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Tuesday, March 24
 

8:00am

Executive Golf Outing
Shotgun Golf Tournament with colleagues at Star Ranch Golf Club

Tuesday March 24, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Star Ranch Golf Club 2500 FM685, Hutto, TX 78634

8:00am

Registration
Come by anytime throughout the day to register or pick up your badge.

Tuesday March 24, 2015 8:00am - 9:00pm
Level M2 Lobby (AT&T Conference Center) 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

1:00pm

ETS_edu Welcome and Kick Off
Introduction, welcoming remarks, and setting session expectations. 

About ETS_edu
As aging energy and public infrastructure converge with emerging technology—complete with everything from microgrids to autonomous vehicles to smart cities to renewable energy marketplaces—the demand for skilled workers in the energy industry will continue to grow. More people need to be prepared for dealing with the next generation of energy systems, but how do they best prepare? Answering this question requires more discussion about how an energy education ecosystem can best prepare today’s and tomorrow’s energy-related workforce and entrepreneurs.  

The ETS15@edu session—hosted in conjunction with ETS15 in Austin, Texas—is a three-hour event on March 24, 2015 that will examine the impact and importance of education in developing the human capital needed to power our future energy sector. This interactive session will kickoff Zpryme’s efforts to research key challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed in energy education—and we want your input!

Join us at this critical conference and contribute to the outcomes that will advance your organization in its energy education-related objectives.

Session Outcomes Include: 
• Define the roles of educational institutions—including K-12, community colleges, and universities—in preparing skilled workers for the energy ecosystem of the future  

• Understand STEM education initiatives, and the role they play in energy education

• Learn about the importance of partnerships among education, industry and government to ensure students are getting the preparation they need to be successful in the workforce

• Discuss the relationship of energy with other industries, such as transportation, telecommunications and consumer electronics, and what these relationships mean for education

• Provide an opportunity to hear student perspectives on energy education, and learn about their energy-related school projects


Speakers
avatar for Christine Richards

Christine Richards

Sr. Research Advisor, Zpryme
H. Christine Richards is a researcher whose expertise includes the use of smart technologies in the utility industry and communities. Christine is currently a senior research advisor for Zpryme, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver. | | Prior to these roles, Christine worked at Energy Central as a research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the company’s Intelligent Utility division, and the... Read More →



Tuesday March 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

1:15pm

Universities and community colleges: Opportunities, Challenges, Lessons learned
This panel will convene educators, industry and students to identify energy education challenges and opportunities across many levels. (A 40-minute discussion with 20 minutes for Q&A)

Moderator
avatar for Roger Alford, Ph.D.

Roger Alford, Ph.D.

Research Manager, Zpryme
Dr. Roger Alford has over 30+ years in designing research studies for universities, corporate clients, and public sector clients. He leads research design for Zpryme’s primary research activities and has led studies on EVs, Smart Grid, Renewables, and consumer behavior. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour

Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour

Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Texas State University
Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Texas State University and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE).  He received his Ph.D. from Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. His main research interest is Additive Manufacturing, Product Development, and Renewable Energy. Since joining Texas State, Dr. Asiabanpour has secured 27... Read More →
avatar for Tricia Berry

Tricia Berry

Women in Engineering Program, University of Texas at Austin
Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, Tricia Berry leads efforts to recruit and graduate women in the Cockrell School of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She concurrently serves as Collaborative Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), leading the dissemination of STEM best practices and informal curriculum across Texas in coordination with... Read More →
avatar for John Gizdich III

John Gizdich III

President of Student Government Association and Founder of STEM Academy, Austin Community College District
John Gizdich III is an engineering student at the Austin Community College District, and he is planning to major in electrical engineering at a university starting in the 2015 fall semester. John is extremely dedicated to his work since he is concerned with energy, robotics with artificial intelligence, space exploration, nature-friendly technologies, and advancement of technologies in general. John became President for the Student... Read More →
avatar for Monique Jones

Monique Jones

Senior Undergraduate, Texas State University
Monique Jones is a Senior Undergraduate at Texas State University pursuing her bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Computer Engineering. She has received multiple awards while competing in local Hackathons and has played a major role as one of the main programmers and team collaborators in the local Texas State IEEE chapter of Robotics. A former member of the HLSAMP she has done volunteer work, tutored, and mentored... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

2:15pm

Networking Break
Tuesday March 24, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Level M2 Lobby (AT&T Conference Center) 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

2:30pm

K-12: Opportunities, Challenges, Lessons learned
This panel will highlight the lessons learned and best practices on energy education from universities, k-12 educators, and students. (A 40-minute discussion with 20 minutes for Q&A)

Moderator
avatar for Christine Richards

Christine Richards

Sr. Research Advisor, Zpryme
H. Christine Richards is a researcher whose expertise includes the use of smart technologies in the utility industry and communities. Christine is currently a senior research advisor for Zpryme, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver. | | Prior to these roles, Christine worked at Energy Central as a research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the company’s Intelligent Utility division, and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Becky Carter

Becky Carter

Phase I Director, ATX STEM Park
Becky Carter is an Adjunct Mathematics Professor at Austin Community College. I am the Phase I Director of ATX STEM Park. I was the curriculum writer for SkillPoint Alliance's K-12 Power Puzzle program, and passionately involved in STEM activities and curriculum K-12
avatar for Leah Grossman

Leah Grossman

Velocity Program Lead, Skillpoint Alliance
Leah specializes in bridging the gap between high school youth and STEM industry. At Skillpoint Alliance, she is responsible for overseeing the delivery of Skillpoint’s Velocity programs both during school and during the summer. Additionally she enthusiastically supports other programs relating to green technology and renewable energy. Prior to joining Skillpoint Alliance, Leah graduated from college and enjoyed traveling cross-country by... Read More →
avatar for Savita Raj

Savita Raj

Executive Director, Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering
Savita Raj has a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina. She has more than 10 years of experience working with youth focused non-profits. Currently she serves as the executive director for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering.
avatar for Gilbert Zavala

Gilbert Zavala

VP of Education and Talent Development, Austin Chamber of Commerce
Gilbert Zavala, is Vice President of Education and Talent Development at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He oversees and coordinates school district and higher education partnerships supporting the Chamber’s college readiness, financial aid, and direct-to-college enrollment strategies across 15 school districts in Central Texas. Prior to joining the Chamber, Gilbert managed college persistence and completion programming for College... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

3:30pm

Audience Brainstorming Session
In addition to Q&A opportunities with our Keynote and Panelists, audience members will have a chance to provide live feedback on what they think are the most critical opportunities to consider as we study and discuss energy education.

Moderator
avatar for Dr. Stan McClellan

Dr. Stan McClellan

Director - Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
Stan McClellan is the Director of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and researches advanced communication & networking technologies. Dr. McClellan has held notable positions in the commercial, military/aerospace, and academic industries, including Hewlett Packard, ZNYX Networks, SBE, Inc., General Dynamics, LTV Aerospace, and Rockwell International. He served as... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

4:30pm

Direct Energy Cocktail Reception
Come by and have a few drinks and and tour the home of the future exhibit.

Tuesday March 24, 2015 4:30pm - 6:30pm
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

7:00pm

Welcome Reception and Opening Keynote Session
Speakers
avatar for Doyle Beneby

Doyle Beneby

President & CEO, CPS Energy
Doyle Beneby is President and Chief Executive Officer of CPS Energy, the largest municipal electric and gas utility in the nation. A veteran of the energy industry with more than 25 years of experience, Beneby has expertise in many facets of the electric & gas utility industry including strategic planning, generation and delivery operations and asset acquisition. Since joining CPS Energy in August of 2010, Beneby has led the transition to... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center
 
Wednesday, March 25
 

7:30am

Breakfast & Networking
Network with Industry Collegues and Full Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors Can Enjoy Breakfast in the Tejas Dinning Room.

Wednesday March 25, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Level M2 Lobby (AT&T Conference Center) 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

7:30am

Registration
Come by anytime throughout the day to register or pick up your badge.

Wednesday March 25, 2015 7:30am - 6:00pm
Level M2 Lobby (AT&T Conference Center) 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Consumer Engagement Strategies
Some utilities still describe their customers as rate payers or even just “load.” However, in order for utilities to do what they need to do in the future grid, they won’t be able to do it without their customers’ willing cooperation.
  • How do utilities satisfy customers not just as a group, but as individuals? 
  • How can new technologies and data assist utilities with better understanding and engaging their customers?
  • What policy changes need to happen to enable utilities to better engage customers?

