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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Mar 30


  • 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. 

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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 29

Solar Asset Management-North America

  • Grand Hyatt San Francisco

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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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). 

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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 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 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

Specifically, we are particularly interested in posters addressing advanced energy control systems for smart cities, design projects that integrate specific and sensitive detection algorithms, novel encryption technology that adapts to smart controllers, Nano materials and sensors, as well as effective cyber metrics for technologies to be proposed.
This call for Poster submissions provides an opportunity for you to address human factors issues, vulnerability assessments and systems engineering analysis of software/hardware/controller interfaces and interactions with the human operator & operational environment.

  •   The relevant technologies and research should be deployable within five years and have a clear market and commercialization potential.

  •   Industry partners are encouraged.

  •   Your proposal must be disclosed to the Office of Research Commercialization.

o Contact Cameron Smith, / 806-742-4105
o Disclosures must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, April 1st, 2017

Evaluation process:
Posters are due no later than April 1st, 2017. Posters will be judged by a team of subject matter experts, and announced at the GLEAMM sponsored Spark 2017 Conference 2-day event. 

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May 25


  • 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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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 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 

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8:00 am08:00


  • New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

The development of the solar industry at the U.S. East Coast was very dynamic over the past years. Government approvals and incentive schemes were stimulating continuous industry growth.

What impact will a new Trump administration have on the east coast solar and energy storage industries? How will the role of the eastern states change with regard to important policy and finance issues in this new business climate? What contingencies should industry prepare to cope with this ever-changing market?

A perfect place to discuss the latest developments is the Intersolar Summit USA East, returning to Brooklyn NY for the fifth time on March 23, 2017 – two months after Trumps swearing-in. Solar and energy storage experts will provide comprehensive insight on latest developments impacting the eastern U.S. regional markets. It offers great business matchmaking opportunities with regional market intermediaries and leading suppliers.

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Mar 22

AWEA Wind Project Siting & Environmental Compliance Conference 2017

  • Austin, TX

The AWEA Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference is where leaders from the wind industry, environmental permitting and compliance sector, the scientific community and regulatory officials come together for a robust discussion about the current state of siting and environmental compliance, and network. Take away key insights within wind energy development, operations, evolving trends, and strategies for improving the project permitting process and maximizing the output of operating assets while increasing regulatory and legal certainty.
"The conference is a good mix of highlighting state-of-the-art methods for addressing ongoing challenges, looking at new methods of addressing those challenges, and getting a chance to tackle new issues that have cropped up.  These gatherings are very important to keep us moving forward.  That is what they do for us, and why I keep coming back." - Michael Speerschneider, Chief Permitting and Public Policy Officer at EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc.

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8:30 am08:30

2017 Renewables Symposium

  • Hotel ZaZa

2017 Renewables Symposium

Join Bracewell LLP, CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities, and CohnReznick LLP in Houston on March 8, 2017 to discuss issues and trends impacting the renewable energy sector in 2017 and beyond. Whether you own, operate, or construct renewable energy projects, or are contemplating making investments in the renewable energy sector, 
the symposium will provide you with critical & timely insight.  

Discussion topics will include:

• Energy policy outlook

•  Structured commodity transactions & related risk mitigation products

• Tax equity market update

• The M&A market and trends 



5:30 pm17:30

Solar Austin Happy Hour-Bruce Melton on Climate Change

  • Scholz Garten

Join us for a visually stimulating discussion of the challenge of our age: climate change. The topics that may be covered are enumerated below and with some audience input a select few will be explored.

Bruce Melton is a science author and filmmaker, outreach specialist, professional engineer with primary research in stormwater treatment, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative (nonprofit 501c3). Founded in 2005, the Initiative has created over 400 reviews of academic climate science literature, 50 popular press articles, two experimental documentaries (rockumentaries), a book, and 36 songs.

Bruce holds a unique perspective built on personal observations collected from around North America and Greenland, dedicated review of scientific publication, and a clear understanding of the profound risks with which we are encumbering ourselves. Yet he combines this understanding with a deep optimism regarding what can be done to confront such risk.

