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EPE to Attend AWEA WindPower Conference 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 - Thursday, May 21, 2015
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) will attend the AWEA WindPower Conference 2015 in Orlando from Monday, May 18, 2015 to Thursday, May 21, 2015. AWEA WindPower 2013

 

Please join us at booth #5115 and discuss your future projects with our experts:
- Hugo Mena - EPE's COO and ERCOT’s Vice-Chair of the Emerging Technologies Working Group (ETWG)
- Billy Yancey - EPE's Project Design Engineer and PhD candidate who specializes in renewable system design and power flow and transient modeling studies

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

EPE President Speaking at the Energy Sector Women's Leadership Forum in Amman, Jordan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Our President Hala N. Ballouz will participate in the Energy Sector Women's Leadership Forum that will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman, Jordan under the Patronage of Her Highness, Princess Nour Bint Assim on May 20, 2015.

As a leader in the sector, Hala N. Ballouz will be participating in the second panel session, The Road Less Travelled: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from Women in the Industry.

The goal of this forum is to promote the advancement and professional growth of women in Jordan's energy sector.

 

EPE President Speaking at the Renewable Energy Roundup & Sustainable Living Expo 2014 in Belton, Texas

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Our President Hala N. Ballouz will participate in the Renewable Energy Roundup & Sustainable Living Expo 2014 that will be held at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas on September 27, 2014.

As a leader in the sector, Hala N. Ballouz will be speaking in the panel session titled The Future of Renewable Energy in Texas' Energy Market at 2:15 – 3:15 pm along with Brad Jones (ERCOT) and Colin Meehan (First Solar).

The goal of this Expo is to:
• Invest personally and as a society in cleaner renewable energy resources
• Prepare for a greater degree of self reliance
• Secure reliable water supply
• Create a higher level of lifestyle security
• Provide an improved quality of life
• Build a healthier more comfortable and affordable living environment
• Learn how to eat healthier and more sustainably
• Develop a hedge against energy cost volatility
• Conserve valuable finite resources
• Save money both today and in the long haul

 

EPE Attended AWEA WINDPOWER Conference 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 -Thursday, May 8, 2014
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) enjoyed connecting with our old colleagues and clients and meeting new ones at the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference 2014 that took place in Las Vegas from Monday, May 5, 2014 to Thursday, May 8, 2014.

 

EPE President Speaking at TransForum TX 2014 Conference

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

TransForum TX will take place at the Convention Center in San Antonio. Our President will be presenting in a panel on Preparing for the unexpected: Transmission Planning in ERCOT on January 29th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm addressing key points in transmission integration of resources and how the generation developer’s approach is impacted.

This Energy Hub forum focuses on Texas transmission and brings an unparalleled gathering of key industry decision makers for two days of interaction and collaboration on the business of electric power transmission. The forum will provide the audience insight from case studies of successful business models, regional planning strategies, financing trends, and practical lessons learned from transmission builds and upgrades occurring in the southern United States specific to the ERCOT interconnection. For more information on the conference, please visit the website.

 

EPE President Speaking at UTCLE 2014 Renewable Energy Conference

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

This special UT Law Continuing Legal Education event will take place at the AT&T Conference center in Austin. Our President will provide a podium presentation on January 28th, 3:00-3:30 pm addressing Interconnection Issues that are shaping the future of generation integration into the transmission and distribution grid. The presentation provides an overview of recent changes in procedural and technical requirement and how these have become more demanding. Changes as such may be nourishing new practical considerations such as fast-track options for smaller projects, with interesting parallels in ERCOT and CAISO.

At the 2014 Renewable Energy Conference you will join leading attorneys and industry experts in wind, solar and storage for two days of the latest developments affecting renewable energy in Texas and nationwide. The program blends law, economics, technology, finance, tax and regulatory policy, and is aimed at industry participants, legal and financial advisors, and key legislative and regulatory policymakers and staff. For more information on the conference, please visit the website.

 

Hala Ballouz is now president of TREIA

Friday, January 24, 2014
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Our President Hala N. Ballouz has been elected on January 17, 2014 to be President of Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) for the next two years, promising major restructure to host the major hub to all renewable energy sectors and associations. She is supported by Mark Walker, NRG and several other powerful officers and board members. Click here for the full list of TREIA Board of Directors and Staff.