Moderator
avatar for Patty Durand

Patty Durand

Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a consumer focused non-profit aiming to promote the understanding and benefits of modernized electrical systems among all stakeholders in the United States. SGCC works to advance a consumer-safe consumer-friendly smart grid through listening to consumers, collaboration with stakeholders and consumer advocates, and educating both consumers and industry stakeholders

Speakers
avatar for Matt Duesterberg

Matt Duesterberg

Co-founder and CEO, Ohmconnect
Matt Duesterberg is co-founder and CEO of Ohmconnect. Ohmconnect connects the smart home to the smart grid, making it dead simple for users to participate in demand response events daily. Previously, he ran the data science division at utility meter data analytics company, DataRaker, which got acquired by Oracle in 2013. He got his start in the energy industry via finance; he traded futures for electricity flows for a small quantitative trading... Read More →
avatar for Abhay Gupta

Abhay Gupta

CEO & Founder, Bidgely
Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely with the mission to accomplish energy efficiency at a massive scale. He's worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Abhay is passionate about music and travel!
avatar for Jessica Lennard

Jessica Lennard

Head of Corporate Affairs, Ovo Energy
Previously a capital markets solicitor with City firm Linklaters LLP, Jessica entered politics in 2008 working on energy policy and communications on the staff of Greg Barker MP (Minister for Energy and Climate Change 2010-2014). She was a member of the Shadow Energy and Climate Change team and managed the Conservative Party’s ‘Climate Campaign’ out of Conservative Campaign Headquarters. Having subsequently headed up energy... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Plante

Matthew Plante

CEO, EcoFactor
Matt comes to EcoFactor with more than 15 years of experience in energy management, utility and related industries. Prior to EcoFactor, he served as Vice President of Sales at Bidgely. Matt also served as Vice President of Sales at EnerNOC, Inc. where he led various sales teams worldwide. Matt holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
avatar for Jennifer Pulliam

Jennifer Pulliam

Senior Director, TXU Solutions, TXU Energy


Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

8:30am

IT/OT Convergence
The IT/OT convergence continues on as the smart grid matures, but the convergence is evolving as new technologies and utility partners continue to enter the picture—whether microgrids or third-party solar providers.
  • What is the current state of IT/OT convergence? What have been the lessons learned so far? Where are things headed?
  • What are the most significant challenges and opportunities brought on by IT/OT convergence?
  • What can businesses do to best embrace the IT/OT convergence? 


Moderator
avatar for Michael Legatt, Ph.D.

Michael Legatt, Ph.D.

Principal Human Factors Engineer, ERCOT
Michael Legatt serves as the principal human factors engineer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the independent system operator that manages the flow of electricity to 22.7 million Texas customers. Dr. Legatt has been a programmer for over 20 years, and worked in the energy, financial, medical, neuroscience research and educational sectors. He has a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology/neuropsychology from the Ferkauf... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Lampe

Matt Lampe

Chief Information Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matt Lampe is Chief Information Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, coming to LADWP in November 2007. At LADWP, Matt established the IT Strategic Agenda for the phased modernization of the IT application portfolio and infrastructure, a structured change management and continuous improvement, and development of an information security program. After “warm-up” projects of implementing a new call center system with... Read More →
avatar for Wade P. Malcolm

Wade P. Malcolm

CEO, OMNETRIC Group
Wade is the North American CEO of OMNETRIC Group, a new Siemens and Accenture company providing integrated and innovative solutions for improved utility IT/OT convergence.    Wade has a broad background with substantial experience in utility information systems, distribution, customer interface, and metering and communications technologies.  Previously he served as the Managing Director of Grid Operations for... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Norman

Jeffrey Norman

VP - Emerging Technologies, Leidos
Jeffrey Norman is Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Leidos and has more than 23 years of telecom and technology development experience. Mr. Norman has been actively involved in the smart grid sector since 2000; working with various industry associations and more than 30 utilities as they have incubated and evaluated the value emerging technologies could play in their grid-modernization efforts. Prior to joining SAIC in 2011, Mr... Read More →
avatar for Raiford Smith

Raiford Smith

VP - Corporate Development & Planning, CPS Energy
As Vice President of Corporate Development and Planning, Raiford Smith oversees corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, load forecasting, new products and services, and research and development, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st Century energy provider. | | Mr. Smith joined CPS Energy in 2014 after serving 22 years in various roles with Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. and Houston and with... Read More →
avatar for Robert Welch

Robert Welch

VP for Operational Technologies and Analytics, Black & Veatch
Mr. Welch is Vice President for Operational Technologies and Analytics for Black & Veatch’s Management Consulting Group. He is a member of the firm’s Extended Leadership Team, and his organizations serves electric, gas and water utilities in the development and deployment of Smart process and technology programs in distribution and power generation. Black & Veatch assists clients globally in the opportunity evaluation... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center

8:30am

Role of IoT in Smart Cities
From smart phones to intelligent refrigerators to smart meters, the concept of applying smart sensors to almost anything – also known as the Internet of Things – isn’t just a novelty anymore; it is becoming reality. It is no longer IT at a business scale, but, with smart cities, it is becoming IT at a community scale.
  • What changes are happening in the IoT and smart cities space? 
  • What are some of the challenges and opportunities in the space? 
  • How can people best prepare for success in an increasingly sensor- and data-driven world? 

Moderator
avatar for Andres Carvallo

Andres Carvallo

Founder & CEO, CMG
Andres Carvallo is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. As chief technologist Andres championed Austin Energy’s industry leading smart grid program design and implementation from 2003 – 2010 and he architected the Pecan Street Project in 2009. Andres co-authored the best selling book “The Advanced Smart Grid”, has received 34 industry awards since 2005... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lou D'Ambrosio

Lou D'Ambrosio

Chairman, Sensus
Lou D'Ambrosio is a longtime veteran of the information and technology industry, seasoned keynote speaker and visionary business advisor. Mr. D’Ambrosio is currently Chairman of Sensus, a clean technology company focused on conserving water and energy through smart sensors, software, data analytics and communication systems. Prior to joining Sensus, Mr. D’Ambrosio served as the Chief Executive Officer of two Fortune 500 companies. Mr... Read More →
avatar for Eric Dresselhuys

Eric Dresselhuys

Co-Founder, EVP, Global Development, Silver Spring Networks
Eric is one of Silver Spring Networks' co-founders, and has more than 15 years of experience in developing critical infrastructure networks to address utilities and cities most pressing challenges. Eric has been instrumental to the growth of the company and currently leads the company’s global development, where he meets with heads of government and energy industry the world over on the development of all types of smart grid and city... Read More →
avatar for Mark Madden

Mark Madden

Regional Vice President, North American Utilities, Alcatel-Lucent
Mark Madden is the Regional Vice President for North American Utilities where he is responsible for business development and market strategy in Alcatel-Lucent’s North American utility markets. Mr. Madden joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1996, is a Board Member of the UTC’s Smart Networks Council, and has over 30 years experience with leading companies in the Information and Communications Technologies industry.
avatar for Sharelynn Moore

Sharelynn Moore

Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs, Itron
Sharelynn Moore has more than 17 years of experience in the energy and technology sectors. In 2013, she was named vice president of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs. In this role, Moore is responsible for all global marketing and public affairs activities for Itron, including development of strategic marketing objectives, oversight of internal and external communications and management of external affairs including community investment... Read More →
avatar for Michael Troiano

Michael Troiano

Vice President, Industrial IoT Solutions, AT&T
Michael Troiano is the Vice President of Industrial IoT Solutions, a business unit of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions. His responsibilities include bringing to market comprehensive Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) solutions designed to transform enterprises by mobilizing people, processes and assets. He was appointed to his current position in October 2014. Michael Troiano leads strategy, product management and business development... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

8:30am

Smart Transportation
Transportation doesn’t have to just be about building infrastructure; it is also about better utilizing the mobility we already have through smart technologies.
  • Where should limited transportation funds be directed: asphalt or digital technologies? 
  • With more advanced technologies, what is the balance of mass transit versus more flexible individual transportation options?
  • What successful examples of smart transportation are out there today? What can we learn from them?

Moderator
avatar for Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

President, Energy Thought Summit, Zpryme
Mr. Johnston is the President of Austin, Texas based Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit (ETS). As ETS President he drives the strategy and vison for ETS branded events. Further, he provides strategic guidance for the company’s media, research, and advisory services in the energy, transportation, and mobile sectors. Previously, Johnston was the Lead of Central Texas Fuel Independence Project – a 10-county advanced vehicle technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christian Okonsky

Christian Okonsky

CEO, KLD Energy Technologies
In 2007, after 20 years of bringing leading-edge products to market, Christian Okonsky founded KLD Energy Technologies, named after his oldest sons, to develop products that will help improve the quality of life for future generations. As KLD’s chief executive officer, Okonsky brings strong leadership experience and a drive to innovate. | | Okonsky spearheads the strategic vision of the company and oversees the direction of its... Read More →
avatar for Ian Wright

Ian Wright

Founder & CEO, Wrightspeed | Co-founder, Tesla Motors, Wrightspeed
With over 20 years of high-tech engineering and management experience, Wright has ushered in an era of electric transportation. As founder of Wrightspeed, cofounder of Tesla Motors and creator of the X1- the fastest street legal electric vehicle in the world, Ian has continued to fuse his passion for racing with his technical curiosity. At Wrightspeed, Ian has successfully built a company that uniquely meets ever-increasing market demands... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

9:30am

Networking Break
Chat among your friends and peers.

Wednesday March 25, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

10:00am

The Future of Energy

Speakers
avatar for Badar Khan

Badar Khan

President & CEO, Direct Energy
Badar Khan is the President and CEO of Direct Energy, the North American affiliate of Centrica plc, with overall responsibility for the company's operations across residential and business energy supply, home services, midstream, and power generation in North America. As a fully integrated energy company, Direct Energy is one of the largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home services in all of North America. Prior to his... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

10:45am

Energy Tech Market Trends
Speakers
avatar for J. Michael Horwitz, Jr.

