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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Jan
10
to Jan 11

NEW WORKSHOP: Power Plays: Coal and Geothermal: A Path Forward

Coal and Geothermal: A Path Forward

Achieving Site Sustainability for Coal-fired Power Plants

January 10, 2018 A workshop preceding the Power Plays Conference

WHY Numerous U.S. coal power plant sites have recently or will soon be shut down, and many are near the end of their economic useful life. Rather than close these plants altogether, impacting base-load capacity and employment, this workshop provides a path forward to dramatically lowering emissions while still providing base-load power by utilizing geothermal energy at the same sites. 

WHAT Determine method to transition coal fired power generation plants to geothermal power plants, leveraging existing infrastructure including permits, grid connectivity, skilled workforce, physical footprint, an existing customer base, etc. Suitable sites are believed to exist at numerous coal plants around the country and even outside of the U.S.

HOW Certain coal plants are located within sedimentary basins where oil and gas industry activity has provided a greater understanding of the heat resources below them. To reach and extract the usable heat as a resource will require a series of Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) production and injection wells at each coal plant site to generate enough power to replace the coal fired generation. This is not a trivial effort in terms of time or money, so the idea is to add the geothermal capacity in stages as wells are brought online. The power plant could retain their income stream and maintain their commitments to deliver a given capacity as they initially provide power consisting of both coal and geothermal generation, transitioning to all geothermal by the end. 

WHO Coal plant and industrial site owners and operators, experienced subsurface and surface geothermal well and heat transfer engineers, key technology and service companies, finance and investment bankers, and regulatory agency personnel are invited to apply. Accepted participants will be expected to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and help work out approaches for moving coal and/or industrial sites to geothermal plant conversion from the drawing board, through non-subsidized financing, to completed projects. 

WHEN AND WHERE The full day workshop is Wednesday, January 10, 2018 on SMU’s Campus in Dallas, Texas. The workshop registration fee of $795 includes complimentary access to the Power Plays conference, which begins the evening of January 10th, and concludes late afternoon on Thursday, January 11, 2018. A limited amount of expense reimbursement is available to qualified workshop participants. Enrollment is limited, so please respond today. Email geothermal@smu.edu:

  • Name 
  • Organization 
  • Full contact information (email, phone, mail) 
  • Current CV or resume 
  • Area of contribution such as technical expertise, financing, legal, owner/operator, etc. 

Conference

Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications
Southern Methodist University campus, Dallas, Texas
January 10-11, 2018

Power Plays will advance the understanding of geothermal resources in conjunction with waste-heat and direct-use applications, providing attendees with strategies for 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 2018 SMU Power Plays conference. 

Pre-conference Workshop

Coal and Geothermal: A Path Forward,
January 10, 2018

Post-conference Workshop

Thermal Well Design & Integrity for Geothermal Applications
January 12, 2018

C-FER Technologies is hosting this workshop which provides an overview of thermal and geothermal well design and integrity. Topics include casing, tubulars, liners, wellheads, and wellbore integrity. 

Event Details

Name: Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications
Date: January 10-11, 2018 Location: SMU campus, Dallas, Texas
Website: http://www.smu.edu/geothermal
Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | #SMUPowerPlays
Contact: Maria Richards, mrichard@smu.edu, 214-768-1975 

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Jan
10
to Jan 11

NEW WORKSHOP: Power Plays: Thermal Well Design & Integrity for Geothermal Applications

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Thermal Well Design & Integrity for Geothermal Applications

January 12, 2018

Course Overview
This course provides an overview of the considerations, key factors, industry guidelines and practices, examples, and field experience related to the design and integrity of geothermal wells.

The course content was developed based on C-FER’s extensive experience with thermal well design and integrity topics associated with the heavy oil and bitumen recovery methods of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS). While the majority of the principles presented are general to thermal wells, where applicable, differences and examples of geothermal wells will be presented to tailor the course to well designers, operators and other stakeholders in the geothermal energy industry.

Topics Covered
This introductory, one-day course will cover the following:

  • Overview of key material properties and damage mechanisms of casing and liner tubular steels, and wellbore cements;
  • Casing and liner design approach and basis (materials, connections);
  • Cement blend options;
  • Thermal wellheads, options;
  • Impacts of production/injection completion design;
  • Well integrity management programs;
  • Inspection and condition monitoring, damage, mitigation and repair options and experience; and
  • On-going challenges, industry initiatives, and areas of research and development.

Who Should Attend
This course has been designed for anyone looking for an overview of thermal and geothermal well design and integrity.

You Will Learn
At the end of this course, students will gain an improved understandings and appreciation for:

  • Key factors and considerations involved in the design, construction and integrity management of thermal wells;

  • How various aspects of a geothermal well’s life impact and influence thermal well design and integrity; and
  • Experience based on thermal enhanced oil recovery challenges, areas of advancement, current industry initiatives and areas of research.

