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Join clients, economists, a/e firms, policy makers and engineering leaders for an in-depth look into each private market. 

Networking throughout each symposium during meals, coffee breaks and structured roundtables

Roundtable Discussions facilitated by ACEC to connect you with peers to discuss key issues impacting your private market

Expert Insights with in-depth market analysis, trends, opportunities and interactive discussions

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Each Symposium Delivers Tailored Private Market Insight You Can't Find Anywhere Else

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November 15, 2022 | Houston, Texas

The Future of Hydrogen – Panel: 

Brett Perlman, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Houston's Future, Inc. 

Michael Cleveland, Director of Advanced Energy, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company 

Phillip Colvin, Project Manager, Lane Power & Energy Solutions 

Rafat Elahi, Regional General Manager – South Central US, Black & Veatch Corporation 

• Center for Houston’s Future will discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s plans for $8 billion in funding for clean energy hubs across the U.S. directly from the IIJA and how Houston will respond to their RFP and what private opportunities this will create. 

• Progress Rail will share its hydrogen fuel cell project with Chevron and the locomotive and infrastructure associated. 

• Lane Power will discuss the development and operations of hard rock and salt caverns for hydrocarbon storage; hydrogen storage; oil & gas cavern support facilities; and power projects with a cavern component.

EVOLVE Houston – The Electric Revolution: Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer, University of Houston Evolve Houston is a public-private coalition that convenes public entities, industry, and community residents to accelerate EV adoption and deliver real benefits to society through the shared values of environment, economy, and equity. Hear how the newly relaunched Evolve is working to accelerate EV adoption by bringing together public and private organizations, residents, and government. Founding members include NRG Energy, Shell, CenterPoint Energy, University of Houston and the City of Houston, TX.

Decarbonizing Commercial Real Estate - Fireside Chat:

Elijah. J. Williams, Executive Director, Energy Corridor District 

Jesse Gary, Head of Energy Systems, BluePrint Power 

Oil and gas firms are seen recently acquiring tech-based start-up firms, whose technology presents an opportunity to help decarbonize commercial real estate.  The acquisitions aim to lower the cost of renewable energy and support the decarbonization of cities and carbon-intensive industries. Hear how this opportunity also helps real estate owners meet their environmental goals and give them access to new revenue streams.

Energy Infrastructure & Battery Storage - Luncheon: 

Caitlin Smith, Senior Director, Regulatory, External Affairs & ESG, Jupiter Power
Jose Beceiro, Senior Director, Global Energy 2.0 at Greater Houston Partnership

Hear from the largest battery energy storage developer in Texas on how battery storage is poised to be a gamechanger in the provision of electricity. The energy-only market in Texas has seen tremendous change on both the supply and demand sides. An increasing amount of battery energy storage will enable the supply from new wind and solar resources to meet customers’, from new residents to bitcoin mines, demand, even when the wind isn’t blowing, and the sun isn’t shining. This should fit perfectly into the “energy transition” and enable more renewable energy and a more resilient grid at the same time.

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Reach decision makers and industry professionals across key private markets. Work with the ACEC sponsorship team to craft a custom package to meet your needs.


Registration Rates

Early-bird registration for ACEC members thru November 9, 2022
ACEC Members: $199
Non-Members: $299

Standard registration after November 9, 2022
ACEC Members: $299
Non-Members: $399


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1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

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Discussions and insights to prepare you for the energy transition:

Long-term Economic Trends and the Energy Industry: Dr. Carey King, Assistant Director of the Energy Institute & Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin: Dr. Carey W King will set the stage by defining the industry and the state of the economy as it relates to the energy market. He performs interdisciplinary research related to how energy systems interact within the economy and environment as well as how our policy and social systems can make decisions and tradeoffs among these ften-competing factors.

Defining the Energy Transition: Dr. Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University: Dr. Cohan will explore what is needed for a clean energy transition, including the pace of emissions reductions that is needed to mitigate climate change and the roles of energy efficiency, renewable electricity, electrification, clean hydrogen, and carbon capture in achieving those reductions.