Presentations

SPP Special Briefing August 2014, Various Keynoters  Speakers
[8/27/2014]

Please click on the link at the top of this page to view the brochure and agenda for this event.

GCPA members have requested that more attention be paid to what is happening along the Gulf Coast in areas outside of ERCOT.  This special briefing will focus on SPP and events that are happening regarding the new energy market and the start of competition in providing transmission.

The morning starts with exploring the experience of the first 150 days of the SPP’s transition into the new Nodal Market (Integrated Market Place).  The morning panel is bracketed by keynote presentations from the SPP Board Chair and the Chair of the Texas PUC as they explain from their perspectives this important change to the SPP market participants.

The afternoon sessions shift the focus to interconnection and transmission issues.  We begin by exploring the coordination between SPP and MISO.  How are market interchanges working?  Have there been improvements in power flows?  in reliability?  What new challenges are these ISOs facing in operating their systems?  Next comes FERC Order 1000.  How will competition to provide transmission in SPP change this market…or will it?  What are different groups doing in response to this FERC Order?

What would a GCPA event be without networking?  You will have the opportunity to meet with many of your peers in the electric power sector all day, but plan on staying for the reception after the presentations.  Mix and mingle, make new contacts, re-establish former contacts, make post-event dinner plans to continue the conversations.

All of this is happening in Dallas. We hope you will join us!

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Monday, August 25th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $10 surcharge for walk-in registrants.

Austin August 2014 Luncheon, BJ Flowers, Director, Competitive Compliance  Sharyland Utilities, L.P.
[8/25/2014]

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE TO THE LCRA BOARD ROOM FOR THIS LUNCHEON. The LCRA Board Room is in the Hancock Building at 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. (middle building of the three larger buildings in the LCRA General Office Complex which is across the street from the Redbud Center.)

As part of acquisition of Cap Rock Energy in 2010, Sharyland Utilities was directed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas to study the possibility of transitioning the customers located in Cap Rock's bundled electric service territories to retail electric competition and to provide a plan for such a transition, which the PUCT ultimately approved in August 2012. Eighteen months later, Sharyland successfully transitioned these customers into retail electric competition throughout the month of May 2014. Our speaker BJ Flowers will share the details of this transition, including its successes and its challenges.

BJ has over thirty years’ experience in management, consulting, and information technology in the Electric, Oil and Gas, and Government sectors.  During 1999-2002, she worked with other ERCOT Market Participants on the design of the Retail Market for Electric Competition.  In addition to her work with RMS, TXSET, and Market Sync workshops, BJ was the first chair of the Commercial Operations Subcommittee.  During her tenure with a Retail Electric Provider, she was responsible for advocating initiatives in support of corporate goals utilizing relationship management. Her management experience includes implementing and supporting large and small CIS Systems, Web Technology, IVR, EDI, and Business Intelligence. BJ joined Sharyland Utilities, in the Spring of 2013 to lead their move to competition project.

Please RSVP no later than 12 noon on Friday, August 22nd. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.
 
ELIMINATION OF $0 NO LUNCHEON OPTION IN AUSTIN: Due to the high no-show rate for $0 No Luncheon registrants and GCPA's desire to avoid turning away those who try to register after a luncheon has sold out and/or any walk-in registrants, the $0 No Luncheon option will no longer be available as of the March 2014 luncheon.
 
NEW POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.
 
All of us at GCPA thank you for your understanding and for your support in our attempt to ensure that the maximum number of seats are available for those who wish to attend.

Houston August 2014 Luncheon, Beth Garza, Deputy Director - ERCOT IMM  Potomac Economics
[8/21/2014]

LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY GCPA emPOWERing WOMEN PROGRAM: Join us as popular speaker Beth Garza discusses her career as a woman in the electric power industry as well as the many changes she has seen over the years.

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, August 20th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.
 
Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center

If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Austin July 2014 Luncheon, Danielle Murray, Manager, Solar Energy Services  Austin Energy
[7/25/2014]

REGISTRATION HAS BEEN CLOSED BEFORE THE DEADLINE DUE TO SELL-OUT OF SEATS. IF YOU PLAN ON TRYING TO WALK-IN AS A REGISTRANT, PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR POLICY FOR WALK-INS AT SOLD OUT LUNCHEONS.