The Climate Change Now Initiative, the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world, presents scientific and policy interpretation of the most critical new scientific publishing and global developments of 2016. The program’s backdrop is the Initiative’s field work in reporting major climate impacts happening now across North America and Greenland. What Climate Change Now considers critical to the discussion includes:

Ecoregime change( forest die-off) in high latitude forests of Western North America
Apparent drought where an increased warm season can create drought conditions even with above normal precipitation
Increasing extreme weather
Abrupt sea level rise and beach disintegration ongoing on barrier island beaches in Texas
Dramatic increase in Greenland ice discharge
Ongoing shutdown of the Gulf Stream
Collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet:
    New modeling of timelines and dramatically increased rate of collapse
    Feedback from warming induced increase in sea ice
    Prevention of complete collapse initiation through ocean heat content reduction
The history of current climate reform strategies and their efficacy considering successful implementation
Definition of Dangerous Climate Change and new developments reducing the dangerous limit
Global Warming Psychology: a description of the disconnection between climate science, the public, policy makers, and environmental advocates,  and the role of global warming psychology in increasing climate science awareness
The psychology of a healthy climate, what this is and how we can achieve it
The need for strong negative emissions
Well-developed industrial scale atmospheric CO2 capture technology, the controversy over economic feasibility and a “license to pollute” given the opportunity to remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere
The demise of fossil fuels and the ongoing disconnection of CO2 emissions from future scenario projections, the role of fracking and dramatically reduced costs of alternative energy, and implications of future cost reductions of solar PV and fugitive emissions from methane.

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Feb 28

Distributed Wind 2017: Business Conference & Lobby Day

  • JW Marriott

Meet experts and influencers face-to-face

Gain insight into unlocking potential new markets

Develop relationships with potential business partners

Influence the future of the distributed wind industry

Whether you want to learn about distributed wind or are already committed to the industry, Distributed Wind 2017 is THE annual business conference for the industry. For the sixth year in a row, DWEA is focused on making this the premiere event with educational sessions that discuss new strategies and approaches for market opportunities. Plus, for those interested in making a difference on Capitol Hill there will be a full day of lobbying on behalf of distributed wind.

Early Bird Registration Ends December 1st

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Mar 1

2017 ERCOT Market Summit

  • Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

TREIA Members see Member Toolbox for 15% off Code.

A Who’s Who of Key Players Address Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in ERCOT!
Challenging times lie ahead for ERCOT. Low gas prices, declining electricity and the entry of tens of gigawatts of renewables have led to unprecedented low power prices. Economics are driving gigawatts of coal and older gas-fired units to consider shutdown, raising fears about resource adequacy by 2019. While PTC and ITC extensions will drive as much as 16 GW of new wind and solar projects, transmission congestion and emerging community pushback complicate development, and the addition of more renewables is increasing concerns regarding balancing services.

Facing unprecedented market dysfunction, ERCOT, regulators and stakeholders are reexamining market performance and exploring alternative ways to avoid grid instability and potential disruptions. Resource adequacy dockets are being reopened, Run-Must-Run (RMR) and other outside the market solutions contemplated, and the recommendations of an ancillary services market study may be implemented in the near future. How will these initiatives impact market participants? Will natural gas prices rise enough to obviate merchant risk? What will the impacts be on project developers, owners, power traders, energy retailers and end-users?

ERCOT Market Summit 2017, February 28 – March 1, will examine the changing market rules and drivers, and bring policy-makers together with utility, solar, wind, IPP and other executives to explore the potential solutions and opportunities. They will examine the potential impacts of gas prices not only on power prices but demand, how the delivery of new wind and solar power will change market dynamics, and how revamping ancillary service market rules might open opportunities for storage and DR.

Be sure to attend our Pre-Summit Briefing: ERCOT Market Dynamics and Management Strategies, February 27, to explore future energy pricing, and its impacts on retail marketing and risk management strategies.

