Harnessing Texas’ Energy Leadership for New Economic Opportunities

May 01 | 2018

1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST

Houston Advanced Research Center •  8801 Gosling Rd, The Woodlands, TX

Event co-hosts: Houston Advanced Research Center and Clean Energy Business Network

View recording here: Panels 1-2; Panels 3-4

View Full Event Program here

The CEBN Power Circuit is a new series of regional events examining the policy and market landscape for clean energy across the United States. Each event includes a dialogue with influential industry, investment, research, and policy leaders, along with an opportunity to showcase the work of local small- and medium-size businesses.

Join the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) and Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) on May 1 in The Woodlands, TX for a complimentary half-day forum, industry showcase, networking reception, and tours of HARC’s state-of-the-art LEED Platinum-certified building. This event will explore:

  • How Texas’ oil and gas legacy is paving the way for new cleantech ventures and innovations in energy efficiency
  • Opportunities and challenges for Texas’ booming renewable energy industry
  • How incubators, universities, and investors are working to make Texas a hub of energy innovation

Current sponsors:

Thanks to the first CEBN Power Circuit Sponsor, CRES Forum! CRES is supporting the CEBN Power Circuit series as part of the countdown to
National Clean Energy Week, Sept. 24-28, 2018.

All CEBN members and guests are welcome to attend—whether you live and work in TX or are interested in exploring new market opportunities.


Draft Agenda:
1:30-2:00 pm: Registration, Industry Showcase, & tours of HARC LEED Platinum building 2:00-2:15 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks from Event Sponsors

  • Lisa Gonzalez, President and CEO, Houston Advanced Research Center
  • Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network
  • James Jackson, Chief Business Development Officer, Thermal Energy Partners and Chairman of the Board, Clean Energy Business Network

2:15-3:00 pm: Texas’ Energy Opportunities & Challenges 

  • Barbara Canales, Commissioner, Port of Corpus Christi
  • David Green, Deputy Director, Coastal Resources, General Lands Office 
  • Moderator: Charles Hernick, Policy Director, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum

3:00-3:45 pm: From Fossil to New Ventures 

  • Jeff Wolfe, Senior Strategy & Execution Consultant to O&G, Cleantech Industry
  • George King, Distinguished Engineering Advisor, Apache Corporation 
  • Chad Bown, Venture Principal, BP Ventures
  • Ray Deyoe, Managing Director, Integral Power 
  • Loy Sneary, President, Gulf Coast Green Energy
  • Moderator: Rich Haut, Senior Research Scientist, Houston Advanced Research Center

3:45-4:00 pm: Break, Industry Showcase 4:00-4:45 pm: Clean Energy Growth Areas: Local Economies, Global Markets

  • Trey Price, Senior Vice President, MP2 Energy 
  • Christopher Moore, CEO, Raven Petroleum
  • Vanessa Tutos, Director, Government Affairs, EDP Renewables 
  • David Tomlinson, Sr. Director Project Development, UniEnergy Technologies
  • Fersheed Mody, Manager, Global Research and Development, Apache Corporation
  • Moderator: James Jackson, Chief Business Development Officer, Thermal Energy Partners

4:45-5:30 pm: What’s Next in Cleantech Innovation 

  • Kimberly Britton, CEO, EPIcenter 
  • Alex Rozenfeld, Founder and Managing Director, Climate Impact Capital 
  • Mark Sanders, Transportation/Mobility and Water Program Manager, Austin Tech Incubator
  • Nisha Desai, Managing Director, Aurora Clean Energy Partners
  • Moderator: Charles Hernick, Policy Director, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum

5:30-7:30 pm: Reception, Industry Showcase, & continued tours of HARC LEED Platinum building