AGENDA - TUESDAY, APRIL 28
7:00 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 AM GCPA President’s Welcome - Katie Coleman, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
Recognition of Chairs - Kim Casey, Executive Director, GCPA
Conference Introduction - Kenny Mercado, Sr. VP, CenterPoint Energy
Caitlin Smith, VP, AB Power Advisors
8:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS - “What Innovation Isn’t” - Mary Anne Brelinsky, President, EDF
8:45 AM Session I - Retail Innovations
Since the ERCOT retail market opened to competition in 2002, Retail Electricity Providers have introduced new and innovative products, services and business models. On this panel, Pat Wood will facilitate a conversation about the newest retail offerings inside and outside of ERCOT. Industry innovators will share perspective on what attracts new customers including marketing, product offerings and pricing models, and the trends they see for the future.
Moderator: Pat Wood III, Principal, Wood3 Resources
Jesson Bradshaw, CEO, Energy Ogre
Gregory Craig, CEO, Griddy
Matt Duesterberg, Chief Risk Officer & Founder, OhmConnect
9:45 AM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:15 AM Session II - Energy Storage Technology Solutions
Energy storage will play an increasingly important role in the future of the electric grid. Storage will integrate clean energy into the grid, reduce costs associated with meeting peak electric demands, and increase efficiency. Additionally, energy storage can stabilize supply and help keep critical systems online during an outage. This panel will examine trends in U.S. battery storage installations including alternative technologies and costs as well as market and policy drivers.
Moderator: Robert Hebner, Director, UT Austin Center for Electromechanics
John Battaglini, Director, Business Development, Marketing & Sales, Lockheed Martin Energy
Thomas Cornell, Vice President, Power & Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Ray Hohenstein, Market Applications Director, Fluence
Brian Weber, Managing Director, Transmission Development, AEP
11:15 AM Session III - Electrifying Fleets
Amazon recently placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans, representing the largest purchase of medium-duty electric vehicles in history. This action signals the opportunity other private and public fleet owners anticipate by electrifying delivery fleets, truck fleets, taxi fleets, and ride-hail fleets. This panel will explore some of the economics and technology innovations playing a key role in the decision to go electric.
Moderator: Chris Brown, Controller, City of Houston
Chris Miller, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Texas, Uber
Jeff Morris, State Affairs Director N.A., Schneider Electric
Jeff Slye, Strategic Accounts, Enel X North America
Francesa Wahl, Sr. Policy Associate, Tesla
12:00 PM LUNCHEON
1:30 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Neva Espinoza, Low Carbon Resource Initiative, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
2:00 PM Session IV - CEO Panel: A Conversation with Top Utilities in Texas and the U.S.
CEOs from three of the largest Texas regulated electric utilities join us to share their perspectives on the key issues driving future investments to serve ERCOT and beyond. Don’t miss this top-level conversation on the evolving electric and gas utility issues shaping the future of the industry at the local, state and national level.
Moderator: Kenny Mercado, Sr. Vice President, CenterPoint Energy
Nick Akins, CEO, AEP
Allen Nye, CEO, Oncor
Scott Prochazka, CEO, CenterPoint Energy
3:00 PM POWER STAR AWARD PRESENTATION
3:15 PM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
3:45 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS - “Energy Transition: Impacts to ERCOT” - Brandon Schwertner, Founder & Managing Partner, Teleios Commodities
4:05 PM Session V - Innovative Programs in Smart Cities
As municipalities plan for future infrastructure, they are looking for ways to incorporate new technologies and to integrate sustainable resources to become more attractive and resilient for residents. This panel will share how sophisticated cities are collaborating with utilities and other partners to solve key issues using advanced technology, data analytics and innovation to address critical areas in transportation, disaster response, and public safety.
Moderator: Elizabeth Brock, Director of External Engagement, CenterPoint Energy
Mandy Bishop, Program Manager, City of Columbus, Smart Columbus
Jay Boisseau, Founder, Austin CityUP
Vivian Bouet, Chief Information Officer, CPS Energy
Jessie Bounds, Director of Innovation, City of Houston
5:00 - 7:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION AT THE GROVE WITH SPECIAL GUEST - HOUSTON MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER: Rain or shine, join your colleagues and mingle with the Mayor of Houston for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at this beautiful rooftop location overlooking Downtown Houston — just across the street from the Hilton Americas.
AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
7:30 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:15 AM OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Jamey Rootes, President, Houston Texans
8:45 AM Session VI - Demand Response: How is Load Helping Scarcity in ERCOT & Other ISOs?
With low reserve margins or shortfalls in capacity, regulators and stakeholders are looking for transparency surrounding the amount and frequency of demand response. With increasing access to smart meter data, are there new programs or products to be considered? What does the future look like and how will emerging technology impact demand response? This panel will discuss demand response inside and outside of ERCOT, including industrial load resource programs, Emergency Response Service, Four Coincident Peak, price responsive load, and other forms of demand response.
Moderator: Caitlin Smith, Vice President, AB Power Advisors
Michael Brown, Chair, Peak Load Management Association
Bill Burke, Founder & CEO, Virtual Peaker
Tim Carter, Vice President, Demand Response, MP2 Energy LLC
Steven D. Powell, Executive Vice President, Operations, Southern California Edison
9:45 AM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:15 AM Session VII - Data Centers: The New Commercial & Industrial Consumers of the Power Market
Data centers are the new and future large users of power. It has been reported that data centers and digital computing may consume over 20% of the world’s electricity by 2030. This panel will discuss data centers as load resources and the advanced demand response products they can provide. The panel will also discuss how data centers are procuring power, co-locating with renewables resources, using waste gas, and more.
Moderator: John Bick, Managing Principal, Priority Power Management
Chad Harris, Global Director, Whinstone
Michael McNamara, CEO, Lancium
Michael Mindell, Senior National Account Executive, CPower
11:00 AM Session VIII - Distributed Energy and Microgrids
The increasing availability and affordability of distributed energy resources combined with recent severe weather events has created strong interest in microgrids. This panel will share relevant experiences with modern microgrid projects and how such microgrids are becoming an increasingly important part of the changing operational, legal, and regulatory landscape for the electric industry.
Moderator: Dan Bradley, Partner, Energy, Sustainability, & Infrastructure, Guidehouse
Corey Amthor, President, Enchanted Rock
Suzanne Bertin, Managing Director, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance
Steven Looney, Vice President & General Manager, Microgrids and Distributed Generation, N.A., ABB
Bill Muston, Manager Research & Development, Oncor
12:00 PM CONFERENCE ADJOURNS