TREIA Contributors


Peter Kelly-Detwiler Consultant & Energy Writer & Storyteller in Residence

With over 25 years of experience in the area of electric energy, retail power, and distributed energy assets. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler offers expertise in the areas of new technologies and the integration and interaction of on-site distributed assets with electricity markets. He is professionally active on a national level with energy companies, demand response providers, software developers, datacenter owners, and various energy start-ups. Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has written comprehensive research papers for clients on diverse topics such as the evolution of the solar industry and the relationship between data centers and global power markets. He is a frequent moderator and speaker at industry events, and offers professional workshops on the topic ranging from 3-12 hours. He also contributes regularly to and other publications focusing on topics related to disruptive innovation and the impact on the electricity industry.


Julie Beggs TREIA Development Officer

Julie Beggs is the Principal Owner of Tilde Strategies, a consulting group committed to providing leadership development and communications solutions to inspire and influence change within the organization. 

Before founding Tilde Strategies, Beggs served as the Vice-President of Corporate Services for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).  She was responsible for operations directly affecting employees, including Human Resources, Safety, Training, Facilities Management, Strategic Performance, Communications and Community Engagement. 

Prior to joining PEC, Beggs worked for the City of Austin in a variety of roles, most recently as the Deputy Director of the Corporate Communications Department.  Her role at the city included ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, producing internal and external communications, and providing exceptional customer experience with employees, elected officials, and constituents.

Julie is proud to be a fifth-generation Texan, and has earned a B.A. in Journalism from Texas State University and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward's University. 

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Kait Johnston TREIA Business Analyst & GridNEXT Event Planner

Kait Johnston joins TREIA as the GridNEXT Event Coordinator and our in-house expert on up-leveling the organization's operations. Kait has coordinated events large and small; for political campaigns, fundraisers, as well as a number of social gatherings for a large tech company in Austin, Texas. With her coding expertise, she is an integral part of our creative team as well. Reflecting on her time working in the Texas Legislature, she often jokes that politics prepared her most for what she does today. 

Kait is a lifelong Texan, raised in Rowlett, and an Aggie to boot. Today she resides in Austin, with her husband and young daughter. When she’s not keeping us in line, she enjoys expanding her culinary, creative and design skills, as well as spending ample time with family and friends.


Gaby Hoey Art Director

Although, not an original Austinite, Gaby Hoey has made Austin her home for quite a few years now. She has been creating since she was young and has been in the designing and art directing field for over 15 years. She is driven by a belief that design and creativity solves problems, making for a better user experience and a better world. Her innovative design, eye for detail, and design empathy has brought her international recognition and awards from Graphis, LogoLounge and more. She received her BFA in Communication Design at Texas State and has worked and collaborated with clients such as MSNBC, Boys & Girls Club of America, Chuy's, Lone Star Rail District and more.