Schedule

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SUNDAY, June 23, 2019

Time Event
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pre-conference Meetup
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MONDAY, June 24, 2019

Time Event
7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration Open
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open
8:30 am - 10:15 am Opening Plenary Session
8:35 am - 8:55 am | Individual Remarks by Bill Magness, CEO of ERCOT
Speaker:
Bill Magness, President and CEO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

8:55 am - 9:15 am | Fireside Chat
Speakers:
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Arthur D’Andrea, Commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Texas
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9:20 am - 10:15 am | SEPA General Session
Speaker:
Julia Hamm, President and CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
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SEPA's President and CEO, Julia Hamm, sits down with executives from three Texas utilities to discuss the growth in renewable energy, how new technologies are reshaping the way utilities do business, and what these new developments mean for the companies and customers they serve. Each speaks from a unique utility business model -- vertically-integrated, wires-only, and member-owned cooperative. Carbon and climate change, state, and federal policy, the economics of power delivery, and the utility business model -- everything is on the table. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear directly from these energy sector leaders about where we are going and how your business plays a role, in this energetic kick-off to Solar Power Texas!
10:15 am - 11:00 am Networking Breaks & Exhibits
Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 2
 11:00 am - 12:00 pm How Effective Messaging Can Win Over Audiences
Speaker:
Dan Whitten, Vice President, Public Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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Improving Interconnection in the Lone Star State
Moderator:
Caitlin Smith, Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Invenergy
Speaker:
Warren Lasher, Senior Director, System Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
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Learn from a diverse set of professional communicators and campaigners on how to best communicate the value of solar. We'll dive into the latest public opinion polling to show you what works and what doesn't, and help attendees learn better ways to tell their story, attract customers, and leverage the solar industry's overwhelming popularity to develop a more active and engaged public network of supporters.
This session will discuss common transmission-level interconnection challenges for solar and storage in Texas including how to most appropriately best practices to address energy storage in interconnection standards, best practices for interconnection timelines, and other related critical processes critical related to sustained utility-scale solar growth.
 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits
 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Opportunities for Community Solar in Texas
Speaker:
TBA
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Trends in Solar Manufacturing
Moderator:
John Smirnow, General Counsel & Vice President of Market Strategy, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Speaker:
Debbie Brodt-Giles, Data Science and Innovation Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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What is happening with Community Solar in Texas? Drawing from a diversity of experience, this session will investigate, analyze, and evaluate how to overcome key bottlenecks to the expansion of community solar in Texas and better provide homeowners, renters, and businesses access to the benefits of shared solar energy generation.
Between tariffs on a variety of solar imports, new announcements around domestic manufacturing facilities, and DOE's American-Made Solar Prize, the past year has brought the spotlight to solar manufacturing. This session will cover manufacturing trends, including the prospect for new domestic facilities, and how these developments impact the industry downstream.
 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm Quick Break
 2:40 pm - 3:05 pm QuickTalk: An Insider Look at What SEIA’s Doing in DC to Protect Your Business
Speaker:
Katherine Gensler, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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QuickTalk: Preparing for a High Solar Penetration Future - The Austin SHINES Program
Speaker:
TBA
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In Congress, 2019 offers new opportunities to talk about clean energy in the context of infrastructure legislation, energy and tax policy. Meanwhile, regulatory changes at EPA and the Department of the Interior will affect electricity generation and usage nationwide. Attendees will learn about both short- and long-term opportunities with potentially massive implications for the industry and hear what SEIA is doing to protect your business in Washington, D.C.
The Austin Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics (SHINES) project is an exciting collaborative investigation into effective utilization of distributed energy resources in Texas, slated to conclude in April. The program, which consists of energy storage in utility and customer sited applications, smart inverters, and software solutions demonstrates how we can improve the way that we generate, deliver, and consume electricity. This session will identify and provide an initial outline of how this specific project was able to demonstrate methods to optimize the value stream for solar and storage with a business model developed for grid, commercial, and residential applications.
 3:10 pm - 3:35pm QuickTalk: Consumer Protection
Speaker:
TBA
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QuickTalk: Non-Wires Solutions
Speaker:
Suzanne Bertin, Managing Director, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance
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As the solar energy industry continues to mature in Texas, defining, meeting and exceeding customer expectations is essential. This session will define how to engage with customers effectively and ethically to grow business opportunities for solar installer.
Non-Wires Solutions (NWS) can defer or replace the need for traditional distribution infrastructure and deliver cost savings while supporting integration of advanced energy technologies to make the grid more secure, clean and reliable - but how does this play in Texas? This session will investigate the unique opportunities and challenges to deploying NWS in the Lone Star State.
3:35 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break
 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout Session
Speaker:
John Pitts, Principal, Texas Star Alliance
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EV Market Development
Speaker:
David Tuttle, Research Fellow, Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin
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EVs are a key technology for facilitating the switch from fossil fuels to renewable resources, growing electricity demand in the process. This new demand could challenge grid distribution capacity, but the smart deployment of EVs and complementary technologies bring solar resource integration benefits as well. This session will explore the capabilities of managed electric vehicle charging to address system peaks and resource adequacy by bringing new flexibility in support of a cleaner power system and more solar energy resources.
 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm Networking Happy Hour & Exhibits
 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Networking Reception

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019

Time Event
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration & Exhibits Open
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast & Exhibits
9:00 am - 10:15 am General Session
9:00 am - 9:20 am | TBA
9:20 am - 10:15 am | The Future of Energy Storage in Texas
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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and some of the world’s biggest solar+storage projects are being planned in the Lone Star State. This session will evaluate how Texas is opening revenue streams for energy storage and what more needs to be done to shift a booming renewables industry in Texas into one with greater storage deployment. Panelists will discuss why the Texas market is tough for energy storage, who can own battery storage, the role of third-party services and reliability contracts, and customer-sited resilience for small-scale storage.
10:15 am - 10:30 am Quick Break
10:30 am - 10:55 am Unique Energy Partnerships: Synergies with Oil, Gas, and Solar
Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 2
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ERCOT In Transition: Emergency Conditions, Renewables, and Demand Response
Speaker:
Kevin Gresham, Vice President, Government Relations & External Affairs, E.ON North America
Bob Helton, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Engie North America
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Opportunities and Challenges for Distributed Energy Resources in the Lone Star State
Speaker:
TBA
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Last summer ERCOT customers experienced the lowest reserve levels in 10 years while also surpassing peak hourly load and could head into this year’s summer with the slimmest reserve margins ever. This session will dive into the unique challenges ERCOT faces, the role that renewables and demand response can play in keeping the grid running smoothly, and explore whether market reforms are needed at ERCOT.
As solar and distributed energy resources become more accessible and affordable for consumers, rate design components such as net metering and demand charges are increasingly integral in how solar is generated, owned and valued in Texas. DERs present huge opportunities for risk and resilience measures, creating interest in how we can incorporate more solar onto the grid. Hear from industry and utilities on the opportunities and challenges for supporting more distributed energy resources, and what it could mean for the future of Texas energy.

About Solar Power Texas

Since it's debut in San Antonio, Texas in 2016, Solar Power Texas has garnered the attention of industry leaders and professionals from all cross-sections of the solar industry. Each year, more than 400 attendees and 40 exhibitors venture to the region's premier event to expand their business, connect with industry leaders, and gain the latest trends and policies impacting the Texas market.

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