Agenda at a Glance

  • Thermal Well Design, Regulatory Requirements & Industry Practices
    • Thermal Well Design and Equipment Selection
  • Thermal Well Construction, and Integrity Management
    • Casing, Tubulars and Liners
    • Wellheads and Other Completion Equipment
    • Wellbore Integrity: Overview
    • Wellbore Integrity: Mitigation and Repair
    • On-going Research and Industry Initiatives

Conference

Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications
Southern Methodist University campus, Dallas, Texas
January 10-11, 2018

Power Plays will advance the understanding of geothermal resources in conjunction with waste-heat and direct-use applications, providing attendees with strategies for 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 2018 SMU Power Plays conference. 

Pre-conference Workshop

Coal and Geothermal: A Path Forward,
January 10, 2018

Post-conference Workshop

Thermal Well Design & Integrity for Geothermal Applications
January 12, 2018

C-FER Technologies is hosting this workshop which provides an overview of thermal and geothermal well design and integrity. Topics include casing, tubulars, liners, wellheads, and wellbore integrity. 

Event Details

Name: Power Plays: Drilling into Geothermal Energy Applications
Date: January 10-11, 2018 Location: SMU campus, Dallas, Texas
Website: http://www.smu.edu/geothermal
Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | #SMUPowerPlays
Contact: Maria Richards, mrichard@smu.edu, 214-768-1975 

Please share this information with others you know who may be interested. We look forward to learning about your research, demonstration project, or innovative idea! 

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Jan
22
9:00 AM09:00

2018 Consumer Symposium: Transforming the Utility-Customer Relationship

When

January 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Cocktail reception will follow)
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Venue: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 900 E Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205
Website: smartenergycc.org

Description

The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative’s 2018 Consumer Symposium: Transforming the Customer Relationship is the industry’s top one-day event focusing on consumer engagement around smart energy technology.

Co-located with DistribuTECH 2018, the Consumer Symposium presents a unique platform that addresses the issues shaping the utility-customer relationship today, while interfacing with trends shaping the future.

Join attendees and speakers from utilities, consumer advocates, environmental organizations, third-party vendors, consultants and others at this one-of-a-kind industry event.

Price

Members $150; Non-Members $200 through Nov. 17
Members $200; Non-Members $250 after Nov. 17

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Jan
29
to Jan 30

RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW 2018

2018

RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW

January 29–30, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin • Austin, Texas

2018 highlights include:


Live Webcast January 29–30, 2018


  • A stellar collection of Washington Energy experts, including Abigail Ross Hopper (SEIA CEO), Tom Kiernan (AWEA CEO), Daniel Simmons,  and more join Keith Martin in a roundtable discussion on current federal energy policy impacting renewable energy.
  • What’s New? at the federal level affecting the renewable energy market.
  • The latest updates on FERC, PUC and ERCOT.
  • Insight on M&A Trends in Renewable Energy, and Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects.
  • Updates on front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter storage.
  • Valuable information on Community Solar, Distributed C&I PPAs, Innovative Insurance and Risk Management Products, and much more.
  • 2.00 hours of ethics credit.
  • Opportunity to meet program faculty and attendees duringMonday evening’s Networking Reception.

Please see the program agenda and register online here. Special group registration rates are also available by calling 512.475.6700. Download Program Agenda here.

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Jan
29
to Feb 2

UT Energy Week 2018

UT Energy Week

January 29 – February 2, 2018

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center | Austin, Texas
 
 

Registration Now Open!
 

Registration is now open for UT Energy Week 2018, a forum for prominent energy experts to provide their insights on emerging energy trends, new technologies, and the latest in energy research. The conference will be held in UT Austin's Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus, Jan. 29 – Feb 2, 2018.
 
The conference is hosted by UT Austin's Energy Institute, the KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, and two student-run organizations – theLonghorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.
 
The 2018 conference program features a variety of panelists and speakers from diverse perspectives on vital issues in the rapidly evolving world of energy.
On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the keynote speaker is Alison Silverstein, lead technical author of a recent grid reliability study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy, followed by a conversation on balancing diversification of resources and reliability on the grid.
 
Later in the day, panels of experts will explore municipalities’ efforts to ‘go green;’ urban planning designed to ensure resilient energy infrastructure; and the market dynamics behind changes in the transportation sector.

In addition, UT students will compete in two competitions organized by the Longhorn Energy Club. Winners are awarded cash and other prizes.
 
The weeklong conference also features several affiliated energy events, including the two-day 2018Renewable Energy Law conference, hosted by the UT School of Law and the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources section of the State Bar of Texas, and the student-run Energy Olympiad, a competition for young energy entrepreneurs.
 
UT Energy Week is free for UT Austin students, faculty and staff.

Register now for the Early Bird discount and view the entire conference program.
 

We hope to see you there!