Links to Articles on our President’s new leading role for Renewable Industries
Renewable Energy World: “Hala Ballouz Named President 2014 TREIA Board of Directors”
Austin Business Journal: “People on the Move”

TREIA is a non-profit trade association of companies and individuals engaged in, or considering engagement in, development, marketing, sales, installation, servicing, manufacture, of solar, wind, biomass, geothermal or hydrokinetic energy technologies.

TREIALogo

 

EPE President to Speak at Total Energy USA Conference

Thursday, November 11, 2013
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

EPE President, Hala Ballouz, has been selected to speak at Total Energy USA Conference and Exposition in Houston, Texas. Ms. Ballouz will moderate Parallel Session 4 (Energy): Managing the Intermittency of Renewables on November 20th from 1:15-2:00 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Named one of the top five most important energy events of the year by The Houston Chronicle, the three-day conference provides a balanced form across the fossil, renewable and nuclear interest, reflecting the way real energy decisions are made and new opportunities are discovered. For more information on the Total Energy USA Conference and Exposition, please visit their website.

 

EPE Vice President to Speak on Future of Renewables in Texas

Friday, September 27, 2013
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

EPE Vice President, Kristen Rodriguez, P.E., will be speaking at the Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair in Fredericksburg, TX on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1 pm. Come and join us to listen in about the Future of Renewables in the State of Texas.

 

Dr. Marc Ballouz Recieves ISSMGE Award

Thursday, September 5, 2013
IGM Civil Engineering

On September 3, during the ISSMGE 18th International Conference in Paris, Dr. Marc Ballouz was presented with the ISSMGE Award for Outstanding Public Relations. ISSMGE's president Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud made the presentation of the presitgious award, acknowleding Dr. Ballouz's role as chair of the Public Relations Committee.

 

EPE to Attend HUB Procurement & Connection Seminar

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) will attend the HUB Procurement & Connection Seminar in Austin, TX on August 14, 2013.

 

EPE Vice President Receives Kansas PE License

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

EPE Vice President, Kristen Rodriguez is now a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kansas. Our congratulations!

EPE is now licensed in the following states: Texas, California, Kansas, Nebraska, Maryland, Connecticut, Idaho, Rhode Island

 

EPE Chief Engineer Receives California PE License

May 2013
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

EPE Chief Engineer, Hugo Mena is now a licensed professional engineer in the state of California. Our congratulations!

 

EPE to Attend AWEA WindPower Conference 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013 - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) will attend the AWEA WindPower Conference 2013 in Chicago from Monday, May 6, 2013 to Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Please join us at booth #2650.

AWEA WindPower 2013

Meet the IENet group at our booth on Tuesday, May 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 and enjoy a glass of wine with the alliance executive leaders. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

EPE President Hala Ballouz, to Speak on Technical Aspects of Integrating Renewables onto the Grid

Monday, March 4, 2013 at 2:30PM CST
Hala Ballouz P.E., the President of Electric Power Engineers

Electric Power Engineering, Inc. (EPE) is excited to participate in Texas Energy Indepence Week 2013, a three-day conference in Austin, Texas focusing on statewide renewable energy.

EPE President, Hala Ballouz will speak Monday, March 4 at 2:30PM CST on the Technical Aspects of Integrating Renewables onto the Grid. More information can be found at: treia.memberclicks.net

 

Webinar on Electric Grid Interconnection Basics for Utility Scale PV Projects

February 7, 2013 at 6CT
Hugo Mena P.E., Chief engineer at Electric Power Engineers

Hugo Mena P.E., Chief engineer at Electric Power Engineers is conducting a webinar on Electric Grid Interconnection Basics for Utility Scale PV Projects on February 7, 2013 at 6CT. This webinar will cover the basics of integrating utility scale PV projects into the electric grid. The webinar will present the interconnection process within various Independent System Operators in the United States and some of the interconnection challenges PV projects may encounter during the process. Please join us: www.solpowerpeople.com/schedule/solarmooc-webinar-schedule

 

Presentation at the 2013 University of Texas Renewable Energy Institute in Austin

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:15PM
Hala Ballouz P.E., the President of Electric Power Engineers

Hala Ballouz P.E., the President of Electric Power Engineers is presenting at the 2013 University of Texas Renewable Energy Institute in Austin on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:15PM.

