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Energy Thought Summit 2017

  • 800 Congress Avenue Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)


How do we create the modern energy infrastructure needed for next-generation communities? This isn’t just a utility problem; it isn’t just an engineering problem. Answering this question means new roles, new relationships, and new designs in energy.

ETS17 is calling all creative minds to convene and design real solutions for the energy transformation taking place today. This inclusive event welcomes everyone to the table to create change in energy, and consider the roles that emerging technologies play in shaping a new future. More details to come.

Interview of Brian Jones, Senior Vice President at ETS17 discussing current topics in the industry 

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Hot Topics

In true ETS tradition, Zpryme will periodically release an outspoken or distinguished thought leader to the public, covering energy topics such as smart grid, electric vehicles, renewables, disruptive technologies, big data, cybersecurity, smart cities, social media, cloud computing, and workforce.

CIO Panel

Designing for Data // Data’s Influence on Utility IT Environments: As energy markets evolve, it’s increasingly clear that electricity is inextricably married to data. IT will soon be everywhere, sensors and communications costs will fall precipitously, and billions of connected devices may interact on a near real-time basis with power grids. How do we design and optimize for maximum speed and efficiency? What decisions will need to be made, and where? What architectures will be most suitable for these new challenges? And what will be the role of a centralized versus a more decentralized IT environment?

Moderator Brian Jones – SVP Strategic Development, Utegration

Gary Hayes – SVP & CIO, Centerpoint Energy
Grant Gutierrez – CIO & Controller, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
Kolt Sarver – VP Business Technology, Vistra
Brian Helms – Chief Enterprise Architect, LCRA


800 Congress is downtown Austin’s newest event venue located on historic Congress Avenue.  With views of the Paramount Theatre and the Capitol it is the event destination of ‘No-Co’ (North Congress).  Venue features include original exposed brick & foundation walls, projector with 200” projection screen, state of the art sound system, & VIP room with private entrance.

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