October 1


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Early Check-In & Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception
Garden Terrace (Extending a special welcome to EPRI’s 2019 Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Symposium Guests!)                                                                                                                 


October 2


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Location: Regency Center/East
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary Session | Defining the Electrification Experience
Opening Plenary Session:
Welcome from Salvador Casente, Vice President and General Counsel, Electric Power Research Institute

Paula Gold-Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, CPS Energy
Defining the Electrification Experience

Opening Keynote Speaker:
Professor Ernest Moniz, 13th United States Secretary of Energy

Opening Plenary Panel:
Taking it to the Street: Elements of Efficient Electrification’s Success

Evan Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, Texas Tribune
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break in Main Foyer with Sponsors
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

The Customer Experience

Addressing Electrification Enablers and Barriers

What role do customer perception, market availability, benefit-cost analysis, and regulation play in the decision to adopt electrification programs and more efficient electric technologies? This group of panelists will dive into these topics in depth.

Moderator: Omar Siddiqui, Senior Technical Executive, EPRI

  • DeAnna Hardwick, Interim Vice President of Customer Success, CPS Energy
  • Deborah Kimberly, Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions and Corporate Communication, Austin Energy
  • Carl Pechman, Director, National Regulatory Research Institute

Innovative Technologies

Session 1: Charging Options for On-Road Vehicles

How could DC charging networks, smart charging, DC services, and other innovative technology configurations provide the refueling infrastructure necessary for a robust, electrified transportation economy?

Moderator: Daniel Bowermaster, Electric Transportation Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • Andrew “Drew” Higgins, Senior Director, Products and Services, CPS Energy
  • Dr. Geoff Morrison, Senior Associate, Cadmus Group
  • Karl Popham, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies Manager, Austin Energy
  • John Voelcker, Journalist and Analyst
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Regency Center/East
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

The Customer Experience

Session 2: Delighting the Military Customer

The United States Military has a massive footprint in Texas and the region. This session will explore the special needs of and special outcomes for military customers, with an emphasis on the drivers and technologies for efficiently electrifying, on base. Hear from a panel of representatives about how electrification can benefit the military base today, and what might be needed in the future.

Moderator: Joe Bryan, Principal, Muswell Orange, LLC, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy

  • Christian De La Rosa, Deputy Director, Civil Engineer Group, Joint Base San Antonio
  • Thomas Reddoch, Principal Technical Executive, EPRI
  • John Veracruz, Texas Army National Guard Sustainability and Energy Manager
  • Michael Wu, Principal, Converge Strategies

Innovative Technologies

Session 2: Tough Enough? A Deep Dive into Tough and Rugged Electrified Solutions for Industry

What role do electrified, natural gas and pipeline compression systems, agriculture and farming equipment and pumps, heavy manufacturing, and other industrial applications play in a new, electrified, economy?

Moderator: Baskar Vairamohan, Principal Technical Leader, Electrification, EPRI
  • Drew Abbott, President, Single-Phase Power Solutions, LLC
  • Mark Crosby, General Manager, Gaumer Process
  • Lana Lovick, Manager, Entergy Electric Technology Program
  • Chance Turner, Lead Specialist, Energy Management, Energy Transfer
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Break in Main Foyer with Sponsors
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Breakout Sessions

The Customer Experience

Session 3: Delighting the Residential Customer/The Customer Experience

This session will highlight the residential customer by addressing the parallels among big companies and the utility when it comes to providing an excellent customer experience. What can we learn from each other? Where is the low-hanging fruit? What moves the needle? And how do we make electrification affordable for limited-income households?

Moderator: Martin Prado, Advanced Buildings R&D Project Lead, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • Matt Golden, Chief Executive Officer, Recurve
  • Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute
  • Jesse Hernandez, Director of Community Engagement, CPS Energy
  • Dr. Benjamin D. Leibowicz, Assistant Professor, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

Innovative Technologies

Session 3: Growth Opportunities in Customer Technologies

How are electrified technologies for the everyday — such as heat pumps for space conditioning and water heating, and commercial technologies — improving productivity, throughput, and quality for customers? How will these technologies continue to evolve and what are the gaps left to explore?

Moderator: Ronald Domitrovic, Program Manager, Customer Technologies, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • Donald L. Brandt, HVAC Design Instructor, ASHRAE Learning Institute
  • Erika Gupta, Sensor and Controls Technology Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Madhav Kashinath, Director of VRV Product Marketing, Daikin North America
  • Peter Swan, Engineering Manager, Asia-Pacific, Smardt, Inc.
  • Drew Turner, Global Director, Market Research and Business Development, Danfoss Group
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Electric Fiesta featuring the Technology Innovation Showcase
Location: Assembly Hall at La Villita

October 3


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Location: Regency Center/East
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakout Sessions

The Customer Experience

Session 4: Marketing Electricity in the Modern Era

What innovative new products and services, such as consumer products, insight services, or complementary rate structures, can bring value to customers while helping to achieve electrification and decarbonization goals? What marketing and education strategies are providing regional electricity retailers with the tools they need to convey this value? A group of panelists will discuss best practices and lessons learned.

Moderator: Jen Robinson, Senior Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • Seth Kiner, Managing Director, Charlotte St. Advisors, LLC
  • Ryan Dougherty, Chief Operating Officer, Geothermal Exchange Organization
  • Lyris Leos, Director of Marketing, Reliant Energy

Innovative Technologies

Session 4: Incubating Energy

How are startups changing the electricity landscape and what are they learning about today’s markets?

Moderator: Erik Steeb, Director of EPRI’s IncubatEnergy Network

  • Vivian Bouet, Chief Information Officer, CPS Energy
  • Kimberly Britton, Chief Executive Officer, EPIcenter
  • Richard Medina, Vice President of Grid Transformation and Engineering, CPS Energy
  • Jason Pittman, President, Go Smart Solar
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break in Foyer with Sponsors
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Closing Plenary – Where Electrification and the Customer Meet: Utility Execs Discuss Regional Sweet Spots
Moderator: Kimberly Britton, President and Chief Executive Officer, EPIcenter
  • Paula Gold-Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, CPS Energy
  • Jackie Sargent, General Manager, Austin Energy
  • Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, New Braunfels Utilities
  • Clint Vince, Chair, U.S. Energy Practice, and Co-Chair, Global Energy Sector, Denton’s

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