Wednesday 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Empowering Consumers, Reinventing Infrastructure

The impact of microgrids, energy storage and other disruptive technologies

7:30 – 8:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:30

Jeff Fleeman, Director of Advanced Transmission Studies and Technologies, American Electric Power

9:30 – 10:15

Brewster McCracken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pecan Street Inc

10:15 – 11:00

“Rechargeable Batteries Old and New”
John Goodenough, Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Click here to view a PDF of John Goodenough’s presentation.

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:30

How Smartgrids Enable Consumers
Moderator: Kurt Stogdill, Distributed Energy Services Group, Austin Energy
Featured panelists:
Paul Wattles, Senior Market Design Analyst, ERCOT
PDF presentation
Bernardo Mendez, Product Manager, Active Power
PDF presentation
Emmanuel Monnerie, Landis Gyr PDF presentation
Anna Lising, Opower PDF presentation

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch – Keynote
Rebecca Klein, Chair, Power Across Texas; former Chair, Public Utility Commission of Texas
Click here to view a PDF of Rebecca Klein’s presentation slides.

2:00 – 2:45

Edward Buck, Specialist Engineer EATON Corp

2:45 – 3:30

Lance Spross, Director, Engineering Standards and Maintenance Strategy, Oncor PDF presentation

3:30 – 3:45


3:45 – 5:00

Policy implications of increasing energy storage on the grid
Moderator: Paul Hudson, Managing Partner, Stratus Energy Group; former Chair, Texas Public Utilities Commission
Featured panelists:
Darren Hammell, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Princeton Power Systems PDF presentation
Matt Roberts, Executive Director, Energy Storage Association
Evan Ture, Senior Sales Application Engineer, Younicos Inc
Bob King, President of Good Company Associates
PDF presentation

Evening Sessions and Events

5:15 – 6:00

Tour the nation’s largest microgrid – right here on the
UT Austin campus.
UT’s Austin campus generates its own electricity in one of the most efficient combined heat and power plants in the US and distributes it on campus via the nation’s largest microgrid. Check it out during this tour of the university’s power station and other facilities. Free and open to the public (numbers restricted).


Banquet and presentation of awards for energy startup competition and research poster competition
Other Energy Week Events
All day Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Renewable Energy Law (Day 2)
Energy Technology Open Competition
Start-up competition pitches will be presented in the Alumni Center Legends Room and San Jacinto Meeting Room 208, starting after breakfast and continuing until 5 pm. Winners will be announced at the Energy Week Banquet (separate registration required).