J. Michael Horwitz, Jr.

Managing Director, Head of Energy Technology Investment Banking, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Michael is a Managing Director and Head of Baird’s Energy Technology Investment Banking team. He joined Investment Banking in early 2012 after several years in Baird's Equity Research Department as a Senior Research Analyst covering the Energy Technology and Resource Management sector. Prior to joining Baird, Michael was Managing Director and Head of Clean Technology Research at Stanford Group Company and a Senior Research Analyst and... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 10:45am - 11:15am
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

11:15am

Powering The Future

The panel will explore the challenges and opportunities facing our nation with regard to how we meet our future power needs.

  • How does natural gas fit into today’s and tomorrow’s energy mix?
  • How do utilities prepare for and deal with gas price fluctuations?
  • What impact do renewables play in this picture?
  • Does consumer outreach and education matter during this journey?

Moderator
avatar for Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

President, Energy Thought Summit, Zpryme
Mr. Johnston is the President of Austin, Texas based Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit (ETS). As ETS President he drives the strategy and vison for ETS branded events. Further, he provides strategic guidance for the company’s media, research, and advisory services in the energy, transportation, and mobile sectors. Previously, Johnston was the Lead of Central Texas Fuel Independence Project – a 10-county advanced vehicle technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Campbell

David Campbell

President, Hunt Utility Services
David Campbell is president of Hunt Utility Services and president and chief executive officer of InfraREIT. Prior to joining InfraREIT in 2014, Campbell was president and chief operating officer of Bluescape Resources, an independent resource and investment company based in Dallas, Texas. Before that, he served as chief executive officer of Luminant, a competitive power generation subsidiary of EFH (previously TXU). Campbell originally joined... Read More →
avatar for Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson

General Manager, LCRA
Phil Wilson became LCRA’s 11th general manager on Feb. 3, 2014. LCRA’s general manager serves as the organization’s chief executive officer and carries out LCRA Board policy, manages LCRA’s relationships with its customers and stakeholders, appoints and directs executive staff, and oversees projects and operations that support LCRA’s public service mission. Prior to joining LCRA, Wilson was executive director of... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

12:00pm

Lunch & Networking
Lunch and networking among your friends and peers. Full attendees, speakers, and sponosors lunch in the Tejas Dinning Room. 

Wednesday March 25, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

1:00pm

Special Guest Dr. John B. Goodenough - Fireside Chat
Moderator
avatar for Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

President, Energy Thought Summit, Zpryme
Mr. Johnston is the President of Austin, Texas based Zpryme’s Energy Thought Summit (ETS). As ETS President he drives the strategy and vison for ETS branded events. Further, he provides strategic guidance for the company’s media, research, and advisory services in the energy, transportation, and mobile sectors. Previously, Johnston was the Lead of Central Texas Fuel Independence Project – a 10-county advanced vehicle technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. John B. Goodenough

Dr. John B. Goodenough

Professor, University of Texas
Zpryme and ETS are proud to make Dr. John B. Goodenough of The University of Texas at Austin the distinguished special guest for ETS15. The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 will take the stage in a fireside chat with Andrew Johnston ETS president on March 25th at 1pm. Dr. Goodenough will share his views on the technological and scientific leaps of energy and the world's need for a super-battery. "Dr. John B. Goodenough... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

1:30pm

2020 Outlook
Speakers
avatar for Dr. S. Massoud Amin

Dr. S. Massoud Amin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Massoud Amin is Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid, Chairman of Texas Reliability Entity, a fellow of ASME, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota. He directs the university’s Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and professor of electrical and computer engineering. At TLI, Dr. Amin leads 7 endowed chairs and 54 associated faculty... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Energy Storage: The Holy Grail
Energy storage can be difficult, but is necessary to fully realize the future grid that companies are seeking today.
  • What ways can energy storage help build the grid of the future? 
  • What are energy storage’s most practical uses today? What storage technologies are the most feasible today? 
  • What hurdles are out there for delivering large-scale energy storage? How can we best overcome those hurdles? 
  • What role do supporting technologies, such as distributed generation and microgrids, play in the quest for effectively storing and delivering energy?

Moderator
avatar for Peter Kelly-Detwiler

Peter Kelly-Detwiler

Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners
Peter Kelly-Detwiler has 25 years of experience in the electric energy industry, with 15 years as an executive in competitive retail markets. | | Prior to founding NorthBridge, as Sr. Vice President of Constellation Energy's Demand Response group, he oversaw this unit’s growth to become an $80 mn business, capable of dispatching 1700 MW of customer load. Under his leadership, the team developed Virtuwatt, an industry-leading platform... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ron Van Dell

Ron Van Dell

President & CEO, VIZN Energy
With more than 30 years of experience, Ron Van Dell has an exceptional track record of success and proven leadership skills in early-stage, turn-around and established businesses. His background covers a broad range of industries in semiconductors and electronics – power, communications, computing, industrial control, electrical distribution and clean tech. As President and CEO of SolarBridge Technologies, Van Dell led the development and... Read More →
avatar for John Jung

John Jung

President & CEO, Greensmith Energy
Since joining Greensmith as CEO in 2009 John has led the company from concept to market leadership in grid-scale energy storage technology. He set the commercial and strategic vision for Greensmith early on: to provide the energy storage technology platform of choice to customers and partners leveraging a battery-agnostic, software-optimized and distributed network approach. | | Prior to Greensmith, John spent over 20 years building... Read More →
avatar for Bob Leigh

Bob Leigh

President & CEO, LocalGrid Technologies
As LocalGrid’s chief executive officer, Bob is leading the team to help solve the challenges distribution utilities face integrating renewable energy sources and developing a smarter grid. Bob graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Mathematics and Engineering. He has worked in engineering custom control and test solutions for a variety of industries across Canada for over 10 years, including two years as the Engineering... Read More →
avatar for Ryan O’Keefe

Ryan O’Keefe

SVP, Business Development, Ideal Power
Prior to joining Ideal Power, Ryan O’Keefe was Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at energy-storage start-up Younicos (formerly Xtreme Power), where he led top line growth including sales, product development, product marketing, and regulatory affairs, and transformed the business from demonstration projects to well-defined products with economic value. He previously spent eight years in leadership positions with NextEra... Read More →
avatar for Tom Pierson

Tom Pierson

Founder & CTO, TAS Energy
Tom Pierson is Founder and C.T.O. of TAS Energy, a leading clean energy manufacturer of high-efficiency modular energy plants serving the global Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Mission Critical and Industrial Cooling industries. Tom founded TAS Energy to provide completely factory engineered and prefabricated modular utility plants for utility infrastructure which had previously always been field erected. The factory-built approach... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Start-Ups to Watch
Whether focused on smart energy, transportation or communities, start-ups are springing up seemingly everywhere to address the rapidly changing needs of these markets.
  • What are the hottest start-ups? 
  • Which companies are gaining the most traction in their respective industries?
  • What policies and regulations today are helping or hindering start-up success rates? 
  • What can we do to support a more supportive and innovative climate for start-ups? 

Moderator
avatar for Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe

Professor of Innovation, University of Texas
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Dr. Metcalfe was an Inter­net pioneer at MIT starting in 1970 and in 1973 received his PhD from Harvard for “Packet Communication.” He invented Ethernet in 1973 and founded 3Com Corpora­tion (now part of HP) in 1979. | | Dr. Metcalfe has received numerous industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Carolan

David Carolan

Founder & Chief Catalyst, Solid Green Systems
For 30 years, David has worked to ensure customers get their projects finished on time | | and on budget. His experience includes home building, home renovation, running a real‐estate sales organization and serving as CEO and CFO for several successful technology businesses including accounting software, ACH payment processing, e‐commerce engines and local merchant marketplaces.. Last year he launched yet another company called Build... Read More →
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Dr. George Koutitas

Co-Founder & CEO, Gridmates
Dr. George Koutitas is co founder of Gridmates and the architect of the Gridmates concept. His vision is to mobilize electricity through transacting units of energy. | | Gridmates was founded to expand on and execute this vision and create the world's first cloud platform that enables peer-to-peer energy sharing. | | Dr. George Koutitas is a serial entrepreneur and academic in Computer Science with more than 5 years experience in the... Read More →
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Eric Simone

CEO, ClearBlade
Eric Simone is the founder and CEO of ClearBlade, a rapidly growing software company that develops and sells an enterprise platform for mobile and the Internet of Things. He is an active angel investor and a Venture Partner at Corsa Ventures. Prior to ClearBlade, Eric was the founder and CTO of Compete Incorporated, which sold to Perficient Inc. (PRFT) in May of 2000. Earlier in his career, Eric achieved success in senior engineering, product and... Read More →
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Rebecca Taylor

Venture Principal, Shell Technology Ventures (STV)
At the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell, Becky's role includes identifying, vetting, selecting, and mentoring startups selected for investment by STV. Previously, Becky was Entrepreneur-In-Residence in two bureaus at the U.S. State Department, where she advised on governmental startup and university commercialization engagement. She is a 29-year veteran of the software and semiconductor industries, including working as... Read More →
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Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk

President & CEO, Decision Point Global
Dr. Wojszczyk is an accomplished “C-level” executive with 20 years of industry experience for global businesses (GE, Accenture, Meralco, Quanta Services) with sales from start-up/early stage incubation to over $2B USD annually. In addition to Decision Point Global, he currently serves as a Business and Technology Advisor to 3 US-based start-up companies; Board Member for Internet of Everything (IoE) Consortium in Philippines... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Super Grid
Super grids provide the opportunity to trade high volumes of electricity across great distances, which could unleash opportunities for effectively connecting large-scale renewable energy sources with distant, high electricity demand communities.  
  • What is the status super grids across the globe?
  • What are some of the challenges and opportunities facing super grids?
  • What does the future of super grids look like? 

