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GCPA Fall 2022 Conference

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37th Annual Fall
Conference & Exhibition

October 4th - 5th, 2022
The AT&T Conference Center in Austin

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CONFERENCE CHAIRS:
Suzanne Bertin, Owner, S. Bertin Consulting
Bryan Sams, Vice President, Government & Regulatory, Calpine

 

This Year’s Largest “Must Attend” Power Industry Event -
OUR FIRST IN-PERSON FALL CONFERENCE SINCE 2019!

Prominent Industry & Government Speakers
Timely Session Topics & Discussions
PLUS Cocktail Reception on Tue. October 4th

 

Pre-Conference Activity Add-Ons on Monday, October 3rd

Afternoon: 1/2 Day Workshop - “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Energy Demand”
Evening: Welcome Reception for Attendees at AT&T Conference Center
See the Pre-Conference Activities tab for more details


CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Join us at this year’s leading electric power conference
for the ERCOT/Gulf Coast region.

600+ attendance expected based on 2019 attendance of 683 with approximately one-third of these attendees holding upper level management titles ranging from CEO to Vice President
 

Pre-Conference Activity Add-Ons - Monday, October 3

  • Workshop - “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Energy Demand” from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Registration Opens at 1 PM)

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception for Attendees at AT&T Conference Center from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Fall Conference Day One - Tuesday, October 4

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast opens at 7:00 AM

  • Conference opening welcome at 8:00 AM

  • Sessions and keynotes from 8:10 AM - 5:10 PM

  • Cocktail Reception from 5:10 PM - 7:00 PM


Fall Conference Day Two - Wednesday, October 5

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast opens at 7:45 AM

  • Sessions and keynotes from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Conference adjourns at close of final session at 12:00 PM

     

    REGISTRATION QUESTIONS?

    Contact Penny Sullivan at
    psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org or 281-974-0624

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HOTEL, ROOM RESERVATION & PARKING INFORMATION

GCPA has a room block with a limited number of rooms at the AT&T Conference Center located at 1900 University Ave., Austin TX 78705. Standard King and Double Queen rooms are available at the special rate of $230 per night. Rate includes complimentary in-room high speed wireless internet service. Reservations must be received on or before the room block cutoff date of Monday, September 12th.


CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE

Call 512-404-3600 if you need assistance; mention the room block

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Parking is available in the attached Conference Center Garage. Guests may self-park for 8-24 hours for $21 per day. Valet services are also available at the University Avenue entrance for $21 per day or $35 for overnight.

AGENDA - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4


7:00 AM     REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
 
8:00 AM     GCPA President’s Welcome: Mark Dreyfus, Principal, MD Energy Consulting
                   Recognition of Chairs: Kim Casey, Executive Director, GCPA
                   Conference Introduction: Suzanne Bertin, Owner, S. Bertin Consulting
                                                               Bryan Sams, VP Government & Regulatory, Calpine
 
8:10 AM     KEYNOTE ADDRESS: William H. “Bill” Flores, Vice-Chair & Independent Board Member, ERCOT; Former Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives

8:40 AM     Session I - Market Design Redux
State agencies and market participants are interpreting and implementing statutory changes passed in 2021 to enhance the ERCOT market. This panel of market experts will explore the content of recent agency rules and orders, and look ahead to any additional regulatory changes. Recent and ongoing projects to enhance the market include weatherization, Market Design Phase I, Market Design Phase II, and state agency rulemaking projects to incorporate demand response, distributed generation and energy storage as well as meaningful transmission planning reform.
Moderator: Carrie Bivens, Vice President, Potomac Economics; ERCOT IMM Director
Panelists:
Clif Lange, Manager of Wholesale Marketing/QSE, South Texas Electric Cooperative
Tonya Baer Miller, Executive Director, Texas Solar Power Association
Michele Richmond, Executive Director, Texas Competitive Power Advocates

9:35 AM     NETWORKING BREAK

10:05 AM   KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Thad Hill, CEO, Calpine

10:35 AM   Session II - Lincoln Douglas Debate: Transmission Reforms and Market Design
The Lincoln-Douglas debate traces its roots to the 1858 Illinois U.S. Senate race when Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held nine debates across the state. We will be using a modified Lincoln Douglas debate format to address this proposition: Transmission planning and regulatory reforms to “relieve congestion” are compatible with market design regulatory reforms to retain and incentivize dispatchable generation in ERCOT’s Energy Only Market. Mark Stover will present the affirmative case and Bill Barnes will present the negative case.
Moderator: Barbara Clemenhagen, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Customized Energy Solutions
Debaters:
Bill Barnes, Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs, NRG Energy
Mark Stover, Director, State Affairs, Apex Clean Energy

