Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Houston, Texas  77012


Less expensive natural gas is changing the ROI for energy-efficiency projects at process plants in Texas.  At today’s prices, energy savings alone are less likely to justify capital projects that improve energy intensity.  What else do engineers responsible for energy in Texas process plants need to know to be successful in today’s lower-cost natural gas environment?  Are there other opportunities as a result of the tight capacity reserves in the ERCOT electric market?  And how do we plan for the future?




            Capacity in ERCOT and Demand Response

            Joel Mickey, Director, Market Design & Development

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)


Joel will address the status of capacity reserves in ERCOT, the available demand response programs, and trends in demand response.


They Said It Couldn’t Be Done:  Alcoa’s Experience in Demand Response

DeWayne Todd, Manager - Corporate Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Alcoa


In 2009, Alcoa initiated a highly successful, dynamic demand response program at its Warrick Primary Metals site in Indiana.  DeWayne will address how they structured their program, the evolution of the engagement, the types of investment needed to participate, costs and benefits, corporate versus site responsibilities, and lessons learned over the last 4 years. 


Components of a Successful Industrial Demand Response Program

Eric Alam, Vice President, Viridity Energy


This presentation will go beyond basic demand response and discuss how industrial end users can create and optimize load flexibility using traditional DR and marke-based tools. The presentation will focus on what an industrial site needs to do to identify load flexibility and how to access opportunities to monetize the value of that flexibility at their site in the ERCOT region.  Topics such as DR enabling equipment, costs, organization and responsibilities, risks, and benefits will be addressed. This approach represents the convergence of supply-side strategies and demand-side strategies such as energy efficiency projects and how they can work together to create savings.


The Dynamics of Natural Gas Markets

 Michelle Foss, Center for Energy Economics


Although no one knows what the price of natural gas will be in the future, everyone knows that it dramatically impacts their planning, whether for projects or new facilities.  The speaker will cover the dynamics expected to drive future US natural gas pricing. 


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