I saw on Austin 360 a post about this event. The cost to attend is $10-25 but it looks like a good panel:
Join CleanTX for a panel discussion between experts and leaders in Texas’ electric industry to address the realities of our evolving electric market, specifically regarding the decline of coal and the increased use of natural gas and renewable energy technologies. The context for the conversation is the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT) Long Term System Assessment.
In January 2013, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT) released their Long Term System Assessment, a biennial report submitted to the Texas Legislature on “the need for increased transmission and generation capacity throughout the state of Texas.” ERCOT found that if you use updated wind and solar power characteristics to reflect changes in the technology over the past several years, wind and solar are more competitive than natural gas over the next 20 years.
As state leaders look for ways to encourage new capacity in the midst of a drought, it’s important to consider that renewable energy may be competitive over the long term with conventional resources. The fact that renewable energy resources can reduce our water dependency while hedging against higher long-term prices means that however state leaders decide to address the energy crunch, renewables need to be part of the discussion.
The panel discussion will be preceded with a networking event with food and drink provided.
Moderator: Roger Duncan, former General Manager, Austin Energy
Panelists: Trip Doggett, CEO, ERCOT
Eddie Rodriguez, Texas House of Representatives
Colin Meehan, Clean Energy Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund
Shalini Ramanathan, VP of Development, RES-Americas
About the CleanTX Forum
The CleanTX Forum is an educational panel discussion series that brings the clean energy community together to hear about important initiatives, policies and ideas. CleanTX Forums offer a venue for the community to network before hearing from industry and policy leaders on what is setting the agenda for economic and environmental solutions and clean technology innovation.