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Dec
13
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: Resiliency, Reliability and the DOE

NEW DIRECTIONS: 
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN A TRANSFORMING ENVIRONMENT WEBINAR SERIES

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Noon – 1:00 P.M. CDT

Please join Husch Blackwell and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance for the final webinar in a series focused on the Texas renewable industry. This installment will focus on the Department of Energy (DOE) study on electricity markets and reliability and the subsequent DOE notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop pricing mechanisms to pay for baseload power generation.

Alison Silverstein, the primary author of the technical portions of the DOE study, will moderate a discussion to review the timeline of events and issues raised by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, explore the NOPR and FERC’s response, and discuss potential implications for power markets under FERC and in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Presenters
Maria C. Faconti, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
Alison Silverstein, Independent Consultant
Christine Tezak, Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC

Who Should Attend
Renewable developers, solar service providers, utilities, public officials, investment banks, private equity companies, environmental entities, general counsel, and other development consultants and service providers.

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

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

REGISTER HERE

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

The 10th Annual Austin Green Holiday Party

Barr Mansion & The Shades of Green Radio Show Present

The 10th Annual Austin Green Holiday Party

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 6-10pm
Hosted and Sponsored by Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle Rd., Austin, TX 78754 (www.barrmansion.com)


Advance Tickets $25.00, ($30.00 at door)
(Tickets include snacks, dinner, all drinks and live music)

Co-Hosted by:
• Earth Day ATX and EarthX
• Austin EcoNetwork
• Shades of Green Radio Show
• Public Citizen Texas
• Texas Solar Energy Society
• Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance
• Environment Texas
• Austin Zero Waste Alliance
• Citizens Climate Lobby
• Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
• Design Build Live
• Clean Water Action
• U.S.G.B.C. Texas
• Texas Campaign for the Environment
• Sustainable Food Center
• 350 Austin
• Solar Austin

Join us for the Austin green mixer of the year, our 10th, can you believe it? Hosted this year by 18 great organizations, this event is a fun place for area environmentalists to come together, celebrate, scheme and prepare for the new year.

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Magical music by Seu Jacinto, a group introducing and developing traditional Northeastern Brazilian culture to Central Texas. Seu Jacinto pays homage to the masters of the Brazilian folk musical traditions of forró, coco, cavalo marinho, and many other Northeast Brazilian rhythms.

Experience how our hosts and sponsors 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. 

It’s been a crazy year so let’s "regroup", have some fun and get ourselves ready for the good fight in 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

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DATE AND TIME
Wed, March 14, 2018
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM EDT
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LOCATION
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
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The Renewable Energy Policy Forum will return to the nation’s capital on March 14, 2018. Join industry leaders and policymakers to discuss energy and tax policy, debate key issues in the changing electricity marketplace, and identify priorities for Congress, the states, and relevant agencies. The Policy Forum offers an important platform to identify how best to address trends that affect the future of the renewable energy industry and the sector’s importance to the American economy.
To view our agenda and additional information, please vist our website: http://www.acorepolicyforum.org/

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Nov
29
to Nov 30

Solar Business Festival

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The Solar Business Festival (SBF), is the leading solar conference and exhibition in Texas, that provides a significant business platform for knowledge sharing, connectivity, marketing, and sales, bringing together solar & storage companies involved in the Texas's market, companies looking to expand into Texas, companies looking to grow their business beyond Texas, and energy consumers. 

The two-day conference segment features a wide variety of sessions on, microgrids & energy storage, project financing, sustainable buildings, smart grids, solar initiatives & innovations, utility integration, community solar projects, policies, incentives and goals, market growth opportunities, regulatory framework, international solar market opportunities/challenges, sustainable farming, and more. The expo is B2B focus and attracts visitors in the retail, commercial, industrial, and residential industries. SBF 2017’s theme is “Eye on Texas Solar Energy Future”, and will welcome over 90+ prominent speakers including the following featured confirmed speakers;

  • Ravi Thuraisingham, Executive Vice President and Head of Solar, Crius Energy
  • Tim Costello, CEO, Builder Homesite Inc.
  • Colin James Walsh, CEO, Wave Solar
  • Jason Smith, President & COO, CalCom Solar
  • Wade Gungoll, General Counsel, 7X Energy, Inc
  • Ron Zimmer, President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association
  • Claudia Wentworth, CEO, Quick Mount PV
  • Mohammed Abdalla, Founder & President, Good Faith Energy
  • Stevie K Bear, President & CEO, Make It Modular, LLC
  • Michael Legatt, CEO, ResilientGrid, Inc.
  • Vikram Aggarwal, CEO and Founder, EnergySage
  • Jason Safford, CEO, Jason Safford, LLC.
  • Tuan Pham, President & CEO, PowerFin Partners, LLC
  • Younnes Scally, Co-Founder, Everybody Solar
  • Alison Brown, P.E., President, & Founder, Flux Energy Systems
  • Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green
  • Mario Portela, Managing Director, TPG ART
  • Scott Nguyen, Executive Director, 1PlanetSol

 

See all speaker’s line-up at

 

INTERESTED IN ATTENDING SBF 2017?