Moderator
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Lawrence E. Jones

Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid North America
Lawrence E. Jones, Ph.D. Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid North America | | Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is a thought leader and practitioner with over twenty years of experience in the energy industry. His expertise includes the application of smarter technologies in the engineering and operations of cyber-physical infrastructures including electric power grids and power markets. He also focuses on... Read More →

Speakers
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Pierre Bernard

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Bernard Energy Advocacy
Pierre is co-founder and Managing Partner of Bernard EnergyAdvocacy (BEA), a boutique advisory firm (14 consultants) created in 2011 that specializes in advocacy, strategic business development and dedicated legal advice, all relating exclusively to electricity transmission and distribution, renewables, power storage and energy efficiency. The firm provides advice to international key players in the electricity markets mainly in Europe, the... Read More →
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Phillip G. Harris

President and CEO, Tres Amigas LLC
Orriginating from a eight utility company agreement, under Mr. Harris’s leadership and vision, PJM became the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market, which now ensures the reliability of the largest centrally dispatched grid in the world. PJM’s members total more than 450 and serve about 51 million people. PJM has administered about $71 billion in energy and energy-service trades since the regional markets... Read More →
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Brad Jones

VP - Commercial Operations, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
Brad Jones became ERCOT’s vice president of Commercial Operations in April 2013. He oversees Market Operations, Settlement and Retail Operations, Market Design and Development, Credit and Client Relations. | | Mr. Jones has more than 25 years of electric industry experience, most recently as vice president of Government Relations for Energy Future Holdings Corporation. Prior to his current position, he worked in various executive-level... Read More →
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Daniel J. Oginsky

Executive Vice President, U.S. Regulated Grid Development, ITC Holdings Corp
Daniel J. Oginsky is Executive Vice President, U.S. Regulated Grid Development for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s growth and expansion through new investments in regulated electric transmission infrastructure across the United States. Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Oginsky was Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and had served as the ITC’s general counsel since he... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Utility / Grid of the Future
With the rollout of smart grid, utilities have evolved much in the past decade, but the evolution isn’t done yet. This session looks at what’s next for the grid and for utilities.
  • What changes should we expect to see for the grid and utilities in the next decade?
  • What are new challenges and opportunities that will come along with these changes?
  • How do hot-topic technologies, like drones and wearables, fit into the picture?

Moderator
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Andres Carvallo

Founder & CEO, CMG
Andres Carvallo is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. As chief technologist Andres championed Austin Energy’s industry leading smart grid program design and implementation from 2003 – 2010 and he architected the Pecan Street Project in 2009. Andres co-authored the best selling book “The Advanced Smart Grid”, has received 34 industry awards since 2005... Read More →

Speakers
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Sharon Allan

President & CEO, SGIP
Sharon Allan has been helping participants in the Energy sector unlock the business value of the electric grid by aligning and implementing strategy, processes and operations. Previously, Ms Allan ran her own consulting firm and prior to that she ran the Accenture NA Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, Director of Product Management ABB, and IBM... Read More →
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Larsh Johnson

CTO, Siemens Smart Grid Services
Larsh has been a thought leader in the electric energy sector and has been at the forefront of the Smart Grid movement since its inception. Larsh’s impact on the market began when he co-founded CellNet Data Systems in 1984 and built a managed services business to remotely collect and process meter reads through one of the first advanced metering networks, which ultimately grew to 12M service delivery points. | | Larsh later co-founded... Read More →
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Atul Mahajan

President & CEO, Oshawa Power & Utilities Corporation
Mr. Atul Mahajan is a senior leader with success in local Canadian and international markets. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Oshawa Power & Utilities Corporation (OPUC) where he plays a pivotal role in the overall strategic and tactical operations of OPUC and its subsidiaries involved in energy distribution, generation and telecom ventures. | | He is leading OPUC’s business development initiatives for renewable... Read More →
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Cheryl Mele

COO, Austin Energy
Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Mele has been working at Austin Energy for more than 20 years. In her role as COO, Mele leads the business areas focused on safe, reliable and efficient electric generation and delivery, as well as resource and infrastructure planning needed to support future growth. The operations team includes power supply and market operations, electric service delivery, environmental care and protection, on-site energy services... Read More →
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Gary Rackliffe

VP - Smart Grid Development, ABB North America
Gary Rackliffe is the VP of Smart Grids at ABB. He leads ABB's smart grid initiative in North America which includes business development, alliances and partnerships, strategy, sales, and marketing. Gary has 30 years of T&D experience, working for ABB in Raleigh the last 20 years. Gary chairs the NEMA Smart Grid Council and is a member of the GridWise Alliance, the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, and the Research Triangle Cleantech... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

3:00pm

Big data and analytics: Evolving value

Analytics initiatives are starting to move closer toward real-time data and predictive analysis, built upon a foundation of increasingly complex data feeds and information demands, but what is the real value we’re extracting from these initiatives?

  • What are the opportunities and challenges associated with evolving analytics efforts?
  • What is the value of machine-to-machine analysis and communication? 
  • What about people-to-people?In what situations do we really need real-time, predictive data and analysis? 

Moderator
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Christine Richards

Sr. Research Advisor, Zpryme
H. Christine Richards is a researcher whose expertise includes the use of smart technologies in the utility industry and communities. Christine is currently a senior research advisor for Zpryme, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver. | | Prior to these roles, Christine worked at Energy Central as a research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the company’s Intelligent Utility division, and the... Read More →

Speakers
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Erik Christian

Vice President of Smart Grid, Tollgrade
As Vice President of Smart Grid, Erik is responsible for Tollgrade’s go-to-market strategy for the smart grid in all key markets including North America, Latin America and Europe and drives marketing, product direction, business development and sales engineering. Prior to Tollgrade, Erik worked as an Investment Banker at Oppenhiemer & Co. and CIBC World Markets in New York City, specializing in Technology, Media and Telecommunications... Read More →
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Amir Husain

Founder & CEO, SparkCognition
Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur and inventor based in Austin, Texas. He serves as an advisor to IBM for its Watson cognitive computing platform and is the Founder & CEO of SparkCognition, Inc. an award-winning Machine Learning/AI driven Cognitive Analytics Company. SparkCognition was launched with backing from Michael Dell’s MSD Capital, L.P., TEF CA, and other leading investors. In June, 2014, SparkCognition won the global IBM... Read More →
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Larsh Johnson

CTO, Siemens Smart Grid Services
Larsh has been a thought leader in the electric energy sector and has been at the forefront of the Smart Grid movement since its inception. Larsh’s impact on the market began when he co-founded CellNet Data Systems in 1984 and built a managed services business to remotely collect and process meter reads through one of the first advanced metering networks, which ultimately grew to 12M service delivery points. | | Larsh later co-founded... Read More →
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Bill Meehan

Director of Utility Solutions, Esri
Bill Meehan, P.E. heads the worldwide utility marketing practice for Esri, the world’s largest GIS software company. He is the author of four books: GIS for Enhanced Electric Utility Performance, Modeling Electric Distribution with GIS, Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS and Power System Analysis by Digital Computer. He has also authored numerous papers and articles. He has lectured extensively and taught courses at Northeastern... Read More →
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Arie Rimini

Director, Grid4C
Mr. Arie Rimini serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Taldor Computer Systems (1986) Ltd. and Taldor Communications Ltd. Mr. Rimini served as a Vice President of Systems Integration & Applications Development in Taldor. He served as a Vice President of Information Systems at Bezeq International. Previously he held a series of senior management positions at the Bezeq Group and at Osem. Mr. Rimini holds a B.Sc in Computer Sciences and... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

3:00pm

Open Source Smart Grid
With so many new components on the grid, achieving all the benefits of these technologies requires a set of open standards that enables all smart grid devices to effectively communicate with one another.
  • How much progress have we made with open source smart grid? Is It moving fast enough? 
  • What can be done to improve open-source efforts? 
  • How effectively do smart grid components interact with devices outside the grid?

