About ETS

Energy Thought Summit

:thought_balloon::rainbow::bulb:Join the 11th Energy Thought Summit (ETS) in Austin, TX, from April 15-18, 2024, as we embrace the theme of “Imagine.” Reflect on the industry’s past achievements, while anticipating the limitless opportunities that lie ahead. Immerse yourself in the collective wisdom of industry pioneers, thought leaders, and visionaries, inspiring you to push the boundaries of what is possible and shape a future powered by clean, accessible energy sources at the Energy Thought Summit


Days of Thought Leadership and Executive Networking


Discussion panels featuring utility executives and other subject matter experts


Curated agenda exploring Decarbonization, Resilience, Equity, Analysis and Modernization


Engaging workshops during the first day of the event

Thought Leaders

John D. Hewa

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Woody Rickerson

SVP & Chief Operating Officer

Deanna Rodriguez

President & CEO

Rudy Garza

President & Chief Executive Officer
CPS Energy

Sandeep Aujla

Director of Fire Science and Climate Adaptation

Paul Lau

CEO & General Manager

Cengizhan Yenerim

VP/Head of Risk

Nancy Bui-Thompson

Board Director

Michael Pesin

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Grid Systems and Components Division
DOE Office of Electricity

Stuart Nachmias

President & CEO
ConEd Transmission, Inc

Ann Delenela

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

Kristen Senechal

EVP Transmission

Emeka Anyanwu

Lincoln Electric System

Evan O’Mahoney

Chief Information Officer
CPS Energy

Robert Matthews

Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Exelon Corporation

Chad Horton

Vice President Development

Balvinder Blah-Deonarine

Project Manager
Con Edison Transmission, Inc.

Lydia Krefta

Director, Clean Energy Transportation

Sunny Elebua

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer
Exelon Corporation

Hank Stafford

Senior Director Sustainability Strategy
Vistra Corp

Matt Valle

NextEra Energy Transmission

Darren Schauer

GM and CEO

Joel Austin

Sr. Vice President & Chief Digital Officer
Oncor Electric Delivery

Janisse Quiñones

SVP Electric Operations

Jim Reid

EVP, Sustainability and Chief Legal Office
Fortis Inc.

Vanessa Edmonds

Executive Director
Utility 2030

Alice Jackson

SVP System Strategy & Chief Planning Officer
Xcel Energy

John Padalino

Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Bandera Electric

Dr. Joe Nyangon

Deputy Director for Partnerships
U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs

Joan Effinger


Bob Kahn

General Manager
Austin Energy

Janie Gonzalez

Board Chair
CPS Energy

William Mao

Managing Director North America
PSC North America

Dr. Patricia De Lange

Lead New Products and Services Development
Duquesne Light Company

Laura Patiño

Chief Resilience Officer
City of San Antonio

Guy Payne

Assistant General Manager
Distribution & Engineering Service, Snohomish Public Utility District

Liz John

Managing Director

Tyler Rogers

Head of Business Development
Kraken Technologies

Lora Anguay

Chief Zero Carbon Officer

Brandy Bolden

Chief Customer Officer

Utibe Bassey

Vice President of Customer Experience
Dominion Energy

Laura Dutton

Chief Strategy Officer

Nathan Fulmer

Vice President, Workforce & Safety Operations
Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Tracy Alexander

Director of Innovation
NRG Energy

Duanne Andrade

Executive Director
Solar and Energy Loan Fund

Peter Muhoro

Chief Strategy, Technology & Innovation Officer

Ali Mohammed

Sr Director of the Digital Innovation and Transformation Office

Ryan Gerbrandt

Chief Operating Officer

Tatianna Cannon

Executive Director
Solar Austin

Carlos Nouel

VP, Transformation Programs
National Grid

Adrian Rodriguez

President, Texas & New Mexico
Xcel Energy

Shaun Hoyte

Section Manager of Clean Energy Networks
Con Edison

Jason Rodriguez

CEO & Co-Founder

Khalil Shalabi

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Transformation
Lower Colorado River Authority

Cameron Freberg

Utility Strategist - Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies
Austin Energy

Angel Lance

Founder and CEO
Motive Power

Damali Rhett Harding

US Managing Principal
The Regulatory Assistance Project

Lorraine Akiba

President & CEO
LHA Ventures

Amy Atchley

Sr. Lead, EV Equity Program
Austin Energy

Josh Gould

Director of Innovation
Duquesne Light Company

Erin Hardick

Producer and Researcher
Latitude Media

Karl Popham

Chair of the Electric Vehicle Leadership Council
Founder | Mobility+Energy Consulting LLC