 

Tickets to attend SBF 2017 are available including, Expo Pass, Full Conference & Expo Pass, Student Full Conference & Expo Pass, One Day Conference & Expo Pass, Breakfast ticket, Lunch ticket, and VIP all-access pass. TRIEA Members enjoy 20% Discount. Code: (GOBIGTEXAS). Visit https://sbf2017.eventbrite.com/ to complete your registration.

The event website www.sbftexas.com contains all to know about Solar Business Festival!

For questions, sponsorship, advertising, speaking and exhibiting opportunities, please contact sbf@gaadvancement.com

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Nov
16
5:15 PM17:15

UTES Notes on 100% Renewable Cities in Texas


UT Energy Symposium

"Notes on 100% Renewable Cities in Texas"

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Neil McAndrews

Economist with Austin Chapter of US Association for Energy Economics

Thursday, November 16, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302)

Refreshments served at 4:45 p.m.
Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

Neil McAndrews has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He was a founder and later Chief Operating Officer of one of the first U.S. integrated risk management programs for an electric utility in the US. He has worked in multiple NERC regions in the US and in Canada. Recently he has assisted several utilities to increase the use of low cost renewable resources. He is the author of many studies related to power supplies, price risk and congestion management. He lives in Austin, Texas, and holds degrees from the Universities of Iowa and Texas.


Next speaker (November 30):

Jessika Trancik, Professor in Energy Studies,
Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT

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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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Nov
13
to Nov 15

CATEE 2017 Texas Energy Summit

  • Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center (map)
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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. The Texas Energy Summit – CATEE 2017 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.

We are excited to announce the theme for our 14th annual conference is the Texas Energy Summit, where we continue to build new program offerings for you by reaching out to new energy partners, providing a venue to learn about state of the art energy innovations and focusing on energy and energy management in Texas.

The program features one day of pre-conference workshops and tours of some of DFW’s shining examples of sustainable commercial buildings and manufacturing facilities 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 year’s Texas Energy Summit will provide you the opportunity to engage with industry experts, state and local policy makers, community and business leaders, researchers, facility and energy managers, design and development professionals, utility and energy service experts, and more in a lively conversation about cleaner air, a better built environment, and a new energy economy.

The Texas Energy Summit, rotated annually among Texas metropolitan regions, will provide a forum to:

share information on state and local energy efficiency, renewable energy, and air quality policies; raise awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability measures for the state’s economic well-being as Texas; highlight and celebrate successful policies and programs being implemented to achieve emissions reductions and related environmental and economic benefits; explore the growing importance of the Energy/Water Nexus; and consider the exciting new advances in intelligent building design, Smart Cities and energy efficiency Internet of Things (IOT), including manufacturing/industrial IOT.

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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AI, Smart Cities, and Start-Ups Take Center Stage at Start@ETS - Register Today
Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

AI, Smart Cities, and Start-Ups Take Center Stage at Start@ETS - Register Today

Join Zpryme along with partners Austin Energy and Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) for the second year of Start@ets on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Part time-machine and part rear-view mirror – trust us my friends, you don’t want to miss this.

This year’s program will feature a jam-packed afternoon filled with engaging talks about AI, smart cities and virtual reality, dynamic brainstorming sessions and a rousing pilot pitch competition. Toast the winning team and mingle with esteemed guests at our networking reception at The Highball following the event. Check out the agenda below!


Start@ets has no registration fee, but is accepting monetary donations for the local non-profit, Bike Austin


Registration | 1:00PM - 7:00PM
 
Welcome | 2:00PM - 2:15PM

  • H. Christine Richards, Chief Content Officer, Zpryme
  • Special Remarks by: Council-members Ann Kitchen & Jimmy Flannigan, City of Austin 

Fireside Chat > From Ideas to Innovation | 2:15PM - 2:30PM

  • George Koutitas, CEO & Co-Founder, Gridmates, Inc. (2016 start@ets winnner) 
  • Erin Hardick, Research Analyst, Zpryme [Moderator]

 ETS Talk > Artificial Intelligence and What’s Next for Communities | 2:30PM - 2:45PM

  • Slavek Zaremba, Chief Architect of IIOT, SparkCognition 

Break | 2:45PM - 3:00PM

Pilot Pitch Competition > Top 5 Finalists Pitch Their Solution | 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Judging Panel

  • Michael Britt, Vice President of Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Nancy Bui-Thompson, Director, SMUD
  • Mark Dowd, Visiting Scholar (Smart Cities), UC Berkeley
  • Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin
  • Sini George, Head of Growth Ventures, Direct Energy
  • Jessica Hamm, Manager of Emerging Technology Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Mitch Jacobson, ATI Program Manager, Austin Technology Incubator
  • Sameer Kalra, Smart Grid Tech Strategy and Product Innovation Manager, PG&E
  • Ann Kitchen, District 5 Councilwoman, City of Austin
  • Jeff Norman, Vice President of Industry Solutions, City of Austin
  • Karl Popham, Manager of Emerging Technologies and EV, Austin Energy
  • Shailesh Shere, Assistant Director, City of Port Angeles 