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11:30 am11:30

GCPA Houston Luncheon-The Road Ahead on Key Clean Air Act Initiatives

  • The Downtown Club at Houston Center

"The Road Ahead on
Key Clean Air Act Initiatives"
Speaker: Matt Kuryla
Partner, Baker Botts
Join us for lunch in Houston and hear our speaker Matt Kuryla, Partner at Baker Botts, present an overview of several key Clean Air Act initiatives that would affect electric power generation, and outline potential paths ahead in light of the change in administration. Topics will include Climate Change, Regional Haze, Ozone Standards and pending EPA calls to revise State Implementation Plans.
Matt Kuryla has enjoyed over 25 years of environmental law practice, building agency relationships of trust, exercising sound judgment and supplying creative energy to his clients most challenging environmental issues. Matt has helped his clients be strategic in pursuing their objectives in several high-profile environmental rulemakings, enforcement initiatives, transactions and permit proceedings. He conducts multi-client litigation and rulemaking through the Texas Industry Project (TIP), the BCCA Appeal Group (BCCA), the Texas MSS Working Group and the 8- Hour Ozone Coalition. Through client groups, Matt applies innovative legal and technical strategies to expand the options for new regulatory initiatives. He applies the same approach to agency enforcement proceedings and citizen suits, utilizing all relevant scientific, policy and legal tools to advance the client’s goals. He counsels clients in environmental crises, including criminal investigations, explosions and releases, helping clients build and strengthen agency relationships of trust while managing the challenges of a corporate crisis. Matt received both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2008-2016 and has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA 2005-2016.

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11:45 am11:45

GCPA Austin Luncheon-Reimagining the Transmission Grid: Henry Wischmeyer

  • LCRA Redbud Center-Room 108

"Reimagining the Transmission Grid"
Henry Wischmeyer
Vice President
Smart Wires Inc.
Join us in Austin for lunch and hear Henry Wischmeyer, Vice President at Smart Wires Inc., discuss the use of advanced power flow technologies to make the power grid more flexible. Henry is a dynamic leader with a history of creating successful organizations in the US, Canada, and Western Europe. He has an engineering degree as a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) and exhibits the strongest leadership skills learned as a Naval Officer and Aviator working around the world. He has succeeded leading teams in both Fortune 25 companies as well as start ups. His passions are in high tech, environmental science, and building successful organizations. Clients view him as a “partner” as he applies keen business acumen and research to ensure the business pain is being addressed powerfully and with agreed upon ROI.

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Feb 22

Smart Energy Summit

  • Four Seasons Hotel

The eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 20-22, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on the intersection of the utility and consumer technology markets, which is creating new opportunities for energy providers, energy management companies, home control platforms and services, and the integration of new connected devices.

This event examines the impact of the Internet of Things on utilities and consumers.

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8:30 am08:30

GCPA 4th Annual MISO South Regional Conference

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Welcome to the fourth annual GCPA MISO South Regional Conference! We had a positive response about having it at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in February 2016…so we will be having it at this wonderful venue again. This conference will again focus on the ongoing challenges to MISO South and the Louisiana area and how some of these regional perspectives stretch beyond state borders.  

We welcome back MISO President and CEO John Bear to provide his annual look at how the market is progressing after a couple years of market integration and what challenges remain from both a market operations and infrastructure perspective. Following this keynote, we have a look at opportunities for large end user efficiencies, including CHP and renewable energy. The next session will look at transmission and the various entities involved, both traditional and independent, as they address who is or will provide transmission solutions.
After a New Orleans style buffet, the afternoon begins with a keynote update from Entergy Louisiana President Phillip May  (invited) which includes the status of the MISO South cost/benefit study. This leads directly to the next discussion on whether the MISO wholesale power market is competitive. This discussion is quickly followed by a point:counterpoint discussion on the future of capacity in MISO from MISO Independent Market Monitor (IMM) David Patton and key expert Sam Newell of The Brattle Group. After the networking break, we will take a look at lessons learned from the Macquarie Acquisition of CLECO. The day’s closing session will look at the past, present and future regarding distributed energy resources (DER) and demand side management (DSM).

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7:00 am07:00

Energy Storage Association's 2017 Policy Forum

  • National Press Club

2017 is a critical year for energy policy. The new Administration and Congress bring with it a new focus and new opportunities. Impending transitions at FERC, DOE, EPA, and other agencies have significant ramifications for the continued growth of energy storage. As the power sector continues its transformation, regional markets and states are driving the energy dialogue, creating new and innovative market opportunities for competitive energy storage systems.

Featuring nationally-recognized policymakers and energy thought leaders, ESA's Policy Forum convenes a select audience of stakeholders from across the energy ecosystem - including state and federal regulators, policymakers, storage industry members, utility decision makers, and power sector stakeholders.

At the 2016 Energy Storage Policy Forum, keynotes addresses by NYSERDA’s Richard Kauffman and Senator Martin Heinrich topped a day of discussion on storage in wholesale market operations, PUC activities, state legislation, and future tax regimes. Since then, over a dozen states have undertaken policy activities on energy storage, FERC has opened several storage-related dockets, and several bills have been filed in Congress.

The 2017 Policy Forum promises to build on these exciting developments to help guide one of the most interesting and important conversations in the electric sector today.

