Thursday 2016

Thursday, February 18

Utilities & The Grid

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15

Panel: Storage, Renewables, and Grid Management
Genevieve Dufau, SolarCity | Click to view PDF slides
Bill Muston, Oncor | Click to view PDF slides
Ramkumar Krishnan, CTO, Fluidic Energy | Click to view PDF slides
Todd Kiehn, Active Power
Fred Beach, Assistant Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin (Moderator)

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Panel: De-Carbonizing the Grid
Khalil Shalabi, Austin Energy
Beth Garza, Potomac Economics
David Gee, Boston Consulting Group
Jim Marston, Environmental Defense Fund
Ross Baldick, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin (Moderator) | Click to view PDF slides

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 1:15

Lunch and UT Energy Poll Presentation:
Sheril Kirshenbaum, Director, UT Energy Poll | Click to view PDF slides

1:15 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:45

Panel: Financing Electrons
Kevin Howell, Illinois Power Generating Company
Shaila Hossain, Captra Capital LLC | Click to view PDF slides
John Hackney, Wells Fargo
Andy Bowman, Pioneer Green Energy LLC | Click to view PDF slides
Dave Tuttle, UT Austin (Moderator)

2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 4:15

Panel: Menace or Miracle? Rethinking Nuclear Waste
Charles Maguire, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Steven Biegalski, Director of the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, UT Austin | Click to view PDF slides
Monty Humble, AFCI Texas
Jessica Lovering, Breakthrough
Bob Hebner, Director, Center for Electromechanics, UT Austin (Moderator)

4:45 – 6:15

Happy Hour/Networking including Poster Competition People’s Choice Voting

6:15 – 6:45

Award Presentations for Poster and Start-up Competitions

After the panels, please join us in a Happy Hour Co-Hosted with Young Professionals in Energy (Austin Chapter) and view the outstanding energy-related posters included in our Poster Competition. You can cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. We’ll close out the night with an announcement of the winners.