Brainstorming Session > Building the Innovation Ecosystem | 4:15PM - 4:45PM

  • Michael Britt, Vice President of Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Jessica Hamm, Manager of Emerging Technology Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Sameer Kalra, Smart Grid Tech Strategy and Product Innovation Manager, PG&E
  • H. Christine Richards, Chief Content Officer, Zpryme [Moderator]

Panel > Whats Next for Smart Infrastructure? | 4:45PM - 5:15PM

  • Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin
  • Nancy Bui-Thompson, Director, SMUD
  • Sini George, Head of Growth Ventures, Direct Energy
  • Karl Popham, Manager of Emerging Technologies and EV, Austin Energy
  • Erin Hardick, Research Analyst, Zpryme [Moderator]

 Networking Reception > Winner Announcement & Demos | 5:15PM - 7:30PM

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Oct
24
11:45 AM11:45

GCPA Dallas Luncheon, October 24

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Pre-Registration Deadline - Tue. October 24th at 12 noon
Luncheon Date: Wednesday, October 25th
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: The University of Texas at Arlington

REGISTER NOW

Joint Luncheon with University of Texas at Arlington
"Introduction and Status of the Retail Energy Business in North America"

Speaker:
Deryl Brown
Veteran Industry CE

Join us at our annual lunch hosted with UT Arlington. Our speaker Deryl Brown will walk attendees through the basics of the Retail Energy Industry – how it started, where it is, and where it is going. Deryl is a proven energy business Chief Executive Officer with a track record of value creation in the competitive retail energy industry. He has broad experience in retail energy including strategy development, engineering, operations, customer service, technology, marketing, and sales. Mr. Brown has received various industry awards and holds records for starting, building, and selling retail businesses. Mr. Brown was most recently the Chief Executive Officer and minority owner of North American Power & Gas – a successful fast growing energy provider for Residential and Commercial customers serving across 12 States and 62 utility service territories. Mr. Brown lead the company’s turnaround leading to a sale to Calpine in January 2017.

Prior to North American Power, Mr. Brown was the CEO and minority owner of Hudson Energy Services a very fast growing retail energy provider to commercial and industrial customers in Texas, New York, and Illinois. Mr. Brown lead the effort to sell Hudson to Just Energy in 2010. Prior to Hudson, he was the General Manager for Direct Energy Business Services, a leading retail energy provider in North America. Prior to Direct Energy, Mr. Brown had a long career at TXU/EFH/Vistra playing a leadership role in establishing their retail energy business serving as their COO. Prior to building TXU’s retail energy division, he held a variety of senior positions in TXU’s regulated utility business, serving TXU (and predecessor companies) for some 28 years. Mr. Brown received his MBA from the University of North Texas and a BS with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Brown is on the Board at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and previously served in the Board of ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas).

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION: UT Arlington requires that visitors parking on campus have a permit. Please enter your vehicle information in THIS LINK to obtain a parking e-permit for your vehicle to park on campus during your event. This will give your vehicle access to park in the designated lots noted in the above link. Please note that the luncheon will be in the Maverick Activities Center (MAC) - the map in the link shows a new parking garage just north of MAC as well as lots around MAC. You may park in any space not marked as reserved, service vehicle, blocked by cones, or an ADA space without the proper permit.

This permit is valid only for the date and times of your event. Any vehicle parked on campus without an e-permit will receive a citation. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact us at parking@uta.edu or (817) 272–3907. (NOTE: For visitors using a rental car - You can register your vehicle after parking on campus. Once parked, reference your rented vehicle’s license plate number and then enter it into the link below.)

Price & Other Information:
Members - $30, Non-Members - $35
There will be an additional $5 surcharge for any walk-in registrants at the luncheon.

ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD IS RECOMMENDED - RECEIVE YOUR ELECTRONIC RECEIPT IMMEDIATELY & AVOID THE LINE!

Location: 
The University of Texas at Arlington
Maverick Activities Center (MAC) 
500 W. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76010

Luncheon will be in the MAC lounge.

Parking: See above for important parking info. Be certain that you register your car in order to park on campus. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you encounter problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

UtilityWebinar: Innovation Blueprint How to Manage the Challenge of Dual Transformation

Webinar Registration October 17th, 2017, 1:00PM EST

Webinar Registration
October 17th, 2017, 1:00PM EST

Massive disruption is happening in the utility industry. Distributed energy resources, IoT, big data, increasing customer expectations, and changing regulations are signaling fundamental changes to business as usual. However, although the industry is becoming more dynamic and faster paced, most utility revenue will come from the core business for many years to come. 