11:15 AM   Session III - Transmission Planning for the Future
In 2021, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1281, requiring the PUC to implement a consumer benefits test for transmission planning. As the PUC examines how best to implement this additional tool, it is also weighing significant market design changes. This panel will discuss the ongoing challenges to transmission development within ERCOT, including their views on whether more transmission is needed and whether the addition of the consumer benefits test or criteria allowing for transmission projects based on resiliency will be enough.
Moderator: Woody Rickerson, Vice President, System Planning & Weatherization, ERCOT
Panelists:
Bob Bradish, Sr. Vice President, Regulated Infrastructure Investment Planning, AEP
Amanda Frazier, Sr. Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Vistra Energy
Eric Schubert, Energy & Climate Change Regulatory Affairs Advisor, LyondellBasell

12:00 PM   LUNCHEON

1:30 PM     KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Jim Burke, CEO, Vistra

2:00 PM     MOONSHOT: “Modernizing the Grid with DC Transmission” - Kris Zadlo, Chief Development Officer, Grid United

2:15 PM     Session IV - Outlook for Electric Issues in the 2023 Texas Legislative Session
Time to get ready for the Texas Legislature! Every other year, the members of the Legislature descend on Austin to deliberate issues affecting the lives of Texas citizens and businesses. Hear a panel of senior legislators discuss their expectations for the upcoming legislative session. This is a can’t-miss session for anyone interested in legislative and regulatory issues affecting the energy industry in Texas.
Moderator: Phil Wilson, General Manager, LCRA
Panelists:
Donna Howard, Representative, Texas State Legislature
Nathan Johnson, Senator, Texas State Legislature
Phil King, Representative, Texas State Legislature

3:00 PM     emPOWERing YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AWARD PRESENTATION

3:10 PM     NETWORKING BREAK

3:40 PM     KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A Conversation with Tanya Sessions, U.S. Power & Grid Segment Leader, Schneider Electric; Facilitated by Dr. Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, UT Austin

4:10 PM     Session V - Keeping Up with the Joneses: A Roundtable Discussion
Industry experts with the last name Jones who have had direct involvement in the creation and ongoing regulation of today’s Texas competitive market will discuss perspectives on the beginning days of ERCOT, lessons learned, recent market issues, hopes for the future and the continued evolution of the competitive market in Texas.
Roundtable Members:
Brad Jones, Interim CEO, ERCOT
Dan Jones, Independent Consultant
Liz Jones, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Oncor
Sam Jones, Former CEO, ERCOT

5:10 - 7:00 PM     COCKTAIL RECEPTION

 

AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

7:45 AM     REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM     KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Evan Smith, CEO, Texas Tribune

9:15 AM    Session VI - A Buyer’s Perspective on the Current ERCOT Retail Market
All retail electricity buyers in ERCOT are experiencing a bit of sticker shock in 2022. Increased natural gas prices, a tight summer supply/demand balance, and a shift to more conservative operations at ERCOT are among some of the contributing factors. This panel led by the Interim Public Counsel of OPUC will discuss their observations on the current state of the retail market, buying strategies, the impact of regulatory changes, and the outlook for the future.
Moderator: Chris Ekoh, Interim Chief Executive & Public Counsel, OPUC
Panelists:
Matt Hobson, Principal, Energy Edge
Andrew Spankuch, Director, Commercial, Freeport LNG
Monica Walker, Green Electron Accelerator, Power & Utility Strategy Team, General Motors

10:00 AM   MOONSHOT - “Green Hydrogen: Is It the Future?” - Brian Maxwell, Founder & CEO, GHI

10:15 AM   NETWORKING BREAK

10:45 AM    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Will McAdams, Commissioner, Texas PUC

11:10 AM    Session VII - Small But Mighty
Customer preferences and enabling technologies are driving the rapid adoption of DERs including demand response, solar, storage, EV fleets, and other small fast ramping generators. This panel will discuss the key benefits including greater reliability, resilience, customer engagement, and cost savings that these "small" resources can offer to customers and the ERCOT grid,. Panelists will also discuss market barriers such as metering and telemetry requirements, evolving market and regulatory frameworks, interoperability, conflicting utility and customer incentives that need to be addressed to realize their "mighty" potential.
Moderator: Rahul Kar, Sr. Vice President, AutoGrid
Panelists:
Claire Alford, Associate, Market Development, Highland Fleets
Amy Heart, Vice President, Public Policy, Sunrun
Cory Redding Sr., Founder & CEO, Redding Technologies Inc.

12:00 PM   CONFERENCE ADJOURNS

PRE-CONFERENCE ADD-ONS - MONDAY, OCTOBER 3


PRE-CONFERENCE HALF DAY WORKSHOP

“Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Energy Demand”
AT&T Conference Center 1:30 - 4:30 (Check-In at 1:00 PM)

ERCOT has projected gigawatts of new "large flexible load" - most of which is Bitcoin mining. But what exactly is Bitcoin, and why is so much mining load coming to Texas?

