental Implications: Effect of Extreme Weather on Power Systems

·         Retail Opportunities: Big Data & Smart Meter Data

·         Generation Repowering and Demolition

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Nov
13
to Nov 15

Texas Energy Summit-CATEE 2017

The Texas Energy Summit – CATEE 2017 is a premiere educational conference and business expo that provides our attendees the opportunity to engage in a lively conversation about cleaner air, a better built environment, sustainability and a new energy economy.  CATEE 2017 - Texas Energy Summit will be held at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano, TX and is hosted by the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), a member of the Texas A&M University System.

This program features one day of pre-conference workshops and tour(s), and two full days of conference sessions with exciting keynotes, specific conference tracks to include energy/water nexus, renewable energy, intelligent building design, energy efficiency IOT, and more.   
This is the most vibrant conversation available on pathways to a sustainable future for our cities, and we want YOU to join us for this valuable conference! 

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Jan
10
to Jan 11

Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications

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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Aug
8
to Aug 10

Energy Storage North America

  • San Diego Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Clean Energy Beers

Note: Clean Energy Beers will take a break in July, for the holiday, and resume in August. 

Now an Austin tradition, Clean Energy Beers started off in April 2009 as an informal extension of Dr. Webber’s office hours, and has evolved into a regular gathering of movers and shakers in the Central Texas clean-tech movement. Five years after its inception, the bar-b-que is just as tasty, the beer is still served cold, and the conversation is livelier than ever.

Clean Energy Beers is held on the first Monday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que on Barton Springs Road.

“Clean Energy Beers has no formal agenda – it’s laid-back fun, with only one requirement – you have to like at least one of the following: beer, bar-b-que, or clean energy,” said Dr. Webber.

The event brings together a wide variety of people from Austin’s growing clean energy community, Dr. Webber added.

Most months, about 75 people show up for Clean Energy Beers – job hunters looking for work , employers looking for employees, investors looking for inventors, inventors looking for investors, business partners seeking deals, “and people who just like hanging around other people who like energy.”

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Jul
27
7:30am 7:30am

TREIA & Tech Titans presents--Renewables & Technology: Unleashing Consumer Benefits

TREIA is excited to announce our partnership with TechTitans in hosting an upcoming breakfast event focusing on emerging technology disrupters.
 
“The once staid electric market is being disrupted by new technologies - from smart meters to management of on-site renewables,” says TREIA board member and Vistra Energy spokesman, Eric Padilla.  “As the ERCOT and other electric markets shift from centralized to distributed structures, innovative technology is the driving force making this happen.”
 
The focus of this presentation will be to highlight how one company (TXU Energy) is adapting and how they are providing innovative and customized solutions to their customers. We will conclude with a discussion about where the markets are heading in the future.
 
The event, to be held in Dallas on July 27 is a preview of topics that will be discussed at TREIA’s upcoming GridNEXT 2017 Conference in October, which will focus on “Transforming the Grid – Transforming Technology.”

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Jul
26
to Jul 27

Smart Home Energy Management Systems Conference

  • Marriott Marquis Houston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Monetization Strategies for Utilities in the Smart Home:
Adoption, Partnerships, Innovation
The smart home industry is predicted to be worth $121 billion by 2022, with Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) taking a $3.15 billion share of that market. HEMS technology is growing in popularity and undergoing constant and rapid development. It promises savings, control and peace of mind for consumers, as well as growth opportunities for energy utilities, appliance manufacturers and connected home platform providers.

ACI’s 2017 Smart Home Energy Management Systems Conference will bring together senior representatives from energy utilities, HEMS providers, platform developers, technology providers, industry associations and more. The two-day event will feature informative presentations and engaging discussions examining the challenges to widespread adoption and the growth and revenue opportunities afforded by innovations in technology, business strategy and customer engagement.

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Jul
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

Solar Austin Happy Hour: Smart Inverters and Distributed Energy Resources for a Smarter Grid

As solar and other renewable energy technologies spread further throughout society, effectively connecting these distributed means of generation to current transmission infrastructure and expanding and modernizing the grid become ever more pressing issues. Solar Austin is excited to present our July Happy Hour speaker, Raghu Belur, the co-cofounder of Enphase, who will tell us more about the exciting advancements in smart inverter, smart grid, and distributed energy resources technology, particularly as related to the residential market. Enphase has also generously provided for food and drinks at this month’s happy hour.

