Clean Energy Venture Summit 2009 'Power Panel' Packs a Punch

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The organizers of the Clean Energy Venture Summit 2009: Bringing the Smart Grid to Life announced today the participants of the utility luncheon keynote "Power Panel" featuring: Cris Eugster, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of CPS; Mark Rose, General Manager and CEO of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative; Don Cortez, Division Vice President of Regulated Operations Technology of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., Carl Richie; Vice President, Government Affairs of TXU Energy; John Baker, Chief Strategy Officer of Austin Energy and Steve Hauser; Vice President, Grid Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The panel will convene from noon until two on October 15th at the AT&T Executive Conference Center in Austin Texas.

The organizers of the Clean Energy Venture Summit 2009: Bringing the Smart Grid to Life announced today the participants of the utility luncheon keynote "Power Panel" featuring: Cris Eugster, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of CPS; Mark Rose, General Manager and CEO of Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative; Don Cortez, Division Vice President of Regulated Operations Technology of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., Carl Richie; Vice President, Government Affairs of TXU Energy; John Baker, Chief Strategy Officer of Austin Energy and Steve Hauser; Vice President, Grid Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The panel will convene from noon until two on October 15th at the AT&T Executive Conference Center in Austin Texas.

The panel will discuss the changing dynamics of their businesses and the new opportunities in energy banking, energy back-up provisions, and electrified services and the transition of smart grids together with smart meters, smart appliances and smart consumers. Attendees of the conference will learn of new markets, business models and approaches to energy created alongside and hopefully enabling innovation; job creation; and a more robust, resilient, and high-quality electricity system. "It's rare to get this much utility and smart grid expertise and talent in one room," said Marianne Carroll of Brown McCarroll, LLP and panel moderator. "But they have gathered at CEVS2009 to share their perspectives on the pitfalls, potential downsides, and opportunities associated with the transition from the old grid to the new smart grid."

Hosted by Austin Energy and the Austin Technology Incubator's: Clean Energy Incubator, the third annual Clean Energy Venture Summit; "Bringing the Smart Grid to Life" , on October 14 -15, 2009 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas, provides clean energy technology companies and entrepreneurs a venue for presenting their innovations to venture capitalists, angel investors and strategic investors that currently invest in clean energy, along with experts from Austin Energy, corporate partners, utility executives and government leaders. This year's theme directly relates to efforts from the Pecan Street Project. The Pecan Street Project (PSP) is Austin's city-wide clean energy laboratory, the largest in the nation, and the only place where researchers and entrepreneurs can come to develop, test and implement the smart grid.

The Summit is a place where clean energy innovations targeting the key PSP focus areas will connect with investors and prospective customers. Start-up and growth stage companies through Series B funding enter the business venture competition for a unique opportunity to present their technology innovation, business plan and environmental impact to a distinguished panel of PSP corporate partners, private investors, media, and industry experts.

About the Austin Technology Incubator Clean Energy Incubator:
The ATI Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) provides young clean energy companies with the resources they need to succeed and grow into self-sustaining entities that contribute jobs to Austin and intellectual capital to the world. Located in Austin, Texas, CEI provides the resources and facilities necessary for start-up companies to attract funding, aggressively compete in the free market and turn ideas into reality. http://www.ati.utexas.edu

About the Pecan Street Project
The Pecan Street Project (PSP) intends to establish the City of Austin as America's clean energy laboratory. The overarching mission is to design and implement an energy generation and management system that generates a power plant's worth of power from clean sources within the city limits and delivers it over an advanced delivery system that allows for unprecedented customer energy management and conservation. http://www.pecanstreetproject.org.

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