Speaker Danielle Murray will discuss how Austin Energy's solar portfolio has come to account for one-quarter of all solar capacity in Texas. Hear how the market has changed over the ten year history of AE's solar incentive programs, learn about AE's forthcoming community solar program, and the recently signed deal with Recurrent Energy to provide 150 MW of solar to the utility - the single largest project in Texas, at the lowest rate seen to date in the U.S.


Danielle Murray recently joined Austin Energy as the manager of Solar Energy Services. Most recently, Danielle has been the Renewable Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, where she led efforts to develop streamlined permitting and innovative financing mechanisms, served as chair of the Mayor's renewable energy task force, managed Solar America Cities and SunShot grant awards from the US DOE to reduce solar soft costs, coordinated district energy research and development, and engaged in extensive public and industry outreach. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Toronto's Energy Office, where she designed and implemented the Toronto Neighborhoods Initiative which provided grants and low-interest loans to homeowners to install solar water heating systems and other energy efficiency improvements.  Danielle has also worked for the Earth Policy Institute in Washington DC, researching and writing on the intersection of food, energy, and climate change, as well as serving in various volunteer and fellowship assignments in east and west Africa. Danielle received her Bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and Master's degrees in Planning and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED accredited professional.

Please RSVP no later than 12 noon on Thursday, July 24th. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.
 
ELIMINATION OF $0 NO LUNCHEON OPTION IN AUSTIN: Due to the high no-show rate for $0 No Luncheon registrants and GCPA's desire to avoid turning away those who try to register after a luncheon has sold out and/or any walk-in registrants, the $0 No Luncheon option will no longer be available as of the March 2014 luncheon.
 
NEW POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.
 
All of us at GCPA thank you for your understanding and for your support in our attempt to ensure that the maximum number of seats are available for those who wish to attend.

Houston July 2014 Luncheon, Marcelo Mereles Gras, Partner  EnergeA
[7/17/2014]

Our speaker Marcelo Mereles Gras, Partner at EnergeA, will explain the energy reform that was recently approved by the Mexican Government and its implications on the Mexican Power Market. It will focus on the expected changes, on the new regulatory framework and the opportunities that arise from this reform.

Gras served as head of international affairs at the Directorate General of Petróleos Mexicanos between 2007 and 2009. Previously, he worked in Pemex Financial Analysis Coordinator (2001-2006), where he was responsible for financial statement analysis and evaluation of investment projects for Pemex Exploration and Production, Pemex Refining, among other areas. Outside the energy sector, Gras has served as Chief of Staff of the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (2009-2010), and as Chief of the International Affairs Unit of the Secretariat (2010-2011). He also worked as a consultant in the Attorney General's Office (2006) and as deputy director of International Information on the Presidency of the Republic (1996-1999). He has a degree in International Relations from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). In 2001, he earned a Masters in International Affairs from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, July 16th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.
 
Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center

 
If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Dallas June 2014 Luncheon, Taylor Holcomb, Environmental Attorney  Vinson & Elkins LLP
[6/26/2014]

Many utility and manufacturing plants use cooling water intake structures to withdraw substantial amounts of water from nearby waterbodies for industrial cooling purposes.  In the process, fish and aquatic species may be impinged (sucked up against the intake structure screen) or entrained (sucked into the process).  EPA’s issuance of long-awaited final rules addressing impingement and entrainment is imminent. Come hear about these rules and learn how they will affect the power sector.

Please register by 12 noon Wednesday, June 25th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.

Parking: Available for $7 at Tower Garage located at 1515 Elm Street next to Thanksgiving Tower (NOTE: This is not the garage connected to Thanksgiving Tower).

If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Houston June 2014 Luncheon, Gürcan Gülen, Ph.D., Sr. Energy Economist  Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin
[6/19/2014]

Unconventional resource development has certainly helped the recovery from the 2008-09 recession via job creation and cheap energy. However, the understanding of shale gas resource potential and deliverability is still evolving. In the short-term, the problem is the low price of natural gas. The demand for natural gas is growing as investments are under way in industrial facilities, power plants, LNG and pipeline exports, and in the transportation sector. Yet, the timing and volume of demand and the ability of the producers to supply required amounts at desired prices remain uncertain. In this talk, Dr. Gülen will discuss US shale gas resource assessments, natural gas market dynamics and potential developments in major demand sectors.

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, June 18th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.

Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center


If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Austin June 2014 Luncheon, Pam Giblin, Partner  Baker & Botts LLP
[6/5/2014]

The EPA's most recent set of air and water quality rules for electric power plants have largely passed muster in the federal courts, and EPA is in the process of coming up with more new air and water quality rules for power plants. Come hear Pam Giblin, who has practiced environmental law since 1970, talk about the new rules and related EPA developments and how power plants in Texas will be affected.

REGISTRATION WAS CLOSED EARLY DUE TO SEATS BEING FULLY RESERVED; PLEASE READ BELOW FOR INFO ON NON-PAID REGISTRATIONS AND WALK-IN SEATING AVAILABILITY - Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.
 
ELIMINATION OF $0 NO LUNCHEON OPTION IN AUSTIN: Due to the high no-show rate for $0 No Luncheon registrants and GCPA's desire to avoid turning away those who try to register after a luncheon has sold out and/or any walk-in registrants, the $0 No Luncheon option will no longer be available as of the March 2014 luncheon.
 
NEW POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.
 
All of us at GCPA thank you for your understanding and for your support in our attempt to ensure that the maximum number of seats are available for those who wish to attend.

 

Austin May 2014 Luncheon, Lynn Crawford, Market Leader Energy & Utilities  Affiliated Engineers
[5/16/2014]

Regulated markets and competitive markets throughout the US are seeing progress in the implementation of combined heat and power at large commercial and industrial applications. Presentation will include the latest information on permitting, installation and economics for these installations.  What is a typical installation?  What are the differences in regulated and competitive markets? What is the impact of new legislation in Texas?

Please RSVP no later than 12 noon on Thursday, May 15th. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.
 
ELIMINATION OF $0 NO LUNCHEON OPTION IN AUSTIN: Due to the high no-show rate for $0 No Luncheon registrants and GCPA's desire to avoid turning away those who try to register after a luncheon has sold out and/or any walk-in registrants, the $0 No Luncheon option will no longer be available as of the March 2014 luncheon.
 
NEW POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.
 
All of us at GCPA thank you for your understanding and for your support in our attempt to ensure that the maximum number of seats are available for those who wish to attend.

Houston May 2014 Luncheon, Kevin Cadwell, Partner  Baker Botts
[5/15/2014]

Non-practicing entities exist not to provide a product or service to customers, but rather to hold intellectual property rights and assert those rights against companies that do.  So what if a company offers a product or service that allegedly infringes a non-practicing entity’s patents?  Come hear how the energy sector may be changing rapidly and how to prepare for the changing landscape of technology-related litigation.

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, May 14th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.
 
Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center

If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Houston April 2014 Luncheon, Journalists  Communication Specialists
[4/24/2014]

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MONTH'S LUNCHEON TAKES PLACE ON THE FOURTH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH INSTEAD OF THE TYPICAL 3RD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH.

Listen to a panel of energy industry journalists answer questions about how and why they do their jobs. What do they consider “newsworthy” and why? What do they see from their vantage point that we should see?

Moderator: Neil Geary, Sr. Director, Communications & External Affairs, BP America

Panelists:
David Cruthirds, The Cruthirds Report
Eileen O'Grady, Thomson Reuters
Anusha de Silva, Argus Media, Inc.
Mark Axford, Axford Turbine Consultants
Mark Watson, Platts


Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, April 23rd. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.
 
Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center

 
If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Austin April 2014 Luncheon, Phil Wilson, General Manager  LCRA
[4/18/2014]

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED DUE TO HIGH DEMAND FOR THIS LUNCHEON. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

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 the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Under the direction of the Texas Transportation Commission, he managed, directed and implemented TxDOT policies, programs and operating strategies. He also represented TxDOT before the Texas Legislature and other entities. Before joining TxDOT in 2011, Wilson served as senior vice president of public affairs and as a corporate officer for Luminant, Texas' largest electric generation company. In 2007, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Wilson as Texas' 106th Secretary of State. In that position, he was the chief elections officer and the chief international protocol officer for Texas. Wilson also served as the chair of the Governor's Competitiveness Council and on the Texas Border Security Council.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.
 
ELIMINATION OF $0 NO LUNCHEON OPTION IN AUSTIN: Due to the high no-show rate for $0 No Luncheon registrants and GCPA's desire to avoid turning away those who try to register after a luncheon has sold out and/or any walk-in registrants, the $0 No Luncheon option will no longer be available as of the March 2014 luncheon.
 