So, how can utilities balance an agile approach to new business models while still investing in their existing business? In this webinar, you’ll learn how utilities globally are pursuing dual innovation, including:

Why dual innovation is important for the transition to the utility of the future

A best practices framework for innovation across people, processes, and technologies

Examples of what specific utilities are doing to advance innovation in their organizations

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Oct
23
to Oct 24

GridNEXT 2017

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TREIA is taking its annual conference to the NEXT level. Connect with thought leaders and businesses across the Texas energy industry at the GridNEXT conference being held October 23-24 in Georgetown, Texas at the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center. 

WHY ATTEND

GridNEXT is the only power industry conference in Texas that focuses specifically on ways new renewable technologies, business models, and grid modernization initiatives are transforming the energy landscape and the grid itself.  Come learn, connect, and innovate with your peers about the latest energy trends and developments.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Technology Providers
  • Utilities
  • Energy Consumers/Prosumers
  • Developers/Integrators
  • Solution Providers including:  Policymakers, Regulators, Consultants, Academics, and Thought-Leaders.

MORE INFO

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Oct
20
11:45 AM11:45

GCPA Austin Luncheon October 20 - Registration Now Open

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Pre-Registration Deadline - Thursday, Oct. 19 at 12 noon
Luncheon Date: Friday, October 20th
Time: 11:45 AM
LCRA Redbud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd.

REGISTER NOW

"One Size Fits All Doesn't Fit the Modern Grid"

Speaker:
Ingmar Sterzing
VP Power Supply & Energy Services
Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC)

Our speaker Ingmar Sterzing will discuss the strategy and approach Pedernales Electric Cooperative is taking to grid modernization and to deliver on their 80 year tradition to deliver low cost, reliable energy. Ingmar is VP of Power Supply and Energy Services at PEC and is focused on reshaping PECs energy portfolio and creating sustainable energy policies and services. Now, more than ever, energy consumers have choices and expect unique and specific products and services that are enabled by new technologies. These expectations are moving faster than the traditional one size fits all utility approach can support. Ingmar will share PECs approach to investing in the right infrastructure, policies, programs, and rates to enable customers to benefit directly from their investment in new technologies or changes in behavior while staying true to a competitive utility business model and fair and equitable cost of service principles.

Ingmar Sterzing is currently serving as Vice President of Power Supply and Energy Services for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) in Johnson City, Texas. Ingmar has held leadership positions at Westinghouse Electric Company, General Electric, the Lower Colorado River Authority and LS Power, where he managed fuel and power operations, developed and constructed new power plants and transmission assets, and managed a portfolio of power plants. Sterzing holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

PRICE & OTHER INFORMATION
Members & State Govt. Employees -
$10, Non-Members - $20

ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD IS RECOMMENDED - GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT, RECEIVE YOUR ELECTRONIC RECEIPT IMMEDIATELY & AVOID THE LINE!

If you have any questions about the luncheon, please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com 

If you encounter problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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Oct
12
1:15 PM13:15

Securing Capital for Energy Storage: Hear Latest Insights at ACORE Finance West

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Fireside Chat: Financing Energy Storage
October 12, 1:15-2:15 pm


Energy Leaders Converge at ACORE Finance West

Ira Ehrenpreis Managing Partner DBL Par

Ira Ehrenpreis
Managing Partner
DBL Par

Susan Kennedy Founder & CEO Advanced Microgrid Systems

Susan Kennedy
Founder & CEO
Advanced Microgrid Systems

Rhys Marsh Director CIT Energy Finance

Rhys Marsh
Director
CIT Energy Finance

Mark Vandehelm Vice President Energy Walmart

Mark Vandehelm
Vice President Energy
Walmart

Senior players in the energy storage market will provide insights on the recent boom in deployment, how it will continue to shape western electricity markets, project economics and challenges in securing capital.


Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities

ACORE Finance West offers a suite of customizable sponsorship packages to ensure your company gets the most out of your event experience. For additional information, please contact Cindi Eck at eck@acore.org


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Oct
12
8:00 AM08:00

Featured Speakers: ACORE Finance West

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October 12th at the Bently Reserve

ACORE Finance West convenes a select group of prominent renewable energy executives, investors, corporate purchasers, and other top transactional professionals to assess recent developments, increase deal flow and maximize opportunities for financing and development of renewable energy in the Western U.S.

ACORE Finance West is hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a nonprofit group with hundreds of organizational members from across the spectrum of renewable energy technologies and a producer of REFF-Wall Street, the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.

