2015 Texas Fact Finding Mission

November 2 - 6, 2015
5 days
Austin & San Antonio, TX

Our Fact Finding Missions are the best resource for hands-on experience with solar technologies, programs, and policies.

Event Archive: Texas Fact Finding Mission

November 2-6, 2015 | Austin & San Antonio, Texas


Why did we go?

SEPA’s Fact Finding Mission stampeded into the deregulated “energy market laboratory” of Texas. Leading utilities and technology companies in Austin and San Antonio met with mission participants to share how innovative programs and integration tools helped them grow and thrive in this dynamic energy market. This mission included many of the technologies and programs touted by the White House’s Clean Energy Economy, in action.W


What was addressed?

  • How are the voluntary clean energy initiatives, launched by CPS Energy and Austin Energy creating jobs and economic opportunity?
  • Is Austin Energy’s smart grid showcase of the Pecan Street project a model for other communities?
  • How will Georgetown, a municipality of 60,000, achieve the goal of being powered by 100% renewables within the next 20 years?
  • What do ERCOT (electricity market operator) and the PUC believe are the critical issues around managing the growth of solar, the role of electricity providers, and keeping the electricity market healthy?
  • How are customer expectations changing as the economics of solar improve?
  • What is different in the way utilities manage customer and stakeholder relationships?
  • Is energy storage a game-changer in Texas? Distribution utility Oncor believes it is with a proposal to deploy as much as 5 GWs of batteries for grid support.

Due to the nature of the program, Fact Finding Missions are limited to executives and senior management. Invitation to participate is conditional on a brief questionnaire and acceptance process to ensure a robust experience for all participants.


for more information about future missions, contact:
Cynthia Hunt Jaehne at [email protected]  or (202) 595-1148.

Get a one page informational overview with details about the 2015 mission.