As you might imagine, events in Japan and NRG’s announced scaleback of efforts to increase generation capacity at the South Texas Project nuclear station have had an impact on our planned presentation on Major Generation Options for Austin and the speaker line up. However a discussion of generation options is always timely as new events and new developments change our available options.
We are fortunate to have three speakers who can address most energy topics with authority:
Chris Strand, Energy Efficiency Expert / Founder of Strand Brothers
Heather Otten, VP of Development, Invenergy / President, The Wind Coalition
Dr. Michael Webber, Univ. Of Texas at Austin / Electric Utility Commission / Pecan Street
MODERATOR: Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy
About Our Panelists
Chris Strand founded
in 1978 Strand Brothers, an Austin-based residential and small
commercial HVAC contractor and one of the largest Building Performance
contractors in the nation. Chris Strand was instrumental in the
creation and development of Austin Energy's incentive programs for
energy efficiency and served on the Zero Energy Home Capable task force
and the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure task force. Chris
Strand left Strand Brothers earlier this year to pursue other
Heather Otten has been active in the wind industry for almost eleven years and during that time has helped bring over 1,400 megawatts of wind energy projects online in Texas and New Mexico. Heather currently manages Invenergy’s development portfolio in excess of 3,000 megawatts in ERCOT and SPP. She also directs the company’s participation in statewide policy initiatives and serves as the President for the Wind Coalition (www.windcoalition.org <http://www.windcoalition.org/>).
Michael Webber is Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas. He is on the Board of Advisors of Scientific American and has authored more than 125 articles, columns, and book chapters. He is an active speaker, including testimony for U.S. Senate and the United Nations. Michael holds four patents and is an originator of the Pecan Street Project, a multi-institutional public-private partnership in Austin to create the smart electricity and water utilities of the future.
Please join us for a lively discussion of what the future of energy in TX might look like.
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