NEW POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.
 
All of us at GCPA thank you for your understanding and for your support in our attempt to ensure that the maximum number of seats are available for those who wish to attend.

Spring Conference 2014, Various speakers  keynoters
[4/1/2014]

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - 500+ Already Registered!

You can still join us as a walk-in - registration is available onsite as follows:

Workshop Walk-In Registration available Mon. 3/31 at 12:30 PM - $95
Conference Walk-In Registration available Tues. 4/1 beginning at 7:00 AM

  • GCPA Members - $625
  • Non-Members - $775
  • State Govt. Employees - $115
  • GCPA Members in Job Search Mode - $115
  • Non-Members in Job Search Mode - $265
  • Full Time Students - $70


Join us at GCPA's 28th Annual Spring Conference! Over 500 electric power industry professionals already registered!

Registration pricing for full 1.5 day conference beginning at $575! For complete pricing information, click on the conference brochure link at the top of this page and view page 7 of the brochure.

To view the conference brochure with agenda information, please click on the Conference Brochure/Agenda link at the top of this page. To view the Pre-Conference Workshop Agenda, please click on the link at the top of this page. If you are interested in a Spring Conference Sponsorship or in reserving a Spring Conference Exhibition Space, please click on the Sponsor/Exhibitor Brochure link at the top of this page. You may also contact Mary Armstrong, Director of Member Services & Marketing for details.

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Dallas March 2014 Luncheon, John Bick, Managing Principal  Priority Power Management, LLC
[3/25/2014]

As the oil and gas industry moves to more liquids-rich plays requiring heavy horsepower requirements, it becomes critical that sufficient, reliable and low cost power is available in a timely manner. When the grid cannot meet any one of these requirements, onsite power generation can be a solution. This presentation will touch on the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry with respect to powering their growing needs, and explore case studies of where onsite power generation is a viable solution.

Our speaker John Bick is the Managing Principal of Priority Power Management, LLC (PPM) and has 23 years of energy experience.  John joined PPM in 2003 and leads PPM’s strategy, business development, and risk management initiatives, as well as providing hands on expertise to large clients. Prior to joining PPM, John spent 14-years in both the regulated and deregulated energy markets. He was previously Director of Strategic Business Development for TXU Energy, where he was responsible for identifying and developing multi-million dollar, comprehensive energy management and outsourcing engagements across North America. Prior to joining TXU Energy, he was the Manager of Strategic Accounts for TXU Electric & Gas, the regulated utility in North Texas. During his tenure, the organization was recognized in both 1999 and 2000 by large national commercial and industrial multi-site end-use companies as the “Outstanding National Accounts Organization” in a poll conducted by the Edison Electric Institute. For three consecutive years since 2011, John has been honored with recognition by the Dallas Business Journal in its selection of “Who’s Who In Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh Energy.” He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University and has completed Executive Management Programs at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as advanced level training classes at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) on Natural Gas Risk Management and Trading.

Please register by 12 noon Monday, March 24th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.

Parking: Available for $7 at Tower Garage located at 1515 Elm Street next to Thanksgiving Tower (NOTE: This is not the garage connected to Thanksgiving Tower). 

If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Houston March 2014 Luncheon, John Bick, Managing Principal  Priority Power Management, LLC
[3/20/2014]

As the oil and gas industry moves to more liquids-rich plays requiring heavy horsepower requirements, it becomes critical that sufficient, reliable and low cost power is available in a timely manner. When the grid cannot meet any one of these requirements, onsite power generation can be a solution. This presentation will touch on the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry with respect to powering their growing needs, and explore case studies of where onsite power generation is a viable solution.

Our speaker John Bick is the Managing Principal of Priority Power Management, LLC (PPM) and has 23 years of energy experience.  John joined PPM in 2003 and leads PPM’s strategy, business development, and risk management initiatives, as well as providing hands on expertise to large clients. Prior to joining PPM, John spent 14-years in both the regulated and deregulated energy markets. He was previously Director of Strategic Business Development for TXU Energy, where he was responsible for identifying and developing multi-million dollar, comprehensive energy management and outsourcing engagements across North America. Prior to joining TXU Energy, he was the Manager of Strategic Accounts for TXU Electric & Gas, the regulated utility in North Texas. During his tenure, the organization was recognized in both 1999 and 2000 by large national commercial and industrial multi-site end-use companies as the “Outstanding National Accounts Organization” in a poll conducted by the Edison Electric Institute. For three consecutive years since 2011, John has been honored with recognition by the Dallas Business Journal in its selection of “Who’s Who In Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh Energy.” He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University and has completed Executive Management Programs at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as advanced level training classes at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) on Natural Gas Risk Management and Trading.

