GridNEXT is The Industry Event created by Members for Members.
GridNEXT is the energy-industry conference focused specifically on how renewable technologies in Texas are transforming the Grid of the Future. It is the premier event of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA).
Distinguished Speakers and Keynotes
Sunday, October 21
GridNEXT Conference Registration Begins
Check in to the hotel, drop your bags and then join us at the registration table to secure your name badge and answer any questions you may have about the Conference Agenda.
SUNDAY – FUNDAY!
We asked for feedback, and our members provided it! Prior GridNEXT Attendees and TREIA Members have requested additional networking opportunities with their peers in the renewable energy industry and we’re pleased to accommodate the request.
Based on your suggestions, this year GridNEXT is proud to announce three offerings for attendees to take full advantage of socializing and networking with others. And they all begin on Sunday, in advance of the educational program.
This year GridNEXT is offering an opportunity for attendees to indulge in a luxurious experience that promises to reduce the stress in your life. SpaLuxe Spa welcomes you to revitalize your mind, body, and spirit with specials and discounted rates for GridNEXT attendees and guests. Visit their website to view treatments, review the Spa Luxe experience, or book an appointment. All financial exchanges will be between the spa and recipient directly. Mention GridNEXT for 20% OFF all services.
GridNEXT Inaugural Golf Outing: Georgetown County Club
Advance Reservation Required, $100 per player
The Planning Committee is pleased to offer the GridNEXT Inaugural Golf Outing at this year's conference. It's the perfect opportunity to network with existing colleagues or meet new ones while you enjoy the beautiful Georgetown Country Club. Tee times are offered on Sunday afternoon, and golfers will compete in a "skins" tournament.
Opening Reception at Rentsch Brewery, Georgetown
An evening networking event at the 100% renewables-powered, family-owned, Rentsch Brewery. Rentsch prides itself on being the first craft brewery in Georgetown, Texas and an active part of the local community. As a family run operation; it incorporates Old World German and New World American styles to create great beer!
A complimentary shuttle from the Sheraton will depart at 6pm to the Brewery and at 9pm from the Brewery, back to the Sheraton.
Monday, October 22
Registration Open for Conference Attendees
Breakfast with the TREIA Board
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and an opportunity to hear from members of TREIA Board of Directors. This introduction to the day will allow you to hear first-hand the vision, values, and strategic direction of the organization in a comfortable and informal setting. Get to know the newest members of the TREIA Board, and those that have served to build the Alliance into the network it is today. It’s a great way to get to know the team, ask questions about the direction of TREIA, and learn how to get involved with TREIA Committees.
The Texas Power Market Workshop
Led by Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Following on last year’s successful and standing-room only workshop, we offer a reprise and an upgrade of “The Evolution of Texas Electricity Markets and the Impact of Emerging Technologies.” A lot has happened in the last year, both globally and in Texas. You’ll find out what happened and why it matters in this discussion on the Texas Power Market, led by Peter Kelly-Detwiler.
Lunch and Keynote
Charles Dickerson, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operations Officer, Austin Energy
Sustainability: How Texas Municipalities are building Sustainability with Renewables
Jim Briggs, General Manager, Georgetown Utility Systems
Khalil Shalabi, Vice President, Austin Energy
Sustainability: The Journey to 50% Renewable Energy by 2030
Texas leads the nation with over 18% of electricity supplied from renewable sources. While the trend looks to continue with further expansion of wind and solar through 2020, what will it take to achieve 50% by 2030? Will the steady expansion of renewables continue despite the ever-changing energy landscape? What does 50% renewable energy look like for Texas in terms of rates, economic development, jobs, infrastructure, and reliability? How can the renewable energy industry capture additional value for Texas along the way? What new innovations and business opportunities will arise from this expansion? This panel will discuss the goal of achieving 50% renewable energy by 2030 and the opportunities and challenges that will be realized along the journey to achieve this goal.
Panel discussion led by Ingmar Sterzing, CEO, Skaia Energy
Dean Tuel, Younicos
Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director, Texas Solar Power Association
Resilience: Case Studies of City Initiatives towards Resiliency
The City of San Antonio, in coordination with CPS Energy (San Antonio's municipal utility), is currently in the process of writing a Climate Action and Adaptation plan. This plan will outline pathways for the City of San Antonio to meet the Paris Climate Agreement through mitigation strategies and prepare the community, municipal government operations, and other key sectors for the anticipated impacts of climate change through an adaptation plan.
Angela Rodriguez, Interim Director of Climate & Sustainability, CPS Energy
Doug Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability
Dr. Femi Osidele, Senior Consultant, Cimbria Consulting
GridNEXT Mixer and “Around the Grid” Challenge Networking Event
After a day of learning and thought-provoking conversation, join your colleagues and peers for a networking opportunity to socialize with other professionals in a relaxed and informal setting with refreshments. And, display your competitive spirit with the newly created, “Around the Grid” Challenge that promises to be a fun ending to a great day.
Tuesday, October 23
“Around the Grid” Challenge Winner Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast as we prepare for the final day of GridNEXT 2018 conference where winners of the “Around the Grid” Challenge will be awarded.
Resilience: Planning for System & Recoverability
The electric industry is at a major crossroad and traditional approaches to problem solving are being replaced by new technologies. Decisions affecting the T&D networks made today will affect how power is supplied for decades to follow. Tomorrow’s modern power system will be a mix of generation sources including microgrids, working together, and delivering energy in multiple directions. Microgrids will be providing enhanced resiliency and will be owned by utility customers, third parties and/or agencies providing life safety services. Our software, models, planning, design and operations must transform now to reflect modern power systems. We need to recognize T&D grids as a much more complex combined power system with no clear separation of functions.
Hala Ballouz, President, Electric Power Engineers
Ken Donohoo, Director, Electric Power Engineers
Resilience: Regulatory Challenges and Solutions to Enable the Use of Storage in Texas
Leveraging all the revenue streams that storage can provide requires the ability to treat storage as a transmission/distribution asset. This session will review where barriers in the Texas current energy market and regulatory structure to allow deployment of batteries as an asset, and what it may take to advance the market in the right direction. The session will highlight how the Texas market is different than other markets in the US in treatment of storage
Communities: Homes and Communities for 21st Century & How to Replicate
Can Texas Communities and homebuilders meet the customer's desire for affordable housing, green certification and renewable energy? Hear about the Whisper Valley neighborhood and what builders are doing in this community to achieve those goals.
Facilitator, Mike Myers, LEED AP, CEO, Myers Verde
David Jankowsky, CEO Francis Solar
Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green
Lunch and Keynote
Sustainability: Technology Tools to Roadmap your Renewable Pipeline in a Dynamically Changing Grid Environment
Key tools to assist developers to fast track development pipeline decisions.
Community Engagement on the Rise: Social Permitting – The Key to Project Success
Renewables developers have a lot to be proud of when launching a new infrastructure project. So why does it seem so hard to get a project done? Why do you have to spend so much time and money fighting opposition and spin? You may have gotten the regulatory permits necessary to proceed but neglected to collect the social permit -- the public’s support. Without it opposition is empowered to speak up and organize, potentially costing you significant delays and millions of dollars in added costs. This panel will discuss the strategies and lessons learned with community engagement.
Jeff Risley, Chief Strategy Officer, Saxum
Susan Sloan, Vice President, State Affairs, AWEA
Melissa Miller, Regional Manager, Central US Renewables, Avangrid Renewables
Bringing It All Together: Renewables for Resilience, Sustainability & Community
Facilitated by Peter Kelly-Detwiler