Austin, Texas – July 14, 2015

Group NIRE, a public-private partnership formed by Texas Tech University, is hosting its first Energy Resource Management Conference on September 29-30, 2015 featuring a wide array of the “top thinkers, decision-makers, and game changers to discuss the state of the grid and its future.” 

This public-private partnership was created by the Texas Tech University system, one of the leading wind research programs in the country, in order to mingle research and commercialization. Group NIRE is led by CEO Mark Harral who also serves on Power Across Texas’ Research Advisory Council (RAC).  Based on its mission, “to offer intelligent solutions based on innovation, reliability and customized services,” Group NIRE works to provide real-world solutions and advance the energy industry with a focus on wind and solar technologies.

Early bird registration ends August 1st so don’t delay!  Forbes contributors Peter Kelly-Detwiler and Roger Kay will be the official moderators for the event and below is a sample listing of the key speakers presenting at the conference:

  • Marty Edwards, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, Director
  • Dr. Davion Hill, Group Leader and Principal Engineer for Energy & Materials at DNV GL, President of NAATBatt International
  • Jeffrey Wehner, Duke Energy Corporation, Vice President of Operations, Renewables
  • Amir Husain, SparkCognition, Founder & CEO
  • Victor M. Abelairas, Wind River, Senior Director, Business Development
  • Marita Mirzatuny, Environments Defense Fund, Clean Energy Project Manager
  • Jim Brenton, Principal and Regional Security Coordinator, ERCOT
  • Erica He, Sumitomo Electric Industries, VP, Strategic Business Development
  • Alex Pratt, Auto Grid Systems, Director of Strategic Accounts
  • Usha Viswanathan, Starnik Systems, Founder & President
  • Jonathan Pollet, Red Tiger Security, Founder & Executive Director
  • David Mintzer, ViZn Energy Systems, VP, Business Development
  • Lenae Shirley, Environmental Defense Fund, Senior Director, Technology Innovation and Market Adoption
  • Joel Mickey, ERCOT, Director of Market Design and Development
  • Bob Leigh, LocalGrid, CEO
  • Bill Blevins, ERCOT, Manager of Operations Planning
  • Dr. W. Mack Grady, Baylor University, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Bill McManus, CPS Energy, Senior Director of Integrated Security
  • John W. Gajda, Duke Energy, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Resources
  • Juan Torres, Sandia National Laboratories, Senior Manager
  • Paul Sweat, National Instruments, Senior Program Manager

Upcoming PAT Events

  • September 18th -  Policy Forum featuring Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush
  • October 7 - Policy Forum luncheon with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
  • November 3rd - Policy Forum luncheon featuring Jorge Bermudez, Federal Reserve Bank and ERCOT Board
  • December 10th - PAT Member End-of-Year Reception

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