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, March 19th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.
 
Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center

 
If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.
 

Austin March 2014 Luncheon, Beth Garza, Deputy Director- ERCOT IMM  Potomac Economics
[3/3/2014]

LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY GCPA emPOWERing WOMEN PROGRAM: Join us as popular speaker Beth Garza discusses her career as a woman in the electric power industry as well as the many changes she has seen over the years.

Please RSVP no later than 12 noon on Friday, February 28th.
 Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

ELIMINATION OF $0 NO LUNCHEON OPTION IN AUSTIN: Due to the high no-show rate for $0 No Luncheon registrants and GCPA's desire to avoid turning away those who try to register after a luncheon has sold out and/or any walk-in registrants, the $0 No Luncheon option will no longer be available as of the March 2014 luncheon.

NEW POLICY FOR NON PRE-PAID LUNCHEON REGISTRATIONS IN THE EVENT OF A SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON: In order to accommodate walk-ins at sold-out luncheons, any registrations that are not pre-paid during the online registration process will be held only until 11:55 AM for the original registrants. At 11:55 AM, any available non pre-paid seats will be released for purchase by walk-in registrants. Seats will be allocated to walk-in registrants based on the time of the walk-in registrants arrival. If a non pre-paid original registrant should arrive after 11:55 AM, they will be directed to register as a walk-in registrant and will be reallocated a seat only after all earlier arriving walk-ins have been seated. SINCE MANY AUSTIN LUNCHES SELL OUT, GCPA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES YOU TO PRE-PAY FOR YOUR LUNCHEON IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT.

All of us at GCPA thank you for your understanding and for your support in our attempt to ensure that the maximum number of seats are available for those who wish to attend.

Dallas February 2014 Luncheon, Raúl Livas & Rodrigo Favela Fierro, Partners  EnergeA
[2/27/2014]

The presentation will explain the energy reform that was just approved by the Mexican Government, and its implications on the Mexican Power Market. It will focus on the expected changes, on the new regulatory framework and the opportunities that arise from this reform.

Raúl Livas has developed a career that mixes both the public and the private sector, focused mainly in the energy sector. He has a vast experience in business development, public policy, investments and planning. Past positions in the public sector include COO, Petróleos Mexicanos  [Pemex] (2006–2009); Pemex Director, Petrochemical Division (1997–1998); Pemex Planning Corporative Director (1998–1999); Energy Policy Unity Chief, Ministry of Energy [SENER] (1996–1997); and Energy Secretary Advisors coordinator  (1995–1996). Past positions in the private sector include CEO, OESIA México (2010-2011); Business Developer Director, Intellego (2005–2006); CEO, MXV Capital Ventures (2003–2005); Consulting Partner, GEA (2001–2003); and Research Director, Vector Casa de Bolsa (1999–2001).

Rodrigo Favela Fierro has a 20 years’ experience in in strategic planning, technology, business development, investments, operations, and energetic solutions for the energy sector. He has 15 years experience at Pemex including serving as Planning Subdirector in their Refinery Division from 2007-10 as well as responsibility for crude oil international commerce; strategic planning; optimization; performance evaluation; benchmarking; supervision and coordination of oil and its derivatives supply chain; project development; and investment budget management. Fierro has also served as a consultant to Hart Energy and as an independent environmental consultant for chemical related companies.

Please register by 12 noon Wednesday, February 26th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.

Parking: Available for $5 at Tower Garage located at 1515 Elm Street next to Thanksgiving Tower (NOTE: this is not the garage connected to Thanksgiving Tower). 

If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Houston February 2014 Luncheon, Darrell Hayslip, President  Narrow Gate Energy, LLC
[2/20/2014]

Our speaker Darrell Hayslip will present information that addresses both the ERCOT Resource Adequacy issue and the provision of significant new generation and energy storage capacity utilizing both new and conventional technologies at prices that are less than gas-fired peakers. His presentation will include key information on TAS Energy’s Generation Storage technology, which enhances ERCOT’s summer capacity, operational flexibility, and energy storage needs.
 
