Total Energy USA Conference & Exposition Daily Highlights

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HOUSTON, Nov. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The inaugural Total Energy USA conference and exposition runs Tuesday, November 27th through Thursday, November 29th at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010. Members of the press are invited to register onsite with credentials or by contacting Director of Marketing, Alexandra d'Archangelo.

Tuesday, November 27th

8:30 – 9:00 am – Ballroom: Welcome and continental breakfast
Total Energy USA officially opens with remarks by Total Energy USA Chairman, John Ragan.*
*Mr. Ragan will be available for a few minutes after speaking for brief interviews.

9:00 – 10:30 am – Ballroom: Keynote 1: the Big Picture
Ninety minutes of fresh perspectives to inform and stimulate, featuring:
Moderated by Julie A. Dill, President & CEO Spectra Energy Partners, Group VP, Strategy, Spectra Energy
Terry Tamminen, CEO Seventh Generation Advisors and advisor to former Governor Schwarzenegger
The Honorable Philip R. Sharp, President, Resources for the Future
Kenneth B. Medlock III, Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Russ Conser, Lead, GameChanger Team, Shell

2:00 – 3:30 pm – Room 310B: Finance: Corporate Investments in Clean Energy
Moderated by Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Director, Advisory Services, Thomson Reuters
Jan Koninckx*, Business Director for Biofuels, DuPont
Dara O'Neill, Founder Efficient Energy Global, TCS BASYS National Accounts
Dirk Zinkweg, Marketing Director, Telecom, Down Electrical & Telecommunications
*Mr. Koninckx is available for press interviews onsite Tuesday, November 27th before 12 PM (noon).

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Room 310D: American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) Texas Regional Roundtable
Moderated by VADM (Ret.) Dennis McGinn, President & CEO, ACORE and Russel Smith, Executive Director, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association.

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Ballroom B Lobby: Opening Reception
Join us to celebrate the inaugural edition of Total Energy USA. Open to all exhibitors, conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and press.

Wednesday, November 28th

9:00 – 9:45 am - Ballroom: Keynote 2 – U.S. Electric Grid 2.0
Moderated by Jeff Serfass, President, Technology Transition Corporation
Michael Howard, President & CEO, EPRI
Jayshree Desai, Executive Vice-President, Clean Line Energy

9:45 – 10:30 am Ballroom: Keynote 3 - Water & Energy: Opportunities and Issues
Dave Williams, Director of Wastewater East Bay Municipal Utility District
Ben Grumbles, President, U.S. Water Alliance*
Mr. Grumbles is the former Assistant Administrator for Water at U.S. EPA and has been an important voice in the fracking and water issues conversation for several years. He is available for interviews onsite at Total Energy USA.

10:00 am – 6:30 pm: Expo Hall Open

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Expo Hall: Personal appearance by JJ Moses, former Houston Texan, at the NRG Solutions Stadium in booth 103

11:00 – 11:45 am - Ballroom: Keynote 4 - Transportation: Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Fuels
Lawrence D. Burns, Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Michigan and Director, Program for Sustainable Mobility, Columbia University

11:45 am – 12:30 pm - Ballroom: Keynote 5 - How the Department of Defense Will Impact