Some Bitcoin is being co-located with existing generators, and others are developing on their own. Controllable load resources will have considerations for nodal pricing, offering ancillary services, and other new obligations and opportunities arising from the Large Flexible Load Task Force.

Discussion topics will include:

  • What are blockchain and Bitcoin? How does Bitcoin get its value? How do Bitcoin prices impact investment in Texas? What about non-Bitcoin blockchain and web3?

  • What are these new data centers like and how do they operate?

  • How are these new loads interconnected? What is the new process established by ERCOT? How does it compare to generators and other loads?

  • What is happening at the Large Flexible Load Task Force?

  • What is the experience of QSEs that are integrating these new loads into their portfolio?

Pricing WITH Conference Registration: $200
Pricing WITHOUT Conference Registration: $300

Full agenda - COMING SOON


WELCOME COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Mingle and network at a Welcome Cocktail Reception
on Monday, October 3rd at the AT&T Conference Center
from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Pricing: $40

 

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS?

Contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org or 281-974-0624



 

Full agenda - COMING SOON

“Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Energy Demand”
AT&T Conference Center 1:30 - 4:30 (Check-In at 1:00 PM)

ERCOT has projected gigawatts of new "large flexible load" - most of which is Bitcoin mining. But what exactly is Bitcoin, and why is so much mining load coming to Texas?

Some Bitcoin is being co-located with existing generators, and others are developing on their own. Controllable load resources will have considerations for nodal pricing, offering ancillary services, and other new obligations and opportunities arising from the Large Flexible Load Task Force.

Discussion topics will include:

  • What are blockchain and Bitcoin? How does Bitcoin get its value? How do Bitcoin prices impact investment in Texas? What about non-Bitcoin blockchain and web3?

  • What are these new data centers like and how do they operate?

  • How are these new loads interconnected? What is the new process established by ERCOT? How does it compare to generators and other loads?

  • What is happening at the Large Flexible Load Task Force?

  • What is the experience of QSEs that are integrating these new loads into their portfolio?

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT INFORMATION

PEs: As part of the Continuing Education Program requirements for Professional Engineers in Texas, each licensed engineer is required to earn 15 hours per year of Professional Development Hours (PDH). Attendees will receive approximately 9.5 hours of credit if all conference sessions are attended. 2.5 credit hours will also be available for the 10/3 workshop.

CPAs: GCPA is a Board Registered CPE Sponsor with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of our CPE program. The learning objectives for CPAs attending the conference are: to obtain an in-depth understanding of market design, transmission reforms, transmission planning for the future, DC transmission, 2023 legislative outlook, the commercial retail market, green hydrogen, and DERs. There are no prerequisites. Attendees will receive approximately 11.5 hours of credit if all sessions are attended. 2.5 credit hours will also be available for the 10/3 workshop. The learning objectives for the workshop are: to obtain an in-depth understanding of bitcoin, blockchain and energy demand.

Attorneys: GCPA plans to apply to the Texas State Bar for MCLE credit approval for portions of this conference. Once approval is received, the specifics will be posted here.

PRICING INFORMATION

CONFERENCE PRICING - price includes one and a half day conference on Tue 10/4 - Wed 10/5 and cocktail reception on 10/4. *Non-Member rate includes 2022 Individual Membership good through 1/31/23.
 
CONFERENCE Early Bird Reg. through 9/12/22 Regular Reg. 9/13/22-9/30/22 Onsite Reg. 10/4/22-10/5/22
GCPA Member $795 $950 $1050
Non-Member* $1020 $1175 $1275
Govt./State Agency Employee $295 $295 $350
GCPA Member in Job Search Mode $375 $375 $475
Non-Member in Job Search Mode* $600 $600 $700
Student $125 $125 $150
 

WORKSHOP PRICING - price includes half day workshop on Mon 10/3, beverages and snack.
 
WORKSHOP Early Bird Reg. through 9/12/22 Regular Reg. 9/13/22-9/30/22 Onsite Reg. 10/3/22
Fee w/ conf. registration $200 $250 $275
Fee W/OUT conf. reg. $300 $350 $375


WELCOME RECEPTION PRICING - price includes welcome reception on Mon 10/3, one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. Additional cocktails can be purchased at the bar.
 
RECEPTION Early Bird Reg. through 9/12/22 Regular Reg. 9/13/22 - 9/30/22 Onsite Reg. 10/3/22
Fee $40 $40 $45


REFUND POLICY - Cancellations must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 16 in order to receive a refund. A 10% service fee (minimum fee of $10) will be charged against all refunds. Please direct all cancellation requests to Mary Armstrong at marmstrong@gulfcoastpower.org.