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GRIDNEXT 2017 Al Gore, Industry and Thought Leaders Address Grid

Al Gore, Industry Thought Leaders Address Grid Future & Resilience

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA)’s announced the final lineup for its 3rd Annual GridNEXT conference today, with a focus on moving to a carbon-free and more resilient grid for Texas. The event will be held October 23 & 24 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in the 100% renewable energy city of Georgetown, Texas. Former Vice President Al Gore will be the special keynote speaker on the opening day of GridNEXT. See below for some of the other energy grid heavy-hitters who will address the conference. Check here for details:


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Some Highlights Include:

  • Cleantech Open Pitch Competition: Some of the brightest entrepreneurs in Texas give their best shot in pitching a panel of judges with new ideas for clean energy solutions.
  • The Present and Future State of Utilities: by CPS Energy
  • Fireside Chat with Gavin Bade, Editor, Utility Dive and Jan Vrins, Global Energy Practice Leader, Navigant, on Decarbonization and Power Sector Resilience.
  • Cities in the Drivers’ Seat – Leading Transformation to a Cleaner Grid: Texas City Leaders discuss ways their cities are keeping their commitments to enact green energy policies.
  • A free screening of Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel will be co-hosted by GridNEXT and Southwestern University on Sunday, October 22nd as part of the pre-conference offerings. The film features Gore’s recent visit to Georgetown, to talk with city leaders about their success after converting to 100% renewable energy. Watch a clip here.


Exhibiting and Presenting on Integration of Energy Storage at SPI

This September, 11th through 13th, Electric Power Engineers, Inc. will be exhibiting and presenting at SPI on Integration of Energy Storage.

Stop by our booth #2072!

Are you going to Solar Power International in Las Vegas?

If so, let’s meet up. Our booth number is 2072. It’s a great opportunity to discuss your renewable development goals with any of our team members provided below.

Alternatively, one of our Vice Presidents, Billy Yancey III will be presenting on the following topic: Location Dependent Implications of Integrating Energy Storage Into a Distribution System during the Technical Symposium: Solar, Storage, and Grid Integration on Tuesday, September 12th from 2:30-3:50 PM. A great opportunity to gain insights and network with our team and other progressive attendees.



Members of Electric Power Engineers, Inc. in attendance:

Hugo E. Mena, P.E. – Vice President of Business Development

Billy Yancey III – Vice President of Product Development

Vivek Ramachandran – Senior Power Systems Engineer

Vlad Hilliard – Business Development Executive


Who are Electric Power Engineers?

Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) is a full-service power engineering firm. EPE provides a wide range of services to generation owners & developers, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and various government entities, both in the United States and internationally. Our success is defined by our clients who are retained by our ability to deliver continuous excellence. At Electric Power Engineers, Inc., we take pride in the meticulousness of our processes, yet our approach is quite simple, we treat each project as our own.

As a result of our client-centric approach, we have integrated well over 25,000MW into the power grid and represent nearly 300 clients while conducting over 200 yearly system studies!


What is Solar Power International?

Solar Power International (SPI) generates success for solar energy professionals and the global solar industry. SPI sets the standard for solar events as the fastest growing and largest solar show in North America.

Quick Facts:

  • SPI is North America’s premier business-to-business event for professionals in solar energy and related fields.
  • More than 18,000 solar energy industry professionals from 80+ countries attend.
  • More than 600 leading manufacturers, service providers, and vendors on the expo floor.
  • Four days of power-packed ROI that will help you grow, learn, connect, and compete.


We look forward to seeing you at Solar Power International this year at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, September 11th – 13th.

Booth #2072

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!

-Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Engineering Power Everywhere



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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