Morning Keynote Address

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Presentation: Market Outlook

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Session Highlight: The State of Project Finance
9:45-10:45am

Kevin Walsh Managing Director, Renewable Energy GE ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES

Kevin Walsh
Managing Director, Renewable Energy
GE ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES

Jack Cargas Managing Director, Renewable Energy Finance BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH

Jack Cargas
Managing Director, Renewable Energy Finance
BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH

Jordan Newman Director, Principal Investments, Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance WELLS FARGO

Jordan Newman
Director, Principal Investments, Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance
WELLS FARGO

Beth Waters Managing Director, Project Finance - Americas MUFG

Beth Waters
Managing Director, Project Finance - Americas
MUFG

Steve Vavrik Chief Commercial Officer APEX CLEAN ENERGY

Steve Vavrik
Chief Commercial Officer
APEX CLEAN ENERGY

 

Leading investors will discuss trends in project debt and tax equity for renewable energy projects and what to expect in terms, tenor, and risk acceptance.

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Oct
11
to Oct 12

AWEA October 2017 Congressional Fly-In: Texas & Oklahoma

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Promoting the benefits of wind energy in communities across Texas and Oklahoma and building congressional support for our priorities. 

AWEA is organizing a targeted, two-day lobbying event in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12, to promote the benefits of wind energy in communities across Texas and Oklahoma and build support on Capitol Hill for our current and future priorities. 

Participants in the event will engage with federal representatives from Texas and Oklahoma -- the two states where we have both a great story to tell and current and emerging barriers to continued development.  

THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE

  • Issue and advocacy training for industry participants;
  • Hill visits with targeted Texas and Oklahoma federal representatives and staff;
  • A networking social.

Please help us also identify partners within your supply chain that we can reach out to and ensure we have representation from all players in the local wind story, including:

  • Landowners leasing land for wind projects;
  • County officials involved in the project siting process;
  • Local representatives that have realizing tax revenues and other payments from wind project development;
  • Wind technicians that were trained at community colleges and other programs or working to install or operate and maintain wind generator;
  • Veterans now working in the industry; and,
  • Members of the wind development and local community that have worked together with local military installations to successfully site wind projects while sustaining military base readiness.

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Oct
10
1:00 PM13:00

Siting for Renewable Energy

NEW DIRECTIONS: 
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN A TRANSFORMING ENVIRONMENT WEBINAR SERIES

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Noon – 1:00 P.M. CDT

Please join Husch Blackwell and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance for a series of webinars focused on the Texas renewable industry. This webinar will focus on siting issues, challenges, legal issues, and opportunities for wind and solar resources in Texas.

Presenters
Lacey W. Breeden, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
Laura Caspari, Director of Development, SoCore Energy
Ben Fairbanks, Senior Director, Business Development, NRG Energy

Who Should Attend
Renewable developers, solar service providers, utilities, public officials, investment banks, private equity companies, environmental entities, general counsel, and other development consultants and service providers.

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

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

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Oct
3
to Oct 4

GCPA 32nd Annual Fall Conference

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

  1. 9am - 11:45am - Free Training Session by Texas RE
  2. 11am - Fall Golf Tournament - Shotgun
  3. Morning Workshop “Compliance Basics for Market Participants”
  4. 1pm - 4:30pm - Afternoon Workshop "Cybersecurity: It’s NOT Just a NERC Thing"
  5. 6pm - 7:30pm - Welcome Cocktail Reception

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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Sep
26
to Sep 27

Kansas Energy Conference & DG Workshop

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Distributed Generation Workshop
September 27th following the Kansas Energy Conference
DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport, Wichita, KS

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Please join DWEA for a Distributed Generation Workshop co-hosted by the Clean Energy Business Council and Kansas Department of Commerce alongside the Kansas Energy Conference September 26-27 in Wichita, Kansas. The half-day Distributed Generation Workshop will follow the conference on September 27th and will be presented as an add-on option for conference attendees.

During the conference and workshop attendees, sponsors, and presenters will participate in general and breakout sessions, meet local and national energy experts, and visit diverse exhibits. Rural cooperatives and utilities, farmers and agricultural producers, state and local policy makers, cleantech industry members, major developers, corporate purchasers, and all other interested parties are invited to participate. The full conference agenda, registration information, and additional details are available here. We hope to see you in Wichita!

Conference and Workshop Sessions Include:

  • Corporate Renewable Energy Potential in Kansas
  • Clean Energy as an Economic Development Tool
  • DG101: The Fundamentals of Distributed Generation 
  • Success Stories: Telling the Tale of DG in Kansas
  • Defining the DG Market in Kansas

Take a look at the full AGENDA

Click HERE to register!


Thank you to the DWEA Distributed Generation Workshop Sponsors!

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Sep
25
12:00 PM12:00

Project Disposition and Acquisition

ON THE HORIZON WEBINAR SERIES: TRIMMING COSTS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS  

Project Disposition and Acquisition

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm cdt

In this installment, Husch Blackwell attorneys will discuss ways to reduce the costs associated with the acquisition and disposition of renewable energy projects and increase efficiencies throughout the life of the transaction. We will address common issues that typically require significant negotiation between the parties, as well as novel issues that require thoughtful consideration, planning, and negotiation.

