AGENDA - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
7:15 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:15 AM GCPA President’s Welcome: Katie Coleman, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Recognition of Co-Chairs: Kim Casey, Executive Director, GCPA
Conference Introduction: Tammy Cooper, Sr. VP Regulatory, Austin Energy
Cheryl Mele, Regional Vice President - Texas, El Paso Electric Company
8:30 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Peter Lake, Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
9:00 AM Session I - Betting on Texas
An impressive number of companies are “betting on Texas” via headquarters relocation or choosing to grow their business in the Lone Star state. This dynamic panel will explore views on the people, power, infrastructure, and policy requirements essential for business success. Given the recent challenges on the ERCOT electric grid, why are these companies still betting Texas has what they need to achieve their goals? And what are they advocating for to make those business goals a reality?
Session Moderator: Craig Rhodes, Senior Director, Regional Economic Development, Greater Houston Partnership
John Hryhorchuk, Vice President of Policy, Texas 2036
Virginia Martinez Schaefer, Director Governmental Relations, Texas Instruments
Michael McNamara, CEO, Lancium
Sam L. Susser, Chairman & CEO, Susser Bank
10:00 AM NETWORKING BREAK
10:45 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Brad Jones, Interim CEO, ERCOT
11:15 AM Session II - Upping the Ante with Renewables
ERCOT was the first market to truly integrate renewable resources and investors continue to be bullish on renewables in Texas. This panel will focus on the driving factors for renewable investment, what renewable resources mean for resource adequacy and reliability, and how the market needs to evolve to ensure further investment in generation.
Session Moderator: McCall Johnson, VP Regulatory Affairs & Govt. Relations, Innovant PR
Bob Helton, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, ENGIE North America Inc.
Laura Manz, Director - Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure, Guidehouse
Shalin Parikh, Vice President, EIG
Randa Stephenson, Sr. Vice President, Wholesale Markets, LCRA
12:15 PM LUNCHEON
1:30 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mark G. Lauby, Sr. Vice President & Chief Engineer, NERC
2:00 PM Session III - Distribution Outage Management
During Winter Storm Uri, electric utilities across the state struggled to manage rotating outages on the distribution system. Electric service to circuits with identified critical facilities was not curtailed while many customers on circuits without critical facilities were without power for days. This panel will explore outage management issues and the potential to divide the grid into smaller operational segments to enable smaller, more granular outages with less customer impact. This panel will also discuss how smart meters and technology could potentially be leveraged to better manage future outages.
Session Moderator: Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technology
Mark Carpenter, Sr. Vice President, T&D Operations, Oncor
Thomas Pierpoint, Vice President, Electric System Engineering & Technical Services, Austin Energy
Randy Pryor, Vice President of Distribution Operations, CenterPoint Energy
Jeff Stracener, Vice President, Distribution Region Operations, AEP Texas
3:00 PM GCPA Pat Wood Power Star & emPOWERing Young Professionals Awards
3:20 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:50 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Jack Weixel, Sr. Director, Climate and Sustainability, IHS Markit
4:15 PM Session IV - Natural Gas & Power Coordination
At the peak of Winter Storm Uri, it has been reported that more than 20,000 MW of natural gas-powered generation was offline due to an interruption of power supply to natural gas facilities and insufficient weatherization of natural gas and power generation facilities. The need for coordination between the two industries has never been more acute. This panel will explore the Texas Legislature’s directives and the industries’ need to identify critical natural gas infrastructure in the Texas Electricity Supply Chain, weatherization of natural gas and power facilities, curtailment, coordination, communication and other issues that need to be addressed.
Session Moderator: Jolly Hayden, Managing Director, GDS Associates
Natalie Dubiel, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Railroad Commission of Texas
Peter Esposito, Principal, Crested Butte Catalysts, LLC
Thomas Gleeson, Executive Director, PUCT
Dan Hudson, Owner & President, Woodlands Energy Management, LLC
5:15 PM ADJOURN
5:15 - 7:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION
AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
7:30 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Evan Smith, CEO, Texas Tribune
9:00 AM Session V - How the Recent Legislation Will Impact the Power Industry
Following Winter Storm Uri, the 87th session of the Texas Legislature was laser focused on issues affecting the reliable delivery of electricity to consumers. After hours of hearings and a prolific number of proposed bills, more than 20 pieces of legislation affecting the electric power industry were eventually passed. In this panel discussion, we will hear how this new legislation will affect the future of the ERCOT power market from the perspective of a power generator, a retail electricity provider, an electric cooperative and a transmission and distribution utility.
Session Moderator: Michael Jewell, Principal, Jewell & Associates PLLC
Amanda Frazier, Sr. Vice President Regulatory Policy, Vistra Corp.
Jay Harpole, CEO, AP Gas & Electric
Julia Harvey, Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, Texas Electric Cooperatives
Jason Ryan, Sr. Vice President, Regulatory Services & Government Affairs, CenterPoint Energy
10:00 AM NETWORKING BREAK
10:30 AM Session VI - Distributed Generation, Energy Storage & Demand Response: Valuable Resources for the Future
ERCOT’s Roadmap to Improving Reliability includes a plan to eliminate barriers to distributed generation, energy storage, and demand response/flexibility to allow more resources to participate in the ERCOT market. These valuable resources can be utilized to meet future peak demand, renewable intermittency, ancillary services and provide relief during periods of high stress on the electric grid. This panel will discuss the tools and systems necessary for deployment, current challenges/barriers and success stories in ERCOT as well as other markets.
Session Moderator: Kim Casey, Executive Director, GCPA
Paul Choi, Executive Vice President, Broad Reach Power
James McPhail, CEO, Enersponse
Sam Scuilli, General Manager, CashGen, a Voltus affiliate
Alison Silverstein, Consultant, Alison Silverstein Consulting
11:15 AM Session VII - Outlook for the Retail Electricity Market in ERCOT
ERCOT has been described as the most successful retail electricity market in the world. This panel will explore how the fallout from Winter Storm Uri has affected the status of the Texas competitive retail market today and how future changes can create new challenges/opportunities for customers to benefit from retail competition in the future.
Session Moderator: Cathy Webking, Attorney, Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP
Jesson Bradshaw, CEO, Energy Ogre
Mark Parsons, Vice President Green Mountain Energy and Partner Brands, NRG
Jennifer Schmitt, Director, Operations, Got Rhythm
12:00 PM CONFERENCE ADJOURNS