Ms. Ballouz is discussing the Update on ERCOT Interconnection Rules. The topic covers the recent ERCOT protocol changes including the very thorough Resource Asset Registration Form has highlighted the importance of understanding and meeting the more rigorous grid and design requirements to comply with all reactive, voltage, primary frequency response as well as other existing requirements. The presentation includes a pragmatic look at the main grid protocols and design criteria that every developer must be aware of, as well as examples of real project design flaws and how those were mitigated. Please join us. For more information: www.utcle.org

 

IBM and Electric Power Engineers are working together on the development of a new generation of Online Intelligent Software for the Design Automation and Optimization of Electric Distribution Systems.

October 29, 2012

The driving goal is to create a cloud-based software suite featuring tools that will automatically explore design options and give users optimum choices in both the planning and operation of their electric distribution system.

Please join us on November 1st for our introductory Intelligent Distribution Optimization Software Workshop hosted at IBM headquarters in Austin.  RSVP to Henriette Boom at hboom@epeconsulting.com

Thursday November 1st
1:00PM Arrive at IBM, sign in at the receptionist and get a badge
1:15PM Introduction (EPE)
1:30PM Technical Overview (IBM)
1:45PM Demo Presentation (IBM)
2:00PM Live Demo (To participate, please bring one laptop equipped with an ethernet port and running an up-to-date web browser).
3:00PM Round table discussion / Q&A
4:00PM Refreshments and Adjourn

View workshop details.

View our brochure.

 

EPE president, Hala Ballouz, presenting at ERCOT’s Photovoltaic and Storage Workshop.

Presentation: A Photovoltaic Integrators Perspective – Photovoltaic and Storage Workshop
Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Time: 1:45 PM

 

EPE Chief Engineer, Hugo Mena and WKN Project Manager, Chris Copeland at AWEA's WINDPOWER 2012. (Left to Right)

 

EPE's Chief Engineer, Hugo Mena, has received his Professional Engineering license in the state of Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Rodriguez, EPE’s Vice President, now has her Professional Engineering license in the states of Maryland and Nebraska.

 

We are excited to attend AWEA's Windpower 2012 June 3rd -6th in Atlanta, GA. Be sure to visit us at booth 9064.

We will be pleased to meet with you and provide you with an overview of Electric Power Engineers' services, which are tailored around assisting renewable energy developers with all cornerstone technical aspects of their project development.

Don't miss our Technical and Poster Presentations:

Primary Frequency Response Requirments for Wind Generators: What are the Technical Challenges?
Presented by Hugo Mena, P.E.
June 4, 2012, 1:30 - 3 PM. / Georgia World Congress Center, Room 8309

Energy Storage Cost Benefits in LMP Studies in Remote Wind Abundant Areas
Authored by Hala Ballouz, M.Sc., P.E. and Sani Fakhouri, M.Sc.
June 5, 2012, 4:30 - 6 PM. / Main Exhibit Floor

LMP Nodal Analysis For Optimal Grid Placement of Intermittent Renewable Resource Projects
Authored by Hala Ballouz, M.Sc., P.E. and Virat Kapur, Ph.D.
June 5, 2012, 4:30 - 6 PM. / Main Exhibit Floor

 

EPE’s President Hala N. Ballouz, P.E. has been elected Vice President of
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Board of Directors

TREIA
The Texas Renewable Energy
Industries Association

www.treia.org
 

With planning of Solar Power International 2012 (SPI) in full swing, Electric Power Engineers (EPE) President, Hala Ballouz has been recruited to serve on the SPI review committee.

Pulling from her international experience and involvement in the renewable energy community, Hala Ballouz evaluated 20-25 proposals, assisting in the development of conference sessions by rating speaker submissions.