Darrell has been a leader in the ERCOT market and with GCPA for over 20 years. He served in various senior executive roles at Dynegy, Calpine, EON, and Xtreme Power using gas-fired generation, renewables, and energy storage technologies. Today he works with numerous clients using a broad range of energy technologies, advising and leading in the areas of development, policy, origination, strategy, financing, market valuation, and commercial operation of energy assets. Darrell also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Energy Storage Association in Washington, DC.

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Wednesday, February 19th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $5 surcharge for walk-in registrants.
 
Parking available at 1111 San Jacinto Garage (garage is at street level with Downtown Club at 1100 Caroline located above the garage)

  • ENTER GARAGE FROM LAMAR – From Caroline Street, take a right on Lamar; garage entrance will be on your left
  • Take the Caroline Street bank of elevators to Level C (11th floor) to reach the Downtown Club at Houston Center
If you encounter any problems while registering, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

Austin February 2014 Luncheon, Robert Helton, Director, Market Design & Policy  IPR - GDF SUEZ North America
[2/14/2014]

This presentation will explore the basic elements of the ORDC: The Value of Lost Load (VOLL); Minimum Contingency Level (MCL) and The Loss of Load Probability (LOLP). After discussing the elements of the ORDC, we will discuss how it is being implemented in the ERCOT real time market and how the revenues flow through settlement.

Our speaker Robert (Bob) Helton has more than 25 years of experience in the electric industry.He is responsible for developing regulatory/market design policy in support of IPR - GDF SUEZ's generation development and market activities within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), including extensive participation in the Legislative, ERCOT stakeholder and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) processes for the development and modification of the ERCOT retail and wholesale market design and protocols. He has served as a member of the ERCOT Board of Directors, Technical Advisory Committee, chairman of the Wholesale Market Subcommittee and a board member of the Competitive Power Advocates Legislative Lobbying Consortium. Mr. Helton holds a bachelor of science degree in nuclear science from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Please RSVP no later than 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 13. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis after event registration has closed. Please email Cathy Fry at cfry@navigant.com if you wish to inquire about space availability or have any other questions about the luncheon.

If you encounter any problems in trying to register online, please contact Penny Sullivan at psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.


GCPA Special Briefing February 2014, Various speakers  keynoters
[2/6/2014]

Please click on the link at the top of this page to access the Special Briefing event brochure with a complete agenda and more detailed information.

GCPA members have requested that more attention be paid to what is happening along the Gulf Coast in areas outside of ERCOT.  This special briefing will focus on Entergy and its recent integration into MISO plus the impacts on the Louisiana industrial sector as natural gas becomes abundant and relatively inexpensive.

The morning starts with exploring the operational issues now that Entergy has entered the operations phase of being in MISO. Panelists will explain what has happened, how it compares to what was anticipated and what, if any, changes have been made.  The morning panel is bracketed by keynote presentations from executive management at MISO and NRG as they explain from their perspectives this important change in the Louisiana power markets.

The afternoon sessions shift the focus to natural gas and the Louisiana industrial sector.  Fracking in the United States has created an abundance of natural gas at prices much lower than a decade ago. Experts  will explain how natural gas use is being expanded in power generation, by utilities as well as industrial facilities.  What are the forecasts for this in the future? Does the MISO integration have any impact on this?  The final discussion looks at the natural gas and power impacts on industrial growth along the Gulf Coast.  Natural gas availability and price are leading to a boom in industrial development and lower cost generation.  The industrial boom requires skilled labor to build the new facilities, but is there enough labor to make this happen?  Are industrial facilities looking for a cogeneration renaissance or will they turn to the market for power purchases?

What would a GCPA event be without networking?  You will have the opportunity to meet with many of your peers in the electric power and industrial sector all day, but plan on staying for the reception after the presentations.  Mix and mingle, make new contacts, re-establish former contacts, make post-event dinner plans to continue the conversations.

All of this is happening in New Orleans. We hope you will join us!

Please note that registration closes at 12 noon Tuesday, February 4th. If registration is closed, walk-in registrants are welcome on a space-available basis at the event. There will be a $10 surcharge for walk-in registrants.

 

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