Moderator
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Dr. Peter Muhoro

Director of Energy Research and Strategies, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Dr. Peter Muhoro is a recent addition to Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. Peter is the Director of Energy Research and Strategies where in this role, he works to strategize on implementation of cutting-edge, cost-saving technologies such as energy storage, demand response, advanced lighting, and micro-grids to mention a few, across the cooperative. His role oversees research and... Read More →

Speakers
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Scott Henneberry

VP of Smart Grid Strategy, Schneider Electric
Scott Henneberry has 30+ years in the Electrical Industry. During the first 20 years of his career he worked for Siemens, in both Raleigh, NC and Orlando, FL. This encompassed various Marketing and Operational Mgmt positions in the Switchgear and Power Quality fields including Marketing Director for the Substation Automation and Protective Relaying Division. The next five years were spent as an executive officer of Power Measurement, Inc., a... Read More →
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Gary High

SVP, Sales, Landis+Gyr
Gary High serves as Landis+Gyr’s Sr. Vice President of Systems and Services sales for North America. An industry veteran with more than 20 years experience marketing to electric, gas and water utilities, Mr. High brings a diverse background in metering, software and communications to his position. Mr. High is responsible for managing the sales strategy for the Systems, advanced metering and smart grid communications segment of the business... Read More →
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Phillip Powell

Director of Grid Innovations, Dominion Voltage
The majority of professional work (35 years) has been with Dominion. My work at Dominion involved various assignments in four primary areas, System Protection, Power Supply, Transmission Planning and System Reliability. System Protection work (16 years) involved the design, setting, and operation analysis of protective relays and relay systems for power plants, their auxiliary systems, transmission, substation, and distribution systems. The Power... Read More →
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Raiford Smith

VP - Corporate Development & Planning, CPS Energy
As Vice President of Corporate Development and Planning, Raiford Smith oversees corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, load forecasting, new products and services, and research and development, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st Century energy provider. | | Mr. Smith joined CPS Energy in 2014 after serving 22 years in various roles with Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. and Houston and with... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

3:00pm

Smart Grid: Lessons Learned
With nearly a decade since the term “smart grid” rolled onto the scene and five years since the ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grants boosted smart grid spending, it is time to take a look at the lessons learned so far from these smart grid efforts.
  • Where have companies found smart grid success? 
  • What hyped technologies didn’t play out (e.g., BPL) and why?
  • What do these lessons mean for smart grid efforts in the next decade?

Moderator
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Becky Harrison

CEO, GridWise Alliance
Becky Harrison is the CEO of the Gridwise Alliance, before taking on this role she served as the Director of the Smart Grid Program for Progress Energy. Harrison was responsible for implementing Progress Energy’s Smart Grid program for both its Carolina and Florida service territories. Under Harrison’s leadership, Progress Energy’s grant application was selected to receive a $200M ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grant. Progress... Read More →

Speakers
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David DuCharme

VP OF UTILITY & SMART ENERGY SERVICES, CAPGEMINI
David currently runs the Utility and Smart Energy Services practice in North America for Capgemini. He brings many years of experience in the energy industry covering a wide range of initiatives including multi-state utility mergers, the reorganization of several state run utilities in Europe, and the rollout of smart meter/smart grid across North America. For the past seven years he has been working with the energy market in establishing... Read More →
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Patty Durand

Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a consumer focused non-profit aiming to promote the understanding and benefits of modernized electrical systems among all stakeholders in the United States. SGCC works to advance a consumer-safe consumer-friendly smart grid through listening to consumers, collaboration with stakeholders and consumer advocates, and educating both consumers and industry stakeholders
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Cheryl Roberto

Associate Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund
Cheryl Roberto leads the national EDF Clean Energy Program. Through regulatory reform and new utility incentives, among others, the EDF Clean Energy Program aims to help modernize our outdated energy infrastructure, accelerate the deployment of cutting-edge, clean technologies into the nation' electric system and break down the regulatory and financial barriers to broad-scale adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other innovative... Read More →
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Dave Tuttle

Research Fellow and PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Dave Tuttle is a Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the areas of Plug-In Vehicle integration and the grid, alternative fuel vehicles, the Smartgrid, and renewable energy systems in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Tuttle is a former IBM and Sun Microsystems executive with a B.S. & M.Eng.degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from the... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

3:00pm

The State and Future of Renewables
This session explores the current state of renewables—primarily wind and solar—and how renewables will look in the future:
  • What policies and incentives are currently driving/hindering renewable energy development?
  • What needs to happen to ensure long-term success for renewables?
  • What progress are we making with the solar/EV convergence—both nationally and internationally? 

Moderator
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Marita Mirzatuny

Project Manager, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Marita is a project manager for EDF’s US Climate and Energy Program, working on issues in Texas such as smart grid development, renewables, demand response, and policy involving the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Specifically she is helping to construct the environmental metrics for Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid demonstration project in Austin, Texas in which EDF is a... Read More →

Speakers
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David Brochu

Chief Operating Officer, Recurrent Energy
David Brochu is the Chief Operating Officer of Recurrent Energy, leading all project development, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and origination activities. Before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in June 2014, he served as Recurrent Energy’s Senior Vice President of Development for four years, where he oversaw all development activities. Prior to Recurrent Energy, David was President and CEO of UPC Solar... Read More →
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Glen Davis

CEO, RES Americas
Mr. Davis has been in the energy industry for 30 years and is currently the CEO of RES Americas. Mr. Davis is also on the executive board of RES Group. Joining RES Americas in 2013, Mr. Davis served as the Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for leading commercial activities, including corporate strategy, technical and financial analysis, M&A, transactions, transmission, and new business. Prior to joining RES, Mr. Davis was... Read More →
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Danielle Murray

Manager of Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy
Danielle Murray is Austin Energy's Manager of Solar Energy Services, overseeing the utility's distributed solar programs, including value of solar implementation, incentive programs, and community solar program development. Previously, Danielle was the Renewable Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, where she led efforts to develop the local solar market, reduce soft costs, and implement innovative financing... Read More →
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Rob Threlkeld

Manager - Renewable Energy, General Motors Company
Mr. Threlkeld graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering. He currently manages GM’s Global Renewable Energy Strategies and Portfolio of projects and has done so for 8 or his 13 years’ experience at GM. To date, Mr. Threlkeld as implemented or negotiated long term power purchase agreements for over 40MW of renewable energy projects at GM facilities. Mr. Threlkeld is... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center

4:00pm

Networking Break / Meetings / Personal Time
Wednesday March 25, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

4:00pm

Smart Home, EV, and Tech Demos
Wednesday March 25, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blanton Museum - Intersection of Jester and Speedway The University of Texas at Austin

6:00pm

Evening Keynote, Reception, Award, and Entertainment
Speakers
avatar for Don J. Clevenger

Don J. Clevenger

Senior Vice President, Oncor Electric Delivery
Don is a 1995 graduate from Southern Methodist University Dedman | School of Law with a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian | University. As a partner, Mr. Clevenger represented TXU for Hunton & Williams for almost nine years before coming to TXU in April, 2004 as Senior Counsel of Business Services. He worked on many crucial Company decisions and projects, including the Company’s venture into foreign markets electric and... Read More →
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Larry Weis

General Manager, Austin Energy
General Manager Larry Weis joined Austin Energy in September 2010. Weis has 30 years experience in the electric and water utility industries, and more specifically, publicly-owned utilities. Weis came to Austin Energy after spending 10 years as General Manager at California’s Turlock Irrigation District (TID). Weis was General Manager of the Pend Oreille Public Utility District (PUD) from 1990-2000 and began his career in 1981 at Snohomish... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Blanton Museum - Smith Building The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
 
Thursday, March 26
 

7:30am

Breakfast & Networking
Network with Industry Collegues and Full Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors Can Enjoy Breakfast in Tejas Dinning Room.

Thursday March 26, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Level M2 Lobby (AT&T Conference Center) 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

7:30am

Registration
Come by anytime throughout the day to register or pick up your badge.

Thursday March 26, 2015 7:30am - 1:00pm
Level M2 Lobby (AT&T Conference Center) 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Cultivating Smart City / Smart Utility Cooperation for Intelligent Infrastructure
The relationships between city/municipal entities and their local utilities are often developed along reactive rather than proactive lines, if they exist at all beyond the legal necessities. This Panel/Roundtable Discussion will explore how cities and utilities can forge positive relationships that will sustain and benefit them in tangible ways, now and in the future. A substantial part of that future will likely involve the creation, upgrade and expansion of Intelligent Infrastructure that the parties own, operate and/or use in common. 