 

EPE Presenting Engineering the Cherry Valley Solar Farm
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Electric Power Engineers CEO Hala Ballouz:
A Leading Voice on Utility-Scale Solar Integration

Providing Tools to Build a Green Energy Future at Solar Power International

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE), a leading global consultant of power-delivery design solutions for transmission & distribution systems, planning and engineering project management for generation developers, announces that President and CEO Hala Ballouz will be speaking and moderating two sessions at Solar Power International, the largest solar conference in North America. On Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ballouz leads a panel on “Utility-Scale Solar - Pioneering Texas Projects and Negotiating the Trail Ahead.” On Wednesday, October 19th, at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballouz speaks on the “Economics of Designing and Integrating Solar Projects into the Grid.”

“Economics of Designing and Integrating Solar Projects into the Grid.”

Solar Power International (SPI) is North America's largest, most comprehensive solar power trade show and conference. This annual, business-to-business event was the first of its kind in North America and grows bigger and better every year and is truly a global event. Solar Power International 2011 takes place at the Dallas Convention Center October 17-20.

“Across the nation the evolution of the transmission nodal market triggers optimizing the design and location of generation sources to more reliably and economically meet the end-user power demand needs. Solar generation resources enjoy the flexibility of sizing and locating generators near load which promises a more distributed generation market,” said Ballouz.

Ballouz is also Vice President and Board member of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). TREIA is a partnering organization with SPI. On November 6, 2011 Ballouz is leading a pre-conference workshop at TREIA’s upcoming Texas Renewables 2011 Conference in Corpus Christi (November 6 – 9). This is the second of a series of annual workshops that join experts and electric energy engineers in Grid Integration, Development, and Implementation of solar generation and utility-scale solar. The Workshop will set the Platform for a series of technical studies to evaluate key project technical performance vital to the integration of solar generation for the electric utility as well as commercial developer. The workshop panel of speakers includes: ERCOT, American Superconductor, Sun Edison, & Solar Power Technologies.

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. has over 40 years of experience providing global custom design solutions for power delivery; planning, management and operation of transmission and distribution grids. EPE has extensive experience in guiding generation developers through the process of transmission grid interconnection, evaluation of energy deliverability, congestion and curtailment analysis, feasibility studies; EPE’s expertise include coordinating design/engineering/procurement of renewable generation facilities all the way to commissioning. With offices in the United States, Middle East, Europe and China, EPE has coordinated projects in over 28 states and in 7 countries.

(Download the document in PDF format by clicking here.)

 

 

Texas Renewable Energy
Industries Association (TREIA)

Texas Renewables 2011

American Bank Center
aka Corpus Christi Convention Center
Corpus Christi, Texas
November 6 - 8, 2011

www.treia.org

 

Join Experts in Grid Integration, Development, and Implementation of solar generation, in the second annual workshop of its kind!

Leader & Presenter: Hala N. Ballouz, Conference Co-Chair, Electric Power Engineers

The Workshop will set the platform for a series of technical studies to evaluate key project technical performance vital to the integration of solar generation for the utility as well as commercial developer. Sunday, November 6 from 12:30 - 5:30 pm;

Corpus Christi, Texas - AmericanBank Center. More Info Here.

Our President also invites you to attend the following presentations on November 7

10:30 AM to Noon
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) "Nodal - How's it going?"
Session Chair: Kevin Gresham, Conf. Co-Chair, VP, Regulator Affairs & Transmission, E.On Climate & Renewables, Austin
Hala N, Ballouz, Electric Power Engineers, Austin
John Dummas, ERCOT, Taylor

3:30 to 5:00 pm
Utility Scale Solar - "The Business Model"
Session Chair: Hala N. Ballouz, Electric Power Engineers, Austin
CPS John Kosub, Program Manager of Energy Strategy Planning "CPS Plans for Renewable Energy Procurement and Business Model"
V-Bar LLC Greg Poulos, Director "A Brief on Pre- and Post-Construction Solar Energy Forecasting: Methods, Measurements and Uncertainties"
SunEdison John Litchenberger, Director of Utility Sales "Status of ongoing projects in Texas, and Future outlook"
Amonix Carla Pihowich, VP of Marketing and Regulatory "Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Power Solutions in the Southwest"

Check out the rich conference agenda and our dynamic speakers list

Register for the Conference

Book Your Room - Host Hotel - Omni Bayfront

Want to be more involved? Volunteer Here

 

 

MOROCCO, USTDA Renewable Energy Mission: Our President Hala N. Ballouz, P.E. completed a visit to Morocco meeting with high officials in the Ministry of Energy, Office of National Electricity, American Moroccan Chamber of Commerce, Agency for Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, and other key officials in Morocco. The visit is part of a US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) definition mission to identify key projects for renewable energy development in Morocco.

