News, Meetings & Near-term Events of Interest to NTREG Members and the Public


Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: January 29, 2016.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

UTA Energy Symposium: Microgrids and Energy Storage
Date: February 9 & 10, 2016.
NOTE! Registration Deadline January 20th!
Location: University of Texas at Arlington.
Energy challenges are growing in Texas, just as they are around the country. The deployment of microgrids with energy storage has the potential to help alleviate Texas' energy challenges but we can’t have one without the other. While both microgrids and energy storage have matured significantly, there are still many technological barriers that need to be overcome for each to see its true potential in solving our energy problems. The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and Oncor Electric Delivery, in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will host a regional event to explore challenges and opportunities of these technologies. JCESR is a major research partnership that integrates government, academic, and industrial researchers from many disciplines to create new breakthrough energy storage technology. This event will serve as a forum for industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers, and policy makers to discuss energy storage and potential major applications facing Texas and the South Central region at both the transmission and the distribution level.
This one and a half day event will offer tours of Oncor's new 660 kW microgrid in Lancaster, Texas as well as UTA's microgrid and energy storage characterization facilities. A panel discussion will be led by members from:
   * Sandia National Laboratory
   * ERCOT, Oncor Electric Delivery, and San Diego Gas and Electric Delivery)
   * Lockheed Martin, Naval Surface Warfare Center - Philadelphia
   * University of California at San Diego

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Topics: A Double-Header!
Topic #1: Oncor Residential Solar Energy Incentives
Presenter: Jeff Reed, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, Oncor
By now, most of us are aware of the 30% federal tax credit available for solar energy equipment installed on our homes. Did you know Oncor, the regional power transmission and distribution company in north Texas, also provides incentives in addition to the federal tax credit? Jeff Reed will share with us the details of Oncor's incentive programs that help drive the cost down on solar equipment installed on our homes. Did you know Oncor's incentives aren't limited to solar electricity? Have you been considering solar hot water too? Oncor will rebate part of that cost as well! Want to learn how to qualify for the incentives? Jeff will answer these and other questions at our February 13 meeting!
About Our Presenter:
Jeff Reed is a Senior Program Manager with Oncor's Energy Efficiency team. He currently manages Oncor's Residential and Commercial solar programs. Jeff has worked in Program Development, developing new programs and evaluating existing programs. He also has managed Demand Response, Education and Government facilities energy efficiency programs during his tenure with the Energy Efficiency team.
In his thirty-two years with Oncor, Jeff has spent his career in Customer Operations working in metering, Cash Management, and the Customer Care center. He also was in the Regulatory area working on deregulation, ERCOT and PUCT rule development.
Jeff is a graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Topic #2: How Solar Energy Can Participate in the Texas Electricity Market.
About Our Presenter:
Larry Howe is a co-founder of Plano Solar Advocates, a grassroots non-profit volunteer group of Plano citizens. Their mission is to increase awareness and use of Solar Energy for electricity generation in Plano.
Larry is also a Board Member of the Texas Solar Energy Society.

Election results will also be announced at our February 13 meeting. Online voting deadline is Saturday, February 13, 6:00 am. Paper ballots will be provided at the meeting for any NTREG members who wish to vote for our Executive Board nominees at that time.

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