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8:30 am08:30

TREIA Annual Member Meeting

  • Austin Java-Parkway

Plan to join us at this year's Annual Member Meeting, to be held on
Wednesday, February 8th, 8:30-10 am  
Austin Java-Parkway
1206 Parkway
Austin, TX 78703

At the Annual Member Meeting, members will have the opportunity to hear from board member nominees and make board member nominations from the floor. 

TREIA Board Member Election Qualifications

  • Be a TREIA corporate member (not individual) and active in the industry;
  • Be able to devote time to further our GridNEXT initiative;
  • Attend TREIA events and our quarterly board meetings; and
  • Contribute to expanding our membership and sponsorship pools.

8:30-9 am: Networking
9-9:15 am: TREIA Committee Presentations
9:15-10 am: Presentations from Board Member Nominees

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Feb 10

UT Energy Week 2017

  • Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Save the date for the third annual UT Energy Week, where energy experts from academia, government, industry, and the non-profit world come together to debate society's most vital energy issues.
Energy Week 2017 will be held February 7-10, 2017 on the UT Austin campus. 
The conference is hosted by UT Austin's Energy Institute, the KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, and two student-run organizations – the Longhorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.
Energy security and grid resilience, trends in global energy supply and demand, and entrepreneurship in oil and gas are among the many topics that will be explored during this year's event.
In addition to keynote addresses and expert panels, UT students will have the opportunity to enter their energy research into two competitions organized by the Longhorn Energy Club. Winners are awarded cash and other prizes. 
This event is free for UT Austin students, faculty and staff. 

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9:00 am09:00

SGCC's 7th Annual Consumer Symposium: Beyond the Grid

  • San Diego Convention Center

On Monday, January 30, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) is set to host its 7th Annual Consumer Symposium: Beyond the Grid – Connecting Tomorrow’s Consumers, in conjunction with DistribuTECH, in San Diego, California.We invite you to join us as industry stakeholders will learn proactive approaches to communicate the value of smart grid investments to consumers.

During the Symposium, you'll:
•    Hear the keynote address by Jesse Berst, Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, who will discuss the marriage of smart grids and smart cities and what this convergence will mean for utilities and customers.
•    Attend a Lightning Round session where contestants will state their case for the future energy relationship between consumer and provider.
•    Receive a complimentary copy of the 2017 State of Consumer Report, an analysis of recent success stories in consumer smart grid engagement.

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Jan 27

Global Energy Forum: Beaver Creek

  • 68 Avondale Ln, Beaver Creek, CO 81620

The 2017 Global Energy Forum will focus on the implications of the recent historic election in the U.S. to the energy future in North America - all in the beautiful and intimate setting of Beaver Creek, Colorado. Hear engaging discussions and network with thought leaders from throughout North America at the year's most compelling energy event. 

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5:30 pm17:30

January Green Drinks with Justin Bates, Community Planner, National Park Service

  • Tom's Shoes

Join Net Impact Austin at TOMS on South Congress for January Green Drinks! This month's speaker is Justin Bates, a Community Planner with the National Parks Service.

Justin helps bring the expertise and mission of the National Park Service to communities across the state of Texas. Through free, on-location facilitation and planning assistance, he partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities.

TOMS will be open for a special shopping hour starting at 5:30 pm. Anyone who makes a purchase will be entered into a raffle for TOMS merch - the winner will be drawn just before Justin speaks.

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8:00 am08:00

2016 US-Algeria Energy Forum

  • Houston, TX

The 2016 US Algeria Energy Forum in Houston, Texas

The US-Algeria Business Council and the Embassy of Algeria, in Washington, DC will host the annual US Algeria Energy Forum featuring H.E Ambassador Madjid Bouguerra, the Algerian ambassador to the United States of America, H.E Minister Noureddine Bouterfa, the Algerian Minister of Energy, and officials from the Ministry of Energy, Sonatrach and its affiliates, and Sonelgaz.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

The 2016 US-Algeria Energy Forum will feature presentations on the long legacy of US-Algeria cooperation in the energy sector and opportunities to increase partnerships between the two countries.

The 2016 US-Algeria Energy Forum is an opportunity for Algeria and the United States to reaffirm its energy trade links.

