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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

 
  Charles Dickerson,  Deputy General Manager and Chief Operations Officer, Austin Energy  BIO

Charles Dickerson, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operations Officer, Austin Energy BIO

  Peter Kelly-Detwiler  GridNEXT Emcee & TREIA Storyteller in Residence  BIO

Peter Kelly-Detwiler GridNEXT Emcee & TREIA Storyteller in Residence BIO

 
  Jim Briggs,  General Manager, Georgetown Utility Systems  BIO

Jim Briggs, General Manager, Georgetown Utility Systems BIO

  Khalil Shalabi,  Vice President, Austin Energy  BIO

Khalil Shalabi, Vice President, Austin Energy BIO

  Dean Tuel,  Vice President Sales Ongrid - Microgrids and Storage Solutions, Younicos  BIO

Dean Tuel, Vice President Sales Ongrid - Microgrids and Storage Solutions, Younicos BIO

  Doug Melnick , Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Doug Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

  Dr. Femi Osidele,  Senior Consultant, Cimbria Consulting  BIO

Dr. Femi Osidele, Senior Consultant, Cimbria Consulting BIO

  Hala Ballouz , President, Electric Power Engineers  BIO

Hala Ballouz, President, Electric Power Engineers BIO

  Ken Donohoo , Director, Electric Power Engineers  BIO

Ken Donohoo, Director, Electric Power Engineers BIO

  Mike Myers,  LEED AP, CEO, Myers Verde  BIO

Mike Myers, LEED AP, CEO, Myers Verde BIO

  David Jankowsky , CEO Francis Solar  BIO

David Jankowsky, CEO Francis Solar BIO

  Anita Ledbetter , Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green  BIO

Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green BIO

  Jeff Risley , Chief Strategy Officer, Saxum  BIO

Jeff Risley, Chief Strategy Officer, Saxum BIO

  Susan Sloan , Vice President, State Affairs, AWEA

Susan Sloan, Vice President, State Affairs, AWEA

  Melissa Miller,  Regional Manager, Central US Renewables, Avangrid Renewables  BIO

Melissa Miller, Regional Manager, Central US Renewables, Avangrid Renewables BIO

  Annemarie Diaz,  Vice President, Austin Energy  BIO

Annemarie Diaz, Vice President, Austin Energy BIO

  Chris Reeder,  Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP  BIO

Chris Reeder, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP BIO

  Ingmar Sterzing,  CEO, Skaia Energy  BIO

Ingmar Sterzing, CEO, Skaia Energy BIO

  Chris Foster,  Manager of Resource Planning & Integration, Georgetown Utility Systems  BIO

Chris Foster, Manager of Resource Planning & Integration,
Georgetown Utility Systems BIO

  Luke Metzger,  Founding Director, Envinroment Texas  BIO

Luke Metzger, Founding Director, Envinroment Texas BIO

  Angela Rodriguez,  Interim Director of Climate & Sustainability, CPS Energy

Angela Rodriguez, Interim Director of Climate & Sustainability, CPS Energy

 
 

Agenda-at-a-Glance

 
 
 

Sunday, October 21

2:00-5:00pm
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.

 

 

12:00-9:00pm
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.

 

 

12:00-5:00pm
Spa Retreat

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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.

 

 

1:30-5:00pm
GridNEXT Inaugural Golf Outing: Georgetown County Club
Advance Reservation Required, $100 per player

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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.

 

 

6:00-9:00pm
Opening Reception at Rentsch Brewery, Georgetown

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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

7:30-12:00pm
Registration Open for Conference Attendees

 

 

7:30-8:30am
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.

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8:30-12:00 noon
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.

 

 

12:30-1:45pm
Lunch and Keynote

Charles Dickerson, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operations Officer, Austin Energy

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1:45-2:30pm
Sustainability: How Texas Municipalities are building Sustainability with Renewables

Panelists:
Jim Briggs,
General Manager, Georgetown Utility Systems
Khalil Shalabi, Vice President, Austin Energy

 

 

2:30-3:00pm
Networking Break

 

 

3:00-4:00pm
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

Panelists:
Dean Tuel,
Younicos
Charlie Hemmeline,
Executive Director, Texas Solar Power Association

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4:00-5:00pm
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

 

 

5:00-6:30pm
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

7:30-8:30am
“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.

 

 

8:30-9:30am
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

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9:30-10:30am
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

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10:30-11:00am
Networking Break

 

 

11:00-12:00pm
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

Panelists:
David Jankowsky, CEO Francis Solar
Anita Ledbetter, Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green

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12:00-1:00pm
Lunch and Keynote

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1:00-2:00pm
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.

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2:00-3:00pm
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

 

 

3:00-3:30pm
Bringing It All Together:  Renewables for Resilience, Sustainability & Community

Facilitated by Peter Kelly-Detwiler

 

 

Sponsors

Corporate

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