 

AUSTIN, Texas news release
*** (BUSINESS WIRE) ***
***Also on KLBJ – 590 AM***

Electric Power Engineers of Austin is among more than 50 Texas business and government leaders speaking at Texas Renewables 2010, Texas' premier business-to-business meeting for anyone in or wanting to be in the Texas renewable energy industry.

Texas Renewable Energy Businesses
Ready today to meet Texas energy needs of tomorrow

Austin, TX, – Electric Power Engineers of Austin is one of many US companies whose representatives traveled to Los Angeles for the largest solar power event in North America. Solar Power International, SPI, the largest business-to-business solar energy conference in North America, has since inception in 2004 grown from 1,100 to over 24,000 attendees! Speaking about SPI, Hala N. Ballouz, president and CEO, Electric Power Engineers Inc. recognized the exponential growth in solar generation among renewable generation developers in the last few months. “Our business is doing nearly as many studies and designs for solar as for wind projects. Participating in the SPI conference in LA this week certainly emphasized how this industry has exploded. The solar industry is ready, the developers are at work and the electric grid is looking to embrace it. To capture this wave and release its energy, we should work together to ensure our legislature passes standards and incentives that are specific to solar generation.”

Ballouz is among over 50 Texas business and government leaders speaking at Texas Renewables 2010 www.texasrenewables.org, Texas' premier business-to-business meeting for anyone in or wanting to be in the Texas renewable energy industry. The conference takes place November 7-10 in San Antonio and is hosted by CPS Energy. The conference provides a venue for forming valuable B2B alliances and hearing speakers that keep industry sectors informed on the latest business developments, regulations, federal and state grants and other business opportunities. The conference starts Nov. 7th with the Texas International Business Connections Forum and continues with:

· Welcome by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

· Introduction keynote: Texas House Speaker, Joseph Straus (invited)

· Keynote Luncheon speaker PUC Chairman Barry Smitherman.

· Brian Lloyd, deputy director, budget, planning & policy, Office of Governor the State of Texas

· Dan Woodfin, director of system planning, ERCOT

· Dub Taylor director, SECO

· Jess Totten, director of policy, PUC

· Doug Ridge, manager, Texas Industry Cluster Initiative, Office of Governor the Texas

· Dwain Rogers, deputy commissioner renewable energy, Texas General Land Office

· Larry Jones, manager, Electric Transmission Texas


While at SPI Russel Smith, executive director, TREIA noted, “Since the last legislative session, Texas has moved from a tiny blip on the radar screen of the worldwide solar industry’s view of business development potential to a flashing signal that can’t be ignored. I’ve over heard comments in the halls that if the Texas Legislature passes a solar incentive program, a significant non-wind portfolio standard, or both, we could see Texas move quickly into the top tier of states for solar activity.

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) www.treia.org, is the oldest renewable energy non-profit trade organization in Texas whose work promoting development of renewable resources and their wise use has spanned a quarter of a century.

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October 4, 2009 : Electric Reliability Council of Texas
“Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic Integration”,
Presented by: Hala N. Ballouz, P.E.
Download Presentation by clicking here

 

June 17, 2009 : Omaha, Nebraska
“Emerging Infrastructure for the Plains” 
Presented by: Kristen Rodriguez, P.E.
Download Presentation by clicking here

 

April 09, 2009 : Transmission Summit, Sweetwater Texas
“Transmission Deliverability for Wind Developers: What’s Next”
Presented by: Hala N. Ballouz, P.E.
Download Presentation by clicking here

 

ReCharge Magazine - Issue Date February 4, 2009
Featured an article on the “Biggest Thing in Texas Since Oil”


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