Moderator
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Michael A. Marullo

Founder and Publisher, Utility Horizons International
Michael A. Marullo is the founder, editor and publisher of utility horizons international (formerly utility horizons QUARTERLY), a utility automation and information technology-centric electronic magazine for electric, gas and water utility markets. He is also the Managing Director/CEO for cfar International Ltd., a diversified technical market research and consulting firm he founded in 1984, which also publishes utility horizons... Read More →
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Steve Winstead

Sr. Systems Architect, Leidos
Mr. Winstead is a Senior Systems Architect in Leidos’s Energy Solutions Operation. He has spent more than 32 years assisting utilities with developing strategies and tactics for real-time process controls and data acquisition systems by employing his skills in: Systems Engineering, Systems Integration, Program Management, Requirements Definition, Systems Testing and Commissioning. Mr. Winstead has experience at virtually all phases of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Latisha Hill

Manager of HR Strategic Planning, Avista Corporation
Latisha serves in various roles as a liaison for the company, managing corporate and community issues, participating in civic affairs, and fostering economic development. Latisha is passionate about the relationships between critical infrastructure and people and has been involved in community and economic development for more than two decades. Latisha is an engaged leader and has served on a diverse collection of boards such as the Washington... Read More →
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Jim Lucas

Global Utilities Group, Bentley Systems
Mr. Lucas is a Solutions Director in Bentley Systems’ Global Utilities group. He has spent almost 20 years assisting utilities with the implementation of strategic software projects, with a focus on Design and Construction. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Jim has experience with all phases of the technical software delivery cycle, including sales, business case development, consulting, project planning, implementation... Read More →
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Michael Nark

CEO, BuildingIQ
Michael Nark is CEO of BuildingIQ, bringing over 25 years of experience in software and technology-enabled service delivery businesses. He recently served as President and CEO of Power Analytics. He has a proven track record of building successful, efficient organizations and experience in leading companies to profitable growth. Prior to Power Analytics he was President and CEO of Prenova, an energy management services provider to the C&I... Read More →
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Theresa Sanders

City Administrator, City of Spokane
Spokane Mayor David A. Condon selected Theresa Sanders as the City Administrator, the City of Spokane’s highest appointed position, when he took office in 2012. As City Administrator, Sanders is responsible for the daily operation of the City, overseeing the management of more than 1,900 employees and a $600 million budget. Sanders, a Spokane native, has a strong background in management, economic development and local government. She... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M2 | 202 AT&T Conference Center

8:30am

Energy Drives Social Sustainability
Sustainability at its most basic level, sustainability means to preserve. But sustainability isn’t just about saving the environment:
  • What is the role of triple-bottom-line sustainability, which includes: [1] environmental, [2] economic and [3] social sustainability? 
  • How do businesses effectively integrate sustainability into their planning and operations? 
  • How can sustainability ultimately deliver new business models?

Moderator
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Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk

President & CEO, Decision Point Global
Dr. Wojszczyk is an accomplished “C-level” executive with 20 years of industry experience for global businesses (GE, Accenture, Meralco, Quanta Services) with sales from start-up/early stage incubation to over $2B USD annually. In addition to Decision Point Global, he currently serves as a Business and Technology Advisor to 3 US-based start-up companies; Board Member for Internet of Everything (IoE) Consortium in Philippines... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Peter Muhoro

Director of Energy Research and Strategies, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Dr. Peter Muhoro is a recent addition to Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. Peter is the Director of Energy Research and Strategies where in this role, he works to strategize on implementation of cutting-edge, cost-saving technologies such as energy storage, demand response, advanced lighting, and micro-grids to mention a few, across the cooperative. His role oversees research and... Read More →
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Bud Vos

President & CEO, ENBALA Power Networks
With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Mr. Vos brings in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. With an extensive network of utility relationships, Mr. Vos is poised to lead the next phase of Enbala’s business as it continues to expand its platform capabilities and applications with utilities. | | Previously, Mr. Vos worked as the COO of Simple Energy as well as the... Read More →
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Paul Westbrook

Sustainable Development Manager, Texas Instruments
Mr. Westbrook is a LEED Accredited Professional, recognized as a leader and speaker in efficiency and whole-system integrated design across the spectrum from residential projects to large industrial facilities. His primary focus is on energy and water efficiency. Most of his experience is in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, but Mr. Westbrook is well versed in cooling plants, water systems, lighting, controls, emissions, materials... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

8:30am

Perspectives on Capital, IP, and New Energy Business Models
Perspectives on Capital, IP, and New Energy Business ModelsThe role of IP and private capital are directly related to new business models for start-ups and for bellwether companies. This session will examine how these factors interact in today's globally competitive environment for ideas, IP, and capital. 
  • What technology segments are poised for rapid growth? 
  • What is the new role of capital in today's energy-tech industry? 
  • What do new financing and or ownership models look like? 
  • How does the industry provide for faster ramp up times in the commercialization of IP developed at labs and Universities?

Moderator
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Christine Richards

Sr. Research Advisor, Zpryme
H. Christine Richards is a researcher whose expertise includes the use of smart technologies in the utility industry and communities. Christine is currently a senior research advisor for Zpryme, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver. | | Prior to these roles, Christine worked at Energy Central as a research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the company’s Intelligent Utility division, and the... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Contreras

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Department Of Energy
Dr. Michael Contreras is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy (DOE), Solar Energy Technologies Office, SunShot Initiative. Mike is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the SunShot Catalyst prize program which leverages solar data assets to rapidly create and fund scalable software startups.  The program has backed 17 early stage teams and has been... Read More →
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Charlene Heydinger

Executive Director, Keeping PACE in Texas
Charlene Heydinger is the executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, a trade association created to promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing throughout the state. PACE legislation was signed into law on June 16, 2013. Ms. Heydinger now leads a broad coalition preparing a tool kit called “PACE in a Box” to help local communities across Texas create PACE programs to create economic benefits and to help Texas conserve... Read More →
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Brewster McCracken

CEO, Pecan Street
Brewster McCracken is president and CEO of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. McCracken was one of three global smart grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the one-year anniversary conference for the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012, and he was the lead author of Pecan Street's successful smart grid stimulus... Read More →
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Jamey Seely

EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ION Geophysical
Jamey Seely joins ION as an accomplished executive and business leader. Ms. Seely’s energy industry experience includes various roles in mergers & acquisitions, securities and private placements, commercial transactions, corporate governance, and finance transactions including the negotiation of several multi-billion dollar facilities and investments. Prior to joining ION, Ms. Seely served as Senior Vice President of Alternative Energy... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center

8:30am

Securing Critical Infrastructure (Cybersecurity)
Cybersecurity is a hot topic, but it is probably the hottest topic that can’t be discussed much. Even with the secretive nature of cybersecurity, this session will pull back the curtain to provide a glimpse into the current and future state of cybersecurity for North American utilities.
  • Will cyber attacks on U.S. utilities would increase in frequency and expand to include both OT and IT systems? 
  • Who will be making strategic and day-to-day decisions about cybersecurity? 
  • Which technologies will have the highest demand for security?


Moderator
avatar for Dr. Erfan Ibrahim

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim

Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience, National Renewable Energy Lab
Erfan Ibrahim is a well-known engineer, speaker, and executive who is widely recognized as a smart energy thought leader. Erfan has over 27 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications and Software industries with specialties in cybersecurity, data communications, wireless networking, network management, smart energy networks, standards development, product management, business development, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John C. Allen

John C. Allen

P.E., Director – Physical Security, Iberdrola USA
John Allen is the director of physical security for Iberdrola USA. In this role, Mr. Allen is responsible for security operations, security systems and fire protections systems at Iberdrola USA facilities in New York and New England, which provide electricity generation, transmission & distribution, and natural gas distribution. Prior to his current role Mr. Allen was the director of NERC compliance for Iberdrola USA, providing compliance... Read More →
avatar for Paul J. Feldman

Paul J. Feldman

Director, MISO
Mr. Feldman is a Current Director and past chairman of the Midcontinent ISO (MISO).  At MISO, serves on the Markets Committee, Information Technology and Human Resources.  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appointed Mr. Feldman to serve on the NCC and advise on matters related to electricity and transmission systems.  He also serves as a member to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden on the Energy Systems Integration... Read More →
avatar for Gary Hayes

Gary Hayes

SVP and CIO for Technology Operations, Centerpoint Energy
Gary Hayes, Senior Vice President and CIO for Technology Operations, joined CenterPoint Energy in 2010. In this position, he leads the technology solutions and infrastructure across CenterPoint Energy’s electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, and competitive natural gas sales and services which serves more than five million metered customers in six states. Hayes brings to CNP over 35 years of utility experience... Read More →
avatar for Brett Luedde

Brett Luedde

Director - Critical infrastructure Protection, ViaSat
Mr. Luedde leads global business development and strategy for the Critical Infrastructure Security business. His responsibilities include sales, marketing, business planning, and setting the overall strategic direction. He has spent his career involved in large industrial businesses in both operational and business development roles of increasing scope and complexity. Prior to joining ViaSat, Mr. Luedde was the director of global business... Read More →
avatar for Omer Schneider

Omer Schneider

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, CyberX
Omer Schneider is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of CyberX. Over the last decade, Omer has gained extensive knowledge and expertise in the cyber security world. | | During his extended military career with the IDF, Omer headed the cyber security operations, research and development in an elite unit and was a member of the Israeli national cyber security initiative. Omer has a unique blend of leadership skills, business acumen... Read More →
avatar for Lorie Wigle

Lorie Wigle

Vice President, General Manager IOT Security Solutions, Intel Security
Lorie Wigle is building a new business focused on securing critical infrastructure and IOT more broadly at Intel Security. Lorie has been with Intel for nearly 30 years in a wide variety of marketing and technical roles. She has an MBA from Portland State University and a BA degree from the University of Oregon.  Lorie was named one of the three most powerful women in smart grid by Smart Grid Newsletter and one of top 10 women in... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

9:30am

Networking Break
Chat among your friends and peers.

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

10:00am

Future of Analytics
Speakers
avatar for Thomas M. Siebel

Thomas M. Siebel

CEO, C3 Energy
As the founder, chairman, and CEO of Siebel Systems—one of the world's fastest-growing software companies, Mr. Siebel built the foundation of the CRM market. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion before it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Now as chairman and CEO... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

11:00am

Evolving Customer Markets

This session explores the intersection of policy, renewable integration, and evolving customer markets.