PRESENTERS

Steve F. Carman, Partner
Victoria H. Sitz, Partner

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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

This program is pending approval for California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

REGISTRATION

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

QUESTIONS

Contact Emily Kenyon at 816.983.8776.

 

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Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

CleanTX Power Hour

  • Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) (map)
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Thursday, September 21st 6:30 - 8:00 pm

at the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)
2815 San Gabriel St, Austin TX 78705

Featuring

 
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Free for CleanTX members, $10 for non members.
Dinner wil be provided!

Civic Farms is an Austin-based vertical farming consortium providing business solutions, innovation and technology, marketing, and branding services to companies in the vertical farming industry, the plant nursery industry, the plant-based pharma industry, the retail sector, the food service industry and CEA research companies and educational institutions. The Civic Farms R&D and Innovation Center is being constructed at Biosphere 2 – University of Arizona and the Civic Farms consumer brand is based on a patent-pending, process-optimized grow tray design. The Civic Farms mission is to profitably consolidate and scale vertical farming to provide affordable, locally grown, fresh produce to consumers; create consumer brand and long-term IP value for stakeholders; and develop and commercialize technology across the vertical farming industry’s first consolidated entity.

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Sep
21
11:30 AM11:30

GCPA Houston Luncheon

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GCPA Houston Luncheon

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"Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage – A Technologically Proven, Cost Competitive Solution That Can Solve Multiple Grid Problems"

SPEAKER

Charles W. Vaughan
Vice President, Business Development -
U.S. & Canada, AES Energy Storage

Utilities and grid operators have begun to realize that battery energy storage is a technologically proven, scalable, and cost competitive solution to multiple problems that they face within their networks. This is the result of three key factors that this presentation will address: #1 - Innovative technological advances in system architectures and components; #2 - Recent system cost reductions; and #3 - A significant installed base of operating projects with multiple operating years meeting or exceeding operational expectations, resulting in the technology being perceived as proven. This presentation will also discuss some examples of various grid problems and how battery energy storage can be a solution.

Our speaker Charles Vaughan is Vice President, Business Development – U.S. & Canada for AES Energy Storage, a division of the AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 global energy company (NYSE: AES). He has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry focusing on wind, solar, and energy storage projects and has worked for project developers, equipment manufacturers, and services providers. He has originated, negotiated and closed transactions worth over $3 billion and 3,000 mega-watts of energy capacity.

LOCATION

The Downtown Club at Houston Center
1100 Caroline Street - 11th Floor (Level C in elevator in garage)
Houston, TX 77002

PARKING

Available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline Street located above the garage):

ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR - From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left

Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club - Houston Center

PRICE & OTHER INFORMATION

Pre-Registration Deadline - Wed. Sep. 20th at 12 noon

GCPA Members & State Govt. Employees - $30
Non-Members - $40

*There will be an additional $5 surcharge for any walk-in registrants at the luncheon.

ADVANCE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD IS RECOMMENDED - RECEIVE YOUR ELECTRONIC RECEIPT IMMEDIATELY & AVOID THE LINE!

If you encounter problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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Sep
14
5:15 PM17:15

UT Energy Symposium

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"U.S. Climate Policy: The Importance of
Thinking and Acting Regionally"


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David E. Adelman

Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Thursday, September 14, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302)

Refreshments served at 4:45 p.m.


David E. Adelman holds the Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, energy policy, and law & science. Professor Adelman’s research draws on a mix of traditional legal analysis, empirical methods, and in-depth assessments of relevant environmental and climate science. His articles have addressed such topics as the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change, and more recently empirical studies of clean air and climate policies. Professor Adelman received a B.A. from Reed College, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Professor Adelman was a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and an associate with the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the law faculty at the University of Arizona. He joined the UT Austin faculty in 2009.

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Sep
13
to Sep 14

SGCC’s 6th Annual Members Meeting and Fall Workshop

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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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Sep
12
4:00 PM16:00

UT Energy Symposium

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"U.S. Climate Policy: The Importance of

Thinking and Acting Regionally"


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David E. Adelman

Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law


Thurs, Sept 14, 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302)
Refreshments served at 4:45pm

David E. Adelman holds the Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, energy policy, and law & science. Professor Adelman’s research draws on a mix of traditional legal analysis, empirical methods, and in-depth assessments of relevant environmental and climate science. His articles have addressed such topics as the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change, and more recently empirical studies of clean air and climate policies. Professor Adelman received a B.A. from Reed College, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Professor Adelman was a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and an associate with the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the law faculty at the University of Arizona. He joined the UT Austin faculty in 2009.

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Aug
30
9:00 AM09:00

GCPA 4th Annual SPP Regional Conference

  • The Westin-Dallas Fort Worth Airport (map)
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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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Aug
25
11:45 AM11:45

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
22
5:30 PM17:30

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
22
12:00 PM12:00

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.

Register

 

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