For Utilities

As the premier solar and energy storage event in Texas, RE+ Texas is your hub for innovative companies and thought leaders helping integrate renewable energy projects into utility planning.

Be sure to participate in these utility-focused sessions taking place onsite.

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Welcome and Opening Session: Learning from The Past to Create a More Resilient Texas Grid
April 21 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Resilience and building back better are top of the mind in the Lone Star State after severe weather events tested the grid. Representatives from solar, storage, and renewable energy developers will discuss the key steps forward in building and maintaining a resilient Texas grid.

Case study: The Role of DERs and Grid Edge Technologies in Digital Transformation
April 21 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Customer energy decisions are increasingly impacting grid decisions both in planning and operations. Technologies like PV, EVs and smart thermostats are all approaching or surpassed inflection points in adoption that indicate scale. When left blind to the system plan and operation, significant impacts to power flow and quality are occurring. However, through key digital technology development, hybrid software-hardware systems can increase the transparency and reliability of the grid. This session will present a case study that shares results from recent distribution grid pilots to digitize integration of DERs into core utility business processes.

Transmission to Support Carbon Reduction
April 21 | 3:35 pm - 4:35 pm ET

This session will discuss why transmission is critical to decarbonizing the US electricity sector and what currently makes transmission planning and development challenging in the Lone Star State. Speakers will investigate how utilities, environmental stakeholders, and regional organizations are engaging in current activities aimed at improving transmission development and how DER developers/installers can support those efforts.

Case study: Understanding the EV Market Across Residential and Commercial Sectors
April 21 | 4:40 pm - 5:30 pm

Transportation electrification is often motivated by cost, preference or the desire to be more sustainable. Yet this shift is exposing new ways that buyers understand and embrace new technologies. On one hand, there are similarities to other new technology adoption – and EV adoption has largely mimicked other Bass Diffusion-like adoption curves. However, the specific barriers identified in switching to EVs are highlighted by both the technical and emotional nature of the purchase. In this session, you’ll learn about the specific hurdles that buyers have with switching to EV and hear how that varies over time, market segment and specific vehicle class (style/type, i.e. light-duty pickups v. sedans).

Case Study: Long-Duration Storage: Lessons Learned from Outside the Region
April 22 | 9:55 am - 10:25 am

Learn how long-duration storage can allow renewables to produce at full capacity and provide a clean alternative to traditional sources of reliable power. Molly Bales from Form Energy will provide an overview of lessons learned from successful demonstration projects.

Demonstrating the Value of Green Hydrogen in the Lone Star State and Beyond
April 22 | 10:25 am - 10:55 am

Supported by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the H2@Scale project intends to show that renewable hydrogen can enable grid resiliency, align domestic industries, increase competitiveness, and promote job creation.

How Texas can Unlock the Values of Distributed Energy Resources
April 22 | 11:25 am - 12:25 pm

This panel will discuss opportunities and challenges facing the Texas DER market, including customer-site solar, batteries, and electrification. Join expert panelists to discuss high level policy opportunities that can leverage the growing DER market to meet grid and resiliency needs. Discuss the opportunities and challenges at the implementation level as the market grows rapidly. What do utilities, municipalities and policy marketers need to consider today to establish efficient rules of the road for customer-sited DERs?

Increasing Access to Clean Energy Through Community Solar & LMI Financing
April 22 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Community solar & innovative financing structures have a unique role to play in addressing barriers to accessing clean, reliable, and affordable energy. This session will discuss program and partnership strategies that allow developers to expand the benefits of solar energy to everyone, and specifically, how to bring these types of programs to Texas. This conversation will also address community solar’s role in energy justice as developers have an opportunity to bring access to LMI customers through innovative business models.