Power Matters 2018: Agenda

Agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday Evening, October 3

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Optional Corporate-Sponsored Meet & Greet at the Courtyard Marriott

Thursday, October 4

7:00 am – 8:00 am:  Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome and AWE Overview Becky Motal, President, Association of Women in Energy

8:15 am – 9:15 am: Panel: Power Career Paths – “Dynamic Choices”

Moderator:  Becky Motal, AWE President

9:15 am – 9:30 am: Networking Break

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Status of the Electric Markets – A Utility Perspective

  • John Di Stasio, President, Large Public Power Council
  • Elaina Ball, SVP & CAO, El Paso Electric

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Networking Break

10:15 am – 11:00 am: Panel: Power Plant Decommissioning and Shuttered Plants

Moderator: Trisha Elizondo, COO, Energy Renewal Partners

  • Tom McKittrick, Forsite Development
  • Speaker TBD,  Consumer Energy

11:00 am – 11:45 am: Panel: Cyber and Physical Threats to the Grid

Moderator: Hala Ballouz, EPE Consulting

  • John Miri, Sr. VP, LCRA
  • Lawanda Parnell, CIO, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
  • Ann Delenela, VP & CISO, Ameren11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Networking Break

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch / Keynote Speaker – “A Regulatory Perspective of the Electric Grid”

  • DeAnn Walker, Chair, Texas Public Utility Commission

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Panel: Grid Reliability/Resiliency – “Rules of the Road”

  • Colette Honorable, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, Former FERC Commissioner
  • Elin Katz, President, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Panel: Electric Grids / ISO Challenges Today

Moderator: Aundrea Williams, President, Lone Star Transmission

  • Cheryl Mele, COO of ERCOT
  • Phyllis Bernard, SPP Board
  • Stacy Dochoda, President & CEO, FRCC
  • Tammy Cooper, General Counsel, Texas Reliability Entity

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: Panel: Consumer Perspectives on Grid Modernization

Moderator: Sheri Givens

  • Brian Stevens, Texas Military Department
  • Katie Coleman, Partner, Thompson & Knight

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Networking Break

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Panel: Resiliency Matters – Response to Severe Weather Impacts to Grid
Discussion of Austin Energy’s SHINE project (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Solar and Energy Storage)

Moderator: Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy

  • Thomas McAndrew, President & CEO, Enchanted Rock Electric Ltd.
  • Dan Smith, Sr. Vice-President, Austin Energy
  • Lisa Martin, Austin Energy

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Closing Remarks