  • What do customer markets look like today—and tomorrow?
  • What do policy makers need to do to ease such an evolution?
  • In light of these evolving markets, do utilities need to re-think their business model?
  • What have learned or can we learn from competitive retail markets in Texas and other places?

Moderator
avatar for David Dollihite

David Dollihite

Energy & Resources, Deloitte
David works in the Energy & Resources practice at Deloitte Consulting and focuses on business model and customer transformation in the Retail Energy markets. David has over 20 years of experience in corporate and customer strategy matters, with expertise in growth and innovation, strategic planning, IT strategy, retail energy supply, risk management and administration and implementation of energy efficiency & renewable energy programs... Read More →

Speakers
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Patty Durand

Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a consumer focused non-profit aiming to promote the understanding and benefits of modernized electrical systems among all stakeholders in the United States. SGCC works to advance a consumer-safe consumer-friendly smart grid through listening to consumers, collaboration with stakeholders and consumer advocates, and educating both consumers and industry stakeholders
avatar for Elizabeth Killinger

Elizabeth Killinger

President, NRG Energy & Reliant
Elizabeth has 25 years of domestic and international experience in the energy and services industries, including 15 years with Reliant. She is now responsible for directing all aspects of NRG Retail, the leading multi-brand retail business in Texas and the third largest residential retailer in the Northeast, providing innovative energy solutions and products to about three million homes and businesses. | | Elizabeth spent the early days of her... Read More →
avatar for Yoav Lurie

Yoav Lurie

CEO & Founder, Simple Energy
Yoav Lurie is the CEO and Founder of Simple Energy, where he is responsible for the company’s overall strategy and direction. Simple Energy is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that is changing how millions of people save energy by making it social, fun, and rewarding. For its utility customers, Simple Energy both meets regulation-driven energy efficiency goals and increases customer satisfaction. Prior to founding Simple Energy, Yoav... Read More →
avatar for Graham Richard

Graham Richard

CEO, Advanced Energy Economy
Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE's charitable and educational affiliate. He leads AEE's federal and state policy work, business convenings, and membership development. He also directs the work of AEE's State Coalition, which consists of 15 state... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

12:00pm

Lunch & Networking
Lunch and networking with peers. Full attendees, speakers, and sponosors lunch in the Tejas Dinning Room. 

Thursday March 26, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

1:00pm

Energy Outlook – Megatrend Convergence
Speakers
avatar for Jon Wellinghoff

Jon Wellinghoff

Partner at Stoel Rives LLP, Stoel Rives
Immediate past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy law attorney and clean tech energy expert. He is currently a partner at the law firm Stoel Rives LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s energy team. | | Jon has nearly 38 years of leadership experience in federal and state energy policy, regulation, and project development. He has particular expertise in emerging clean... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

1:30pm

Watson Applications – What the Future May Hold
Speakers
avatar for Rob High

Rob High

VP & CTO, IBM Watson
Rob High is IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson Solutions technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Solutions Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM. | | Prior to joining the Watson Solutions team, Rob was the leader for IBM's Business... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Advanced Sustainability and Automation in the Cloud
Thanks to the development of cloud hosting, SaaS and managed services, all utilities—particularly smaller ones— can realize the fruition of a fully integrated smart grid infrastructure and a more sustainable future, but there are still many challenges.  
  • How do companies deal with concerns around privacy, security and loss of control?
  • Does company size really matter when it comes to the types of utilities that will benefit most from these solutions? 
  • How do energy companies ensure the best relationship with their cloud and SaaS partners
  • What is the importance and types of networks/comms to enable such functionality? 

Moderator
avatar for Michael A. Marullo

Michael A. Marullo

Founder and Publisher, Utility Horizons International
Michael A. Marullo is the founder, editor and publisher of utility horizons international (formerly utility horizons QUARTERLY), a utility automation and information technology-centric electronic magazine for electric, gas and water utility markets. He is also the Managing Director/CEO for cfar International Ltd., a diversified technical market research and consulting firm he founded in 1984, which also publishes utility horizons... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Lekan

Paul Lekan

Director of Market Strategy and Business Development, Utilities Telecom Council
Paul Lekan is Director of Market Strategy and Business Development for the Utilities Telecom Council, a global industry trade association that advocates before Federal, state and local government executive, legislative and judicial bodies to support the advancement and security of the telecom and IT networks of utilities and other critical infrastructure industries. Globally, UTC provides education and information services through conferences... Read More →
avatar for Michael Nark

Michael Nark

CEO, BuildingIQ
Michael Nark is CEO of BuildingIQ, bringing over 25 years of experience in software and technology-enabled service delivery businesses. He recently served as President and CEO of Power Analytics. He has a proven track record of building successful, efficient organizations and experience in leading companies to profitable growth. Prior to Power Analytics he was President and CEO of Prenova, an energy management services provider to the C&I... Read More →
avatar for Steve Winstead

Steve Winstead

Sr. Systems Architect, Leidos
Mr. Winstead is a Senior Systems Architect in Leidos’s Energy Solutions Operation. He has spent more than 32 years assisting utilities with developing strategies and tactics for real-time process controls and data acquisition systems by employing his skills in: Systems Engineering, Systems Integration, Program Management, Requirements Definition, Systems Testing and Commissioning. Mr. Winstead has experience at virtually all phases of the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Andrew Wright

Dr. Andrew Wright

CTO, N-Dimension
Dr. Wright brings over 20 years of experience in both professional software development and computer science research to N-Dimension. He has developed commercial and open source software, and has published numerous technical research papers in programming languages, formal methods, and computer security. He has focused on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure and industrial control systems for the past 10 years. As N-Dimension... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Can the Texas Energy System withstand a disaster this summer?
This panel addresses the role our energy stakeholders play in ensuring the resilience of our critical infrastructure. Disasters like the Minnesota bridge collapse, the 2009 disaster in Galveston, and Hurricane Katrina, remind us of our dependence on—and the fragility of—physical infrastructure. Whether it is roads, power lines or water treatment plants, infrastructure is critical to modern society, and it is in trouble. Big trouble. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. public infrastructure a D+ based on its physical condition and needed investments for improvement. At the same time, traditional investors are running out of money, such as the federal Highway Trust Fund, which is expected to run out of funds by November 2015. Where must the energy industry get involved to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of all neighbors, hospitals, schools, and places of worship and business? This panel brings five experts together to discuss exactly that. 

Moderator
avatar for Edward R. Saltzberg, Ph.D.

Edward R. Saltzberg, Ph.D.

Managing Director, The Security and Sustainability Forum
Dr. Saltzberg is a corporate office in the Willdan Group, responsible for federal program development.  A 50 year old public professional services firm, Willdan specializes in energy services, homeland security, financial services, and engineering and planning.  It has offices across the United States serving government, utilities and commercial clients.  Dr Saltzberg is also the Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Bame, Ph.D.

Sherry Bame, Ph.D.

Professor, Urban Planning Program, Texas A&M University
Before moving to Texas A&M University in 1984, Sherry Bame, Ph.D., taught at the University of Michigan and Boston University as well as worked and consulted in public health, occupational health, hospital systems, and health services research in the east coast and mid-west. While at Texas A&M, she has taught and conducted research in health systems planning and policy, environmental health policy, and sustainable urban planning, with... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Clement

Kevin Clement

Strategic Planner, Texas Office of Homeland Security
Kevin Clement has served as a Strategic Planner in the Texas Office of Homeland Security since December 2012.  In this capacity he wrote the Texas Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency Plan (TISR) and its accompanying Action Plan, and led the Continuity of Operations planning initiative for state agencies.  In recent months he has led joint DHS-Texas pilot programs for the Resilience Implementation Process and development of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Legatt, Ph.D.

Michael Legatt, Ph.D.

Principal Human Factors Engineer, ERCOT
Michael Legatt serves as the principal human factors engineer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the independent system operator that manages the flow of electricity to 22.7 million Texas customers. Dr. Legatt has been a programmer for over 20 years, and worked in the energy, financial, medical, neuroscience research and educational sectors. He has a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology/neuropsychology from the Ferkauf... Read More →
avatar for Shawn M. Strange

Shawn M. Strange

Special Projects Manager, NDRC, Texas General Land Office
Shawn M. Strange is a Special Projects Manager currently working on the Texas Application for the National Disaster Resilience Competition.  Since 2014 he has worked on policy development and design for a $3.1 billion Community Development Block Grant for communities affected by nationally declared disaster declarations in Texas for the Disaster Recovery Division of the Texas General Land Office. Prior to his work with the State of Texas... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

EV Charging 3.0
This session focuses on the realities of a mass proliferation of EVs and their charging infrastructure.
  • What steps do we need to take to achieve mass adoption of EVs and the supporting EV charging infrastructure?
  • What would a mass proliferation of EV charging systems look like? What would the business models look like? 

