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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
The DOE is a partner with the chemical and petroleum refining industries in advancing technologies and business practices. Part of DOE's overarching mission is sponsoring cutting-edge science and technology research and development that revolutionizes how U.S. industry finds, produces, and delivers energy. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) leads the nation in the research, development, and deployment (RD&D) of advanced energy-efficiency and clean power technologies and practices to provide Americans with a stronger economy, healthier environment, and more secure future. The DOE's mission is advanced through a strong and balanced RD&D portfolio of clean energy technologies and practices, along with support for critical policies and markets.

Texas Industries of the Future
The Texas Industries of the Future program is a state program that leverages the tools of the DOE Industries of the Future program in the refining, chemical, aluminum, steel, metal casting, glass, mining, agriculture, and forest product industries in the State of Texas. The purpose of the Texas Industries of the Future program is to facilitate the development, demonstration, and adoption of advanced technologies that reduce industrial energy usage, emissions, and associated costs, resulting in improved competitive performance. The program seeks savings in energy and materials, cost-effective environmental compliance, increased productivity, reduced waste, and enhanced product quality.

Organizing Committee

The Showcase Organizing Committee will be supported by Texas Industries of the Future and includes:

Committee Chair
Dow Chemical Company
Terry Welch, Global Technology Director

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Dennis Griffith

BP Chemicals
Brian Dinsmoor, Plant Manager

Celanese Chemicals
Jeff Kirk, Energy Excellence Leader

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
Bruce Marantis, Process Engineering Superintendent

ExxonMobil Chemical
Doug Deason, Senior Staff Engineer

Office of the Governor
Wendy Wyman, Policy Director, Environmental/Natural Resources

Rohm and Haas Texas
Jeff Hackworth, Energy Manager

Senate Natural Resources Committee
Ty Embrey, General Counsel

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Ken Zarker, Manager

Texas Council on Environmental Technology
David Allen, Chair

Texas Petrochemicals
Larry Goodwin, Director of Technology and Asset Evaluation

Valero Energy Corporation
Gary Faagau, Director, Operations Practices


American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
The AIChE is a professional association of more than 50,000 members providing leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession and sharing the knowledge of its members with chemical engineering professionals around the world.

American Petroleum Institute (API)
The American Petroleum Institute is the primary trade association for the U.S. oil and natural gas industry. API represents more than 400 member companies involved in all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry.

Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas (CEER at UT)
The CEER serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. The center focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources.

Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO)
Formed in 1978, the CIBO is a trade association comprised of industrial boiler owners, architect-designers, related equipment manufacturers, and universities. The CIBO actively promotes energy and environmental equipment, technology, operations and policies, and laws and regulations affecting industry energy facilities.

East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA)
The EHCMA is a non-profit professional association of approximately 125 chemical manufacturers, refiners, and supporting distribution/terminal facility managers in East Harris County, Texas. The association seeks to promote the health, safety, environmental, and economic well-being of the chemical industry and the communities around its members' plants.

Greater Houston Partnership
The Greater Houston Partnership is a non-profit organization of 1,922 member businesses dedicated to building the economic prosperity of the Houston region. The organization seeks to create jobs, increase the vitality of its member companies, improve Houston's business climate, enhance its level of international business, and maintain relations with governments on the local, state, and Federal levels.

National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA)
The NPRA is an organization made up of nearly 500 companies representing nearly all U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers. The NPRA seeks to advocate policies balancing energy supply needs with environmental goals; to promote advances in technology, safety, and environmental performance; and to educate the public and policy makers on the influence of the refining and petrochemical industries in the U.S. economy.

South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The South Texas Section of the AIChE is a non-profit scientific, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing the goals of the AIChE in southern Texas.

State Energy Conservation Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (SECO)
SECO, or the Texas "energy office" administers and delivers a variety of energy-efficiency and renewable programs which significantly impact energy cost and consumption in the institutional, industrial, transportation, and residential sectors in Texas.

Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center
The Texas A&M University IAC is an active group of representatives from industry that meets twice a year to discuss Texas A&M curricula and help the university develop a program that prepares graduates for service in industry.

Texas Chemical Council (TCC)
The TCC is a state trade association of 88 chemical manufacturing facilities throughout Texas representing the Texas chemical industry's common interests at the state level in areas such as environmental protection, health and safety issues, and energy policy.

Texas Council on Environmental Technology (TCET)
The TCET seeks to streamline and expedite the process whereby recognition is given to new, innovative, and creative technological advances by the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, as well as spur the entrepreneurial and inventive spirit of companies attempting to develop new methods to solve old problems.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
The TCEQ strives to protect Texas' human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development while achieving clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

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