Mon. Nov. 11

10 am-5 pm     Onsite Registration & Exhibit Set-Up

3:00-5:00 pm   Solar Energy and Fire Safety Workshop

Presenters – Cathy Redson, President, and Janet Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, SolPower People, Inc., Austin, TX

5:30-7:00 pm   Texas Welcome Reception with our Exhibitors

6:45 pm           TREIA Annual Member Meeting

Tues. Nov. 12

8:00 am           Continental Breakfast with our Exhibitors

8:30 am           WELCOME, OPENING REMARKS, INTRODUCTIONS            

B.J. Stanbery, President, TREIA

Chief Science Officer, HelioVolt Corporation, Austin

                        Les Shephard, Conference Co-chair

Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

                        Michael Burke, Conference Co-chair

                        Chairman and Founder, San Antonio Clean Technology Forum

8:40 am           The Honorable Phil Hardberger,  Former Mayor, City of San Antonio

San Antonio’s Unfolding and Unique Energy and Economic Development Story


Moderator:  Les Shephard, Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA

The Big Picture: Renewables and Fossil Fuels in an “All of the Above” Energy Policy:  A Fit or A Fight?

Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University, Standford, CA

9:30 am           Drilling Down:Opportunities for Collaboration and Mutual Support Among Renewable Energy Technologies and Fossil Fuels

Doug Arent, Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

The Honorable Kip Averitt, Former State Senator, Chairman, Averitt & Associates, and Chairman, Texas Clean Energy Coalition, Austin

David M. Munson, Jr., Founder, FOI Group, LLC, Dallas

10:30 am         Coffee and Tea with our Exhibitors

10:45 am         Discussing the Practical Realities:Guided Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Les Shephard, Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA

Cris EugsterExecutive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Officer, CPS Energy, San Antonio

Jim Gillingham, Corporate Senior VP, Specialty Products, Valero, San Antonio

Brian Janous, Director Energy Strategy, Microsoft, Seattle, WA

Dr. Jurgen Weiss, Principal, The Brattle Group, Cambridge, MA


David M. Veach, Renewable Energy & Energy Storage Application Director, S&C Electric Company, Chicago, IL

12 noon           LUNCHEON:Challenges and Opportunities for Renewable Energy in an ‘All-of-the-Above”

Utility  Portfolio:  A CEO’s Perspective

Doyle N. Beneby, President & Chief Executive Officer, CPS Energy

1:30 pm           Stroll Thru Exhibits


                        Moderator/MCRussel E. Smith, Executive Director, TREIA

The Big Picture: How Renewable Energy Can (RE)Vitalize Rural Communities

Brent Bailey, State Activities Coordinator, 25 X ’25 Alliance, Canton, MS

                        Finding, Understanding, and Exploiting the Niches  

Carlton Schwab, President & CEO, Texas Economic Development Council, Austin 

Rural Renewables - Economic Development Impacts and Opportunities

Kelly Sanders, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Renewable Energy’s Role in Addressing Our Water Woes 

Dub Taylor, Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Austin

SECO Rural Renewable Energy Projects – Progress and Implications

Clay Butler, Managing Partner, The Butler Firm, Austin

The Amended Chapter 313 and Prospects for Utility-Scale Solar and Wind

4:00 pm           Video Presentation

4:15 pm           Keynote Session

Introduction: Carol Tombari, Conference Program Chair

Principal, Carol Tombari Consulting, Trophy Club, TX

Keynote AddressRenewable Energy in an “All-of-the-Above” World

Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

6:00 pm           Fiesta de San Antonio Riverwalk Reception

                        Sponsored by E.ON Climate & Renewables North America

                        Bus to Acenar Restaurant Patio on the Riverwalk

Wed. Nov. 13

8:00 am           Continental Breakfast with our Exhibitors

8:30 am           INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

                        Les Shephard, Conference Co-chair

                        Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA


                        Michael Burke, Conference Co-chair

                        Chairman and Founder, San Antonio Clean Technology Forum


                        The Big Picture:  Partnering with the Renewable Energy Community

Brigadier General Robert D. Labrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio

Opportunities and Challenges in "Greening" Our Military

10:00 am         Coffee and Tea with our Exhibitors

10:30 am         Panel Discussion:Success in the DOD Market

                        Moderator/MC:  Col. Joseph Kopser, U.S. Army, Ret., CEO, RideScout, Austin

Greg Kuhr, Director of Facilities and Logistics, COM HQ G-4, San Antonio

Brian Brown, USAF HAF AFCEC/CIU, Joint Base San Antonio

Robert Shemwell, Partner, Emerald LLC, Managing Director; Overland Partners, San Antonio

Thomas Swoyer, Jr., President, Infinity Development Partners, New Braunfels

12 noon           TREIA AWARDSLUNCHEON

                        MC: Steve Wiese, TREIA Awards Committee Chair and President Emeritus

Founder and Principal, Clean Energy Associates LLC


Moderator/MC:  B.J. Stanbery, President, TREIA, Chief Science Officer, HelioVolt Corporation, Austin                        

Jelynne Burley, Executive V.P. & Chief Delivery Officer, CPS Energy        

The San Antonio Story: Marrying Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Local Job Creation, Affordable Electricity and Economic Development 

Charlene Heydinger, Executive Director, Keeping PACE in Texas

Process & Progress Implementing Texas’ New PACE Law 


Steve Wiese, Founder and Principal, Clean Energy Associates LLC, Co-Chair, Program Design Working Group, “PACE in a Box” Initiative

Renewable Energy Opportunities in PACE

Larry Howe, Plano Solar Advocates, Plano, TX 

Solarize Plano – Educating the Community, Facilitating Installations

John Pappas, P.E., Interim Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute

The Go Wind Project- Texas’ Leg Up in the Offshore Race

3:30 pm           Refreshments with our Exhibitors


Moderator: David Wagman, Executive Editor/Content Director, Power Magazine and Electric Power

Tony Dorazio, CEO, OCI Solar

Patrick Woodson, CEO, Wind Operations, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America

Joel Hart, President, Hydro-Star Energy, LLC

Andrew McCalla, President & Founder, Meridian Solar, Inc.

5:00 pm           CONFERENCE CLOSING REMARKS:  Les Shephard, Mike Burke, B.J. Stanbery

Thur. Nov.14

8:30 am – 12:30 pm    Renewable Energy & Sustainability Facilities Tour (ticketed event, advance registration required)


OCI Alamo Solar 40 MW Facility:

The 41 Mw, Alamo I plant is the first stage of a 400 MW solar PV project delivering clean renewable energy to CPS Energy, the municipal utility for the city of San Antonio. The project will power nearly 70,000 homes and bring more than 800 permanent jobs to the area. Alamo I is located south of San Antonio on 445 acres of privately owned land.

Mission Reach of San Antonio River:

The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project is transforming an eight mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem. This unique project restores riverine features and riparian woodlands, reintroduces native plants, enhances aquatic habitat, and reconnects cultural and historical features.


San Antonio Water Systems’ (SAWS) Dos Rios W.R.C.:         

SAWS is leading the industry with a turnkey facility including water recycling, composting of biosolids, and reclamation of biogas all at one facility. Working in partnership with Ameresco, the captured methane is processed and transferred to a nearby commercial pipeline for sale on the open market. San Antonio is the first city to utilize biogas in this unique renewable energy strategy.