Moderator
avatar for Karl Popham

Karl Popham

Manager - Emerging Technologies & EV, Austin Energy
Karl Popham currently leads the utility’s Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicle teams. This includes Austin Energy’s award winning Plug-In Everywhere™ network and Plug-In Partners™ program. He is a project sponsor of the Department of Energy grants, “The Texas River Cities Electric Vehicle Initiative” and the “Texas Fuel Independence Project”. Popham has more than 20 years experience in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brett Hauser

Brett Hauser

CEO | Greenlots / Co-founder | Open Charge Alliance, Greenlots / Open Charge Alliance
Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, leads the company’s global business with a particular focus on facilitating company partnerships and ongoing expansion efforts. In coordination with the Board of Directors, Mr. Hauser is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic roadmap, introducing new solutions and services while leveraging the existing projects that Greenlots has successfully deployed around the world... Read More →
avatar for Justin Murrill

Justin Murrill

Global Sustainability Manager, Advanced Micro Devices
Justin Murrill is the Global Sustainability Manager for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). In this role he oversees strategies and programs related to AMD’s supplier responsibility, product stewardship, public reporting, and employee engagement. | | Prior to his role at AMD, Justin was the Director and Co-Owner of Culture Technologies, Inc., Organizational Development Associate for the US Green Building Council, and Senior Trainer for A... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Norman

Jeffrey Norman

VP - Emerging Technologies, Leidos
Jeffrey Norman is Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Leidos and has more than 23 years of telecom and technology development experience. Mr. Norman has been actively involved in the smart grid sector since 2000; working with various industry associations and more than 30 utilities as they have incubated and evaluated the value emerging technologies could play in their grid-modernization efforts. Prior to joining SAIC in 2011, Mr... Read More →
avatar for Ben Schlimme

Ben Schlimme

Powertrain Executive Program Manager, Toyota (TEMA)
Ben Schlimme is the Executive Program Manager with Toyota’s Advanced Planning & Research Department (APR) at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American R&D center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA). Mr. Schlimme’s responsibilities include development of Toyota’s North American Powertrain and CAFE(Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulation) Strategy... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

2:00pm

Smart Energy & IoT Networks
Smart meters have been the first step for many utilities in building smart grid infrastructure, but other dedicated grid sensing and control devices are becoming increasingly important for the future grid and the grid’s role in the Internet of Things.
  • What is the role of smart meters in today’s and tomorrow’s grid infrastructure?
  • Beyond smart meters, what other sensors will play an important role in the future grid? 
  • How can sensors be deployed on a large scale with low risk so as to not “experiment” on customers while still providing room for growth so customer don’t outgrow system capabilities too quickly? 

Moderator
avatar for Dr. Erfan Ibrahim

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim

Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience, National Renewable Energy Lab
Erfan Ibrahim is a well-known engineer, speaker, and executive who is widely recognized as a smart energy thought leader. Erfan has over 27 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications and Software industries with specialties in cybersecurity, data communications, wireless networking, network management, smart energy networks, standards development, product management, business development, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Luciano Alakija

Luciano Alakija

Head of Business Development M2M/IoT, Telefonica
Luciano Alakija received his B.E degree in Electrical Engineering from State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) – Brazil,  followed by MSc. degree in Optical Fiber Communications and Photonic Technologies from Politecnico di Torino – Italy, having developed his graduation project on photonic crystals nanotechnology at The University of Glasgow – UK. He is also an Executive MBA from Insper in Brazil with international module... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Beiner

Dirk Beiner

Founder & CTO, Energybox
Dirk Beiner has a long track-record of successfully launching technological innovations in traditional industries. A proven entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in leadership and ownership positions, Dirk brings significant product development, startup management, and business growth expertise to any project with which he is involved. Throughout his career, Mr. Beiner has demonstrated his ability to combine systems, software, and... Read More →
avatar for John Chowdhury

John Chowdhury

Director - Utility Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications
John Chowdhury is the utility practice director at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. He develops unique network integration solutions, modernization programs and network operations offerings tailored to support utilities as they adapt their communications networks to meet new demands for scalability, reliability, standards, and security. | | Recognized as a ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ by the Dallas Business Journal, John has... Read More →
avatar for Brian Huey

Brian Huey

M2M Business Development & Strategy, Sprint
Brian manages partnerships and Smart Grid ecosystem development. He has built successful and innovative partnerships to enable the Smart Grid and routinely presents to IOU’s, Municipalities and Cooperative customers. He’s a recognized speaker in the wireless enablement of Smart Grid and Energy Management, the industry implications and growth opportunities. He sets Sprint’s Smart Grid short term and long term strategy and his... Read More →
avatar for Ernie Lewis

Ernie Lewis

Global Manager, Marketing - Energy/Utility/Manufacturing Vertical, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Ernie Lewis, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, has over 25 years executive leadership experience working for a fortune 100, large electric utility in the United States, For the last 5 years, since joining Verizon, he has focused on the convergence of advanced communications into the Grid Modernization of the Energy & Utilities Industry. Ernie has designed, developed, and delivered a variety of business and technology solutions related to, among... Read More →
avatar for Tracy R. Trent

Tracy R. Trent

CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder, Proximetry
Mr. Trent co-founded Proximetry in early 2005 to make standards-based wireless networks vastly more predictable and robust through the company’s innovative software solutions. Mr. Trent brings close to 20 years of senior technology experience to Proximetry, with the past 10 years focused on solving the most difficult wireless and IoT networking challenges. Prior to founding Proximetry in 2005, Mr. Trent was president and CEO of... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center

3:00pm

Next-Generation Energy Systems
The next generation of energy systems panel considers the mix of funding mechanisms needed, the future models, role of industrial internet, big data and software technologies of energy systems, developments of a system of systems, and so forth.
  • What does the next-generation energy system look like?
  • How will new energy system models evolve and become reality?
  • What sort of funding opportunities are available, or are needed, to deliver on new opportunities for energy systems?
  • How will advanced data analytics and AI impact future systems?

 

Moderator
avatar for Brian Carey

Brian Carey

Partner, PwC's US Cleantech Advisory
Brian Carey is a partner based in San Jose, and he leads PwC's US Cleantech Advisory practice and co-leads PwC's Global Renewables Center of Excellence.  Brian has over 20 years of experience leading projects in market entry strategy, deals/M&A, operations transformation, supply chain, product innovation, and customer operations.  Brian has worked extensively with cleantech clients, including solar, energy storage, wind, smart grid... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike Gordon

Mike Gordon

Founder & CEO, Joule Assets
Mike Gordon is the founder and CEO of Joule Assets Inc., a leader in financing solutions for energy efficiency and demand response projects. Prior to Joule Assets, Mr. Gordon has played a central role in the energy field as a pioneer in building Energy Reduction Asset Markets, and as the founder of ConsumerPowerline, later “CPower”, which is generally recognized as the first demand response aggregator in the United States. CPower... Read More →
avatar for Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts

Executive Director, Energy Storage Association, Energy Storage Association
Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Matt has over 10 years of experience in energy policy, communications and association management with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed generation, and sustainable infrastructure.  Prior to joining ESA, Matt oversaw policy and operations for a... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Witt

Daniel Witt

Senior Manager of Business Development and US Policy, Tesla Motors
Daniel Witt is the Senior Manager of Business Development and US Policy for Tesla Motors. He joined Tesla following a four year stint in the United States Senate that included time as a Policy Aide with a broad legislative portfolio including Transportation issues and a variety of municipal and statewide infrastructure projects.   In his four years with Tesla Motors, Daniel has been tasked with addressing a myriad of domestic policy... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level M3 | Grand Ballroom AT&T Conference Center

3:00pm

Workforce of the Future
Most of us are digital immigrants; we didn’t grow up with social media and Snapchat, but today’s entrants into the workforce are digital natives.
  • What are the different work expectations of digital natives versus digital immigrants? 
  • How will digital natives change the workplace and drive innovation within organizations? 
  • What training and education is need to effectively prepare tomorrow’s workforce for success in the energy industry?

Moderator
avatar for Dorothy Ballard

Dorothy Ballard

Content Director, PennEnergy
Dorothy Ballard serves as the Content Director for PennEnergy, a global energy research, news, and employment portal under PennWell Corporation based in Tulsa, OK. Leading the development and management of content for a suite of online and print products, her work is centered on serving professionals in all segments of the electric power and oil & gas industries. | | Immersed in the B2B energy space for close to a decade, one of her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. S. Massoud Amin

Dr. S. Massoud Amin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Massoud Amin is Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid, Chairman of Texas Reliability Entity, a fellow of ASME, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota. He directs the university’s Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and professor of electrical and computer engineering. At TLI, Dr. Amin leads 7 endowed chairs and 54 associated faculty... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Rajit Gadh

Dr. Rajit Gadh

WINMEC Director, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and he is the Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) of which major organizations including ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBM-Italy, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS, Verizon Wireless and others have been... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stan McClellan

Dr. Stan McClellan

Director - Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
Stan McClellan is the Director of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and researches advanced communication & networking technologies. Dr. McClellan has held notable positions in the commercial, military/aerospace, and academic industries, including Hewlett Packard, ZNYX Networks, SBE, Inc., General Dynamics, LTV Aerospace, and Rockwell International. He served as... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center

4:00pm

Networking Break
Chat among your friends and peers.

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

4:30pm

Final Thoughts & Key Takeaways from ETS15
This session wraps up key themes from the ETS15 and discusses what participants will be taking back to their organizations.

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Level M2 | Amphitheater AT&T Conference Center