The deadline for registration and payment is: November 14, 2016

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7:00 pm19:00

Solar Austin Holiday Party

  • Brick Oven Restaurant

Our holiday party was so much fun last year, that we're making it an annual event. This year, we will honor Tom "Smitty" Smith, who has served as the director of Public Citizen's Texas office for 31 years and Karen Hadden, who is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition. Smitty and Karen were central to the creation of Solar Austin and have been champions for solar energy in Austin and across Texas for many years. Smitty is retiring from Public Citizen and Karen recently stepped down from the Solar Austin board after many years of service. We hope you will help us honor their contributions to solar in Austin.

We'll have live music by Ben Balmer and his band, appetizers and a free drink with each ticket purchase.

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6:00 pm18:00

Ninth Annual Austin Green Holiday Party

  • Barr Mansion

Join us for the Austin green mixer of the year, hosted this year by 17 great organizations! For nine years running, area environmentalists have come together to celebrate, scheme and prepare for the new year. This month marks the 10 year anniversary of The Shades of Green Radio Show, Austin's live green talk radio show. Another reason to pick ourselves up and celebrate together.

Experience how our hosts Barr Mansion are at the nexus of a merging of the environmental and food movements while enjoying a buffet featuring a variety of their seasonal, all-organic favorites. Check out Barr's new "solar amphitheater"! We are also sponsored this year by Hops & Grain BrewingAustin East Ciders and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Live music by Seu Jacinto, an Austin-based group interested in introducing and developing traditional Northeastern Brazilian culture to Central Texas. The group pays homage to the masters of the Brazilian folk musical traditions of forró, coco, cavalo marinho, and many other Brazilian Northeast rhythms.

We look forward to coming together with everyone and "regrouping" for the good fight in 2017!

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Dec 9

Fundamentals of Today's Texas ERCOT Electric Power Market

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria

This new in-depth two-day program provides a comprehensive and clear explanation of the structure, function, and current status of the Texas ERCOT ISO including its operations, the fundamentals of day-ahead and real-time energy auctions, LMP, CRRs, generation capacity markets (Resource Adequacy) and the new operational and economic issues raised by the integration of solar, wind, distributed generation (“DER”), demand response (“DR”) and demand side management (“DSM”) resources.

Gain an understanding of the dynamic Texas wholesale and retail competitive markets, and learn how these markets interface with ERCOT ISO energy auctions and ISO operations. Understand, enhance and apply knowledge of the ERCOT’ nodal market operations for Energy, Ancillary Services, Market Settlements, Capacity, Retail and Renewables.

This seminar will also address the rapidly expanding new market opportunities in Texas Renewables – Wind, Solar, etc., Distributed Generation (“DER”), Demand Response and Demand Side Management (“DSM”) as well as the new opportunities that will be emerging from the current re-design of ERCOT Ancillary Services, future Ancillary and Capacity market initiatives and the further unbundling of ERCOT services.

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Dec 7

Today's Natural Gas Industry, The New Pipeline Transmission Dynamics, & Physical Natural Gas Transactions

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria

This comprehensive and clearly explained program is for professionals who are seeking an in-depth understanding of today's North American natural gas industry and want to be up and running to make intelligent and prudent trading and buying decisions.

Learn how the transportation/delivery infrastructure works and how deals are done. Know who the natural gas market participants are and how commercial transactions occur along each segment of the value chain. Understand and apply your knowledge of how the wholesale natural gas and transportation markets operate and where the new opportunities are in today's dynamic natural gas marketplace.

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Dec 2

Solar Business Festival 201

  • Hilton Austin

Solar Business Festival is a highly b2b interactive conference, exhibition, and concert dedicated to creating an influential solar trading platform in Texas. It is a fantastic two-day event which takes place annually in Austin-Texas that provides an excellent industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the Texas solar industry.

The event brings together solar companies from all corner of Texas to connect directly with inspired attendees who are eager to explore solar solutions for sustainable living, as well as to interact, connect and forge partnerships in the renewable energy industry. The event showcases cutting-edge technologies and provides an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to see, hear and experience the next wave of solar innovations.

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Dec 1

Defense Innovation: Technology Acceleration Challenges

  • JW Marriott, Austin, Texas

Join global innovation, business and defense leadership
as they accelerate state-of-art technology solutions
in support of national security and the warfighter.

In collaboration with NSTXL, the Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges (DI-TAC) represent a new innovation acceleration model to rapidly prospect, vet and fund state-of-art technologies in alignment with war-fighter needs (through a $100M Transaction Authority awarded to NSTXL by the DOD IACs). Join this unique innovation process and ecosystem, rapidly matching key DOD problems-sets with the best technology solutions world-wide.

