Monthly Archives: July 2017

Moderating Panel at CARILEC Roadmap to Renewable Integration

Our Renewable Integration Journey in the Caribbean Continues. Join Us!

The Caribbean Electric Utility Servies Corporation (CARILEC) Engineers Conference is the preeminent engineering conference for the utility industry in the Caribbean and Latin America.

EPE’s  itinerary includes moderating a panel on Staging The Roadmap To Renewable Energy Integration on Wednesday, July 26th.

The following day, EPE’s Vice President Billy Yancey III will be leading the Renewable Integration and Forecasting in Island Networks Workshop and our CEO Hala Ballouz will be leading the Caribbean Smart Grid Working Group meeting.

If you are in attendance, we encourage you to visit with us! We’d love to hold separate discussions and hear your opinions on the aforementioned topics.





In Attendance:


Alfa Laval Inc

American VULKAN Corporation

Anguilla Electricity Company

Antigua Public Utilities Authority

Barbados Light and Power Company

Belize Electricity Ltd

Bermuda Electric Light Company

Burns & McDonnell

CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC)

Caribbean Utilities Company

Cox Industries

Daihatsu Diesel (America), Inc.

Dominica Electricity Services Ltd

Eagle LNG Partners

Electric Supply Inc

Grenada Electricity Services Company


Hubbell Power Systems

Iris Power – Qualitrol


Jamaica Energy Partners

Jamaica Public Services Company Ltd.


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Dr. Susan Pope of FTI Consulting: Insights on Maintaining a Competitive Edge in ERCOT

The GCPA Luncheon at LCRA Environmental Research Laboratory, in Austin, Texas was a success.

The guest speaker, Dr. Susan Pope, shared her outlook on the idea that adjustments are needed to ensure market stability due to a large influx of renewable energy with artificially low pricing, combined with an aging fleet of thermal generation.

Dr. Susan Pope discussing marginal transmission losses


Dr. Pope has earned her undergraduate and Ph.D. from Harvard Business School. She has been specializing in the economic and public policy analysis of energy markets, advising clients on design, improvement, and performance of bid-based electricity spot markets, capacity, markets, and ancillary service markets for over 20 years. Today she is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting – a global multi-disciplinary business advisory firm.


If you were unable to make it but you are a member of Gulf Coast Power Association, then keep in mind that you can download the presentation. If you’re not a member, we highly recommend you join and meet us at the next event!

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Texas Will Survive Luminant’s Closing of 2 Coal Plants

• 1,860 MW Monticello, • 1,195 MW Big Brown, Luminant -Retirement Plan


“A new study says the Texas electric grid would still be reliable if two of the state’s coal plants shut down in the coming years.

The study comes from a progressive advocacy group that calls some coal plants “old, inefficient and dirty.” Consulting firm Electric Power Engineers performed the study for the group Public Citizen. It looked at what would happen if Dallas company Luminant closed its Big Brown and Monticello plants by the year 2021.” – Travis Bubenik  (Source: Houston Public Media)

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Thought Leadership at TREIA GridNEXT

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. Hugo Mena discusses the benefits of Energy Storage

“Once you add solar to storage, then you essentially have a microgrid that can sustain an hour or so of outages,” said Hugo Mena, Electric Power Engineers’ vice president of business development. “EPE has seen this coming for a couple of years because of the integration of storage, whether to a solar plant or a wind farm or storage as a transmission asset, is positive for the grid. The question now is, when is it going to be economically feasible for developers or utilities to implement this technology in their systems? We’ve seen at the municipal level that it’s become economically feasible, but some [investor-owned utilities] are also installing storage for microgrid purposes.”  (Source: RTO Insider)


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