Raghu has more than 20 years of experience in the clean energy and high technology industries. Prior to Enphase, he developed high-speed optical communication technology for Cerent, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems for $7 billion. Before Cerent, Raghu was an engineer at the Indian Institute of Science, where he played a key role in the development of an alternative energy gasification system. He co-founded Enphase Energy with Martin Fornage in 2006.  Raghu has a MSEE from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
  
Because solar and wind energy are both distributed and intermittent, power generated from these sources must be closely monitored in order to ensure reliability of the electric grid and efficient delivery of electricity. This means that cutting-edge technology must be used to upgrade old transmission infrastructure. Solar panel systems, however, require an additional layer of complexity because they only produce direct current electricity. These systems are connected to inverters, which convert the electricity produced to alternating current so that it can be fed into a specific building’s electric system or into the local grid. Although inverters can be expensive and add further complexity to an electric system, “smart” inverters and other new technology can allow us to control and automate specific electrical systems and extremely fine resolution of the grid to make the grid more resilient.
 
Smarter inverters and other new transmission infrastructure can help renewable resources to further penetrate into the market and promulgate throughout the grid—an essential foundation for expanding renewable energy generation to fight air pollution and climate change, mushroom the number of local clean energy jobs, and provide solar to even more people.

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Jul
25
11:30am11:30am

CleanTX July Power Lunch

  • Austin Chamber of Commerce, Board Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speaker:
Dr. Charles Upshaw
America’s water infrastructure is falling apart. Fixing the water problem – repairing old infrastructure, and creating new sources and distribution systems to support growth – is a defining economic problem of this century. It is also hugely expensive.

The solution is to step-change the cost dynamics of water by applying technology, specifically “Internet of Things” (IOT) solutions – software, sensors, communications, analytics, automation, etc. – to our last-century water sector.

To address these issues, Water RIOT is fostering an ecosystem of water technology innovation in Central Texas to provide resiliency to our water systems by incorporating internet of things technologies. Water RIOT is accomplishing this goal by bringing together water utilities, water researchers, IOT technologists, start-ups, and other stakeholders to spark collaboration and accelerated technology diffusion. 

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Jul
20
12:00pm12:00pm

On The Horizon: Trimming Costs for Renewable Energy Projects-Warranty Issues

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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Jul
20
11:30am11:30am

Central: LEED V4: Energy and Atmosphere Overview + Commissioning Revisions

This is an overview of the LEED V4 Energy and Atmosphere Category with a focus on the changes to the LEED V3 fundamental and enhanced commissioning process. We will review team member responsibilities as well as looking at emerging technologies and increased responsibilities. The presentation walks through the integration of Commissioning into the full process of design, construction and operation. Details of the design phase commissioning activities as well as the construction phase commissioning activities will be reviewed with explanations of how the Commissioning Authority interfaces with the Owner, Architect, Design Engineers, General Contractor, Sub-Contractors, Equipment Vendors, Code Officials and Operations Staff.

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Jul
11
to Jul 13

Intersolar North America

  • Moscone Center West Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
to Jul 13

ees North America

  • Moscone Center West Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
10
11:30am11:30am

TREIA Luncheon: Austin SHINES

  • University of Texas, Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.110 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Jun
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
28
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Jun
27
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
26
to 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
26
to Jun 28

Smart Cities Innovation Summit 2017

  • Austin Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
to Jun 21

14th REFF-Wall Street 2017

  • InterContinental New York Barclay (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
8:00am 8:00am

Smart Energy America 2017

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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.

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Jun
13
to Jun 14

Solar Power TX

  • Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capital (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
to Jun 15

Clean Energy Finance Summit: Latin America & Caribbean

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
10:00am10:00am

21st Annual Cool House Tour

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
11:45am11:45am

GCPA Austin Luncheon: "Texas Legislative Session Review"

"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
12:00pm12:00pm

On the Horizon: Trimming Costs for Renewable Energy Projects

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
11:45am11:45am

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

"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
11:30am11:30am

Clean TX May Power Lunch

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

Solar Austin May Happy Hour-Austin Solar Policy Update

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
to May 25

WINDPOWER 2017

  • Anaheim Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
11:30am11:30am

GCPA Houston Luncheon: "Hot Button Topics at ERCOT"

  • The Downtown Club at Houston Center-11th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"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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