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Nov 17

AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium 2016

  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

Where Wind Vision Meets Strategic Action

The wind energy industry has a powerful vision to take us to 10% U.S. wind energy by 2020 and 20% by 2030.  Reaching these ambitious goals brings different challenges for different segments of the industry.  But how does that take shape in each step from development to distribution? How do we build lots of projects in the PTC environment while building the policy support and lowering our Levelized Cost of Energy to succeed in a post-PTC world?

Participants in this year’s Fall Symposium will work together to identify those concrete steps that can be taken to keep our industry on target. Sessions will focus on the collaborative approach needed to reach industry goals bringing together strategic thinkers of developers, OEMs, suppliers, corporate purchasers of wind energy, and utilities.

It’s time to show your leadership. It’s time to set a plan. It’s time to take action.

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8:00 am08:00

GCPA 3rd Annual emPOWERing Women Leadership Conference

  • AT&T Conference Center

Featured Speakers:
•    Anna Beninger, Director of Research, Catalyst
•    Mary Anne Brelinsky, President, EDF Energy Services
•    Dee Martin, Co-Head, Bracewell Resolution Group; Partner, Bracewell LLP
•    Cheryl Mele, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ERCOT  
•    Neena Newberry, President, Newberry Executive Solutions
•    Julie Parsley, Partner, Parsley Coffin & Renner, LLP; Former PUCT Commissioner
•    Julia Rathgeber, President & CEO, Association of Electric Companies of Texas
•    Merrie Spaeth, Founder & President, Spaeth Communications
•    Katherine Spillar, Exec. Editor, Ms. Magazine; Exec. Director, The Feminist Majority Foundation
•    Anne Taylor, Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Deloitte Houston
Exciting Topics Include: 
•    We Made It Work: Women & Work from a Personal, Corporate & Statistical Perspective
•    Why Diversity Matters: A Win-Win for Organizations and Individuals
•    Playing the Woman Card: Are the Decks Stacked FOR or AGAINST Female Leadership? 
•    Why Leaders Must Be Storytellers - Influence through Story Telling
•    Why Women Leaders Matter: Achieving Equality at the Decision-Making Table

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Nov 11

GridNEXT 2016

  • Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Why Attend: 

GridNEXT is a two-day conference, focused on the new business models, technologies and grid modernization initiatives needed to grow the renewable energy industry in Texas and across the U.S.   

  • LEARN about the latest trends impacting the Grid of the Future 
  • CONNECT with players in the Grid Modernization Industry  
  • FOSTER the furthering of Renewable Energy Integration  

Who Should Attend:

Technology Providers
Energy Consumers/Prosumers
Solution Providers (Regulators, Legislatures, Consultants, Academic Leaders)
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6:00 pm18:00

Clean Energy Beers

  • Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

Clean Energy Beers is held on the first Monday of every month after work at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. Clean Energy Beers started off in April 2009 as an informal extension of Dr. Michael Webber’s office hours at U.T., and has evolved into a regular gathering of those interested and involved in cleantech. Five years later, the monthly tradition is still going strong.

“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. 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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11:00 am11:00

Solar Fest-Resilient City! San Antonio

  • Roosevelt Park

Sustaining San Antonio has never been so fun! Enjoy live music, cold beverages, a variety of food trucks and more during the 2016 Solar Fest at Roosevelt Park! Last year we doubled our attendance to 9,000 attendees and over 80 vendors.
 We organized the vendors in (4) Villages by services offered. The CPS Energy Village had 8 Tents offering the opportunity to sign up for energy efficiency programs as well as the newly launched Solar Host Program.
Grab the family, grab your bikes or rent one from a B-Cycle station and hit the San Antonio River Mission Reach Trail. CPS Energy along with Alamo Forest Partnership will be having a FREE Tree- Giveaway amidst a variety of vendors that will be on hand informing guests of sustainable practices offered locally.
Visit our SA Next Tent to hear about the future of our city from the people who are making it happen! Or the CPS Energy Village where you can find out what the Utility, Home, and Community of the Future look like!
There will be live music from local bands powered on our Solar Stage. A Kids’ Zone to get the little ones involved in some great practices to enhance their future and community.
As the beneficiary of this event, the New Build San Antonio Green values your support, which ensures our continued mission success.
Once again, we hope that you will join us as a sponsor this year and become part of the movement.

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