Heather Herndon-Wright

Director, Supply Chain Diversity & Sustainability

Angela Ortiz

Director ESG & Sustainability

Katie Guice

Director of Business Strategy
Tampa Electric

Terron Hill

Clean Energy Development Director
National Grid

John Miri

President & CEO
Electric Grid Cybersecurity Alliance

Ryan Kiley

Executive Director
Consumers Energy

Philip Nevels

Director of Strategy

Venkat Tirupati

Sr. Director of Grid and Market Solutions

Richard Ramirez

Head Of Innovation, & Technology Corporate Social Responsibility
DTE Energy

Janet Rehberg

Chief Strategy Officer & VP of Engineering
Tri-County Electric

Jen Szaro

President and CEO

Raiford Smith

Chief Utility Innovation Officer

David Wade

President & CEO

Adam Barsky


Erica Borggren

Vice-President, Customer Solutions

Hala Ballouz

Electric Power Engineers

Mary Palmer

Director of Energy Equity and Inclusion
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Previous Lineup


April 15

9:00am-5:00pm | NREL Energy Techup

10:30am-11:45am | Workshop 1

10:30am-11:45am | Workshop 2

11:45-1:00pm | Lunch

1:00pm-1:15pm | Welcome to ETS24

1:15 – 1:30 PM | Opening Keynote

1:30 – 2:15 PM | Decarbonization Panel | Net Zero: Technology and Programs

2:15pm-2:45pm | Resillience Fireside Chat | Proactively Building Resilient Infrastructure

2:45pm-3:00pm | 🤝 Networking Break

3:00pm-3:45pm | Equity Panel | Individualizing Customer Programs

3:45pm-4:15pm | Analysis Fireside Chat | Startups and Ground-up Innovation

4:15pm – 5:00pm | Modernization Panel | Financing Grid Transformation

5:00pm-5:05pm | Closing

5:00 – 7:00 PM | Networking Reception

April 16

9:00am-9:15am | Welcome

9:15am-9:30am | Imagine

9:30am – 9:45am | Opening Keynote

9:45 am – 10:30 am | Equity Panel | Addressing the Energy Burden for Underserved Populations

10:30am – 11:00 am | Networking Break

11:00am – 11:45am | Analysis Breakout A | Prioritizing Analytics Investments

11:00am – 11:45am | Decarbonization Breakout A | Expanding EV programs

11:00am – 11:45am | Resilience Breakout C | Decentralizing Resilience

11:45 am -1:15 pm | Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Modernization Breakout D | Adapting our Transmission and Distribution

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Equity Breakout E | Regulation, Partnership, and Community Goals

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Modernization Breakout F | Data-Driven Proactive Asset Management

2:15 pm – 3:00 PM | Decarbonization Breakout G | The Colorful World of Hydrogen

2:15pm – 3:00PM | Modernization Breakout H | The Evolution of Demand Response

2:15pm – 3:00PM | Resilience Breakout I | The Increasing Complexity of Cybersecurity

3:15pm – 4:00PM | Equity Breakout J

3:15pm – 4:00PM | Resilience Breakout K | Harnessing DERs for Grid Resilience

3:15pm – 4:00PM | Analysis Breakout L | AI tools for operations and customers alike

April 17

9:00am-9:15am | Welcome

9:15am-9:30am | Zpryme ETS

9:30am-9:45am | Opening Keynote

9:45am – 10:30am | Modernization Panel | How a Customer’s Data Can Work For Them

10:30am – 11:00am | 🤝 Networking Break

11:00am – 11:45am | Decarbonization Breakout A | Decarbonizing Heat and Buildings: Innovative Solutions for Energy Efficiency and Electrification

11:00am – 11:45am | Equity Breakout B | Empowering Citizens Beyond the Light Switch

11:00am – 11:45am | Analysis Breakout C | Creating Secure and Efficient Data Pipelines

11:45 am -1:15 pm | Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Resilience Breakout D | A safer, more connected utility workforce

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Decarbonization Breakout E | Working with Customers for a Carbon Free Future

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Modernization Breakout F | Changing the Regulator Dynamics

2:15 pm – 3:00 PM | Modernization Breakout G | Shifting the Cost of Progress off Vulnerable Customers

2:15 pm – 3:00 PM | Analysis Breakout H | The Role of Predictive Analytics in Long-Term Planning Processes

2:15 pm – 3:00 PM | Resilience Breakout I | Balancing the Grid in an Era of Electrification

3:15pm – 4:00PM | Decarbonization Breakout J | Decarbonizing the Supply Chain

3:15pm – 4:00PM | Equity Breakout K

3:15pm – 4:00PM | Modernization Breakout L | Fancy Gadgets and Doodads or The Technology that will Shape the Future of the Grid

April 18

9:00am-9:05am | Welcome

9:05am-9:30am | Equity Fireside Chat | The Gen Z Customer Base

9:30am-10:00am | Keynote Fireside ChatLeadership’s Role in Grid Evolution

Rudy Garza, CEO & President | CPS Energy

10:15 am – 10:45am | Modernization Fireside Chat | The Need for a New Industry Culture

10:45 am – 11:15 AM | 🤝 Networking Break

11:15 am – 12:00 PM | Resilience Panel | The state of Storage

12:00 pm- 12:30 PM | Decarbonization Fireside Chat | The Modern Contours of the Nuclear Discussion

12:30-1:00 | Thought Leader of the Year

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