Pecan Street and our partners host or participate in numerous conferences and speaking engagements throughout the year.

Throughout 2020, webinars will allow us to continue our outreach amidst travel restrictions and social distancing policies.


Upcoming Events

An Urgent Case for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Webinar: Wednesday, October 28

If 2020 has taught us one thing, it’s that the time for incrementalism has passed. We need swift action to right the ship and accelerate progress on addressing the COVID-induced economic downturn and the undeniable impacts of climate change. We can simultaneously create jobs and reduce carbon emissions. And if done with intention, we can also address equity issues and improve air quality. The solution?

Rapid and widespread deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Join us on Wednesday, October 28 for a discussion about how we begin to focus clean energy advocacy toward solving the most urgent issues of our time.

Our panel of experts will talk about the policies and programs that are needed to accelerate the timing and maximize the impact of climate mitigation and clean energy job growth.

Find more details and register here.


Past Events

How Soils Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis 
Webinar: Wednesday, October 21

Thank you to everyone who joined for this conversation with experts from the soil sciences and regenerative agriculture about the potential of soil carbon sequestration. The discussion included how soil carbon sequestration through regenerative farming practices can increase food production, raise farmer profitability, and drawdown atmospheric carbon. The panel also discussed the barriers to widespread adoption of regenerative farming and what Pecan Street and others are doing to overcome these barriers. You can watch the webinar recording on our YouTube channel here.

Shifting Energy Use Trends Due to COVID-19
Webinar: Wednesday, August 26

Thank you to everyone who joined our August 26th conversation with Pecan Street’s Cheif Technology Officer Scott Hinson about the changing trends in home energy used during COVID-19. You can find the webinar details and recording here

Smart DERs – The Missing Link
Webinar: Friday, August 7

Thank you to our panel and everyone who joined the Smart DERs – The Missin Link webinar! The panel discussed how smart DERs are necessary to sufficiently expand the grid’s hosting capacity for renewables. With the advent of smart inverters, standardized around California’s Rule 21, the technical capabilities exist to allow DERs to provide a holistic set of services to customers and utilities rather than a single value proposition of unmanaged energy generation. While smart inverters have a significant amount of useful features, they lack the intelligence to utilize these features – such as data observation on grid voltage, harmonics and frequency combined with data on real-time energy demand – to make the kinds of real-time decisions that would result in a more resilient and efficient grid system rather than one in which DERs are often viewed by utilities as a burden.

About the Speakers:

  • Jon R. La Follett, Ph.D. – Energy System Integration & Storage Team Lead, Shell New Energies Research & Technology
  • Hossein Ghassempour Aghamolki, Ph.D. – Engineering Specialist, Eaton Research Lab
  • William Hetherington – CEO, Bandera Electric Cooperative
  • Arnela Smajlovic – Digital Grid Microgrid Management System (MGMS) Product Manager, Siemens
  • Shashank Pande – Solution Architect, Siemens

Race & Energy Webinar II
Webinar: Wednesday, August 5, Noon Central

Thank you to everyone who joined the second webinar in our Race & Energy series! We were thrilled to have our distinguished panelists join us again to continue this conversation. The panel will take a deeper dive into the issues surrounding race and how it impacts energy affordability, and specifically, why we should consider race and income as separate indicators for energy programs.

About the Speakers:

  • Diana Hernández, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • John Hall, Director, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute
  • Fisayo Fadelu, General Counsel and CFO, Pecan Street Inc.

Clean Energy Texas: How The Lone Star State Became An Unlikely Leader & How Others Can Follow Its Lead.
Webinar: Tuesday, July 14, 10am Central

Thanks for joining our conversation with this all-star panel of Texas’ clean energy leaders about how Texas became the clean energy state that it is today. We discussed how the state can continue to lead in deploying renewables and what other states can learn from Texas’ approach to creating a clean energy future. 

About the Speakers:

        • Kirk Watson, Former State Senator and the new dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs
        • Pat Wood, CEO of Hunt Energy Network and the former chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
        • Jim Marston, VP of Public Affairs at Environmental Defense Fund
        • Dr. Michael Webber, of ENGIE, an accomplished author and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin

Race & Energy – A Pecan Street Webinar
Webinar: Tuesday, June 30, Noon Central

Thanks to everyone who joined our discussion on race and energy on June 30th. Our distinguished panelists discussed how race impacts energy affordability, equality of opportunity to participate in emerging clean energy programs and markets, and models for how to design equitable energy programs.

About the Speakers:

  • Diana Hernández, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • John Hall, Director, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute
  • Fisayo Fadelu, General Counsel and CFO, Pecan Street Inc.

 

Vehicle to Grid Technology and Energy Storage – Testing Texas’ First V2G System as A Dispatchable Resource
Webinar: Friday, June 5, 2020

Pecan Street’s Engineering Team led a discussion about the latest on Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology, including highlights from our recent V2G demonstration project, Tesla’s recent V2G announcement, and an overview of Pecan Street’s ongoing EV research. Download Pecan Street’s V2G Case Study or watch the webinar on YouTube.

        • Speakers included Pecan Street’s Scott Hinson and Andrea Tosi.

 

Shifting Energy Use Trends Due to COVID-19
Webinar: Friday, May 15, 2020

Pecan Street CTO Scott Hinson presented our analysis of how energy use has shifted among residents that participate in our electricity research. Watch the webinar on YouTube or read Scott’s blog about the analysis.

 

Artificial Intelligence for Grid Decarbonization
Webinar: May 12, 2020

Pecan Street was joined by our partners at Cambridge Innovation Center and Beyond Limits to discuss near term opportunities and challenges for how to best leverage AI to accelerate grid decarbonization. The conversation included a discussion of how AI can be used to make more informed decisions at the generation level, highlights from industry efforts to deploy AI for decarbonization, and the role that AI can play in optimizing renewable generation sources for a cleaner grid.

Watch the webinar on YouTube.

Speakers included:

    • Suzanne Russo – CEO, Pecan Street
    • Kimberly Gilbert – Director of Technical Commercial Engineering, Beyond Limits
    • Stas Gayshan – Managing Director, Cambridge Innovation Center
    • Bart Bohn – Founder, Root Aspen (moderator)