The annual Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA) conference is on October 23 and 24 in Georgetown, Texas. It is called GridNEXT.
TREIA is a nonprofit organization working to promote and advance the renewable energy industry in Texas. It is a network of project developers, corporations, financial institutions, end users, utilities, manufacturers, service providers, academia, and government leaders working to scale renewable energy, grow the local economy, and create jobs. Its industry stakeholders are involved in solar, wind, biomass, biofuel, energy efficiency, geothermal, hydro, ocean, and energy storage.
The GridNEXT conference is TREIA’s power industry conference focused specifically on how renewable energy technologies are transforming the electric grid of the future. The keynote speaker will be Former Vice President Al Gore.
Our guest on Shades of Green this week were:
Melissa Miller, President of the TREIA Board. She is also the Project Development Manager at EDF Renewable Energy, and has experience developing Texas renewables since 2002. At EDF, Melissa’s primary focus is in the development of large-scale wind and solar in Texas.
Vijay Betanabhatla, Senior Consultant, Energy and Utilities Group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He will be giving a pre-conference workshop called “GridNEXT 1.0 Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance”
Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer at CPS Energy in San Antonio, a municipal utility with aggressive renewable and energy efficiency goals. He will be a featured speaker talking about “The Present & Future State of Utilities”
Joshua Long, Professor of Environmental Studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Southwestern will be receiving an award from TREIA for their innovative sustainability plan that includes the campus receiving 100 % of its energy from renewable energy sources.
Bert Haskell, Chief Technology Officer at Pecan Street, a project which is focused on advancing university research and accelerating innovation in water and energy. They provide utilities, technology companies and university researchers access to the world’s best data on consumer energy and water consumption behavior, testing and verification of technology solutions, and commercialization services to help them bring their innovations to market faster. They also help prepare technically focused students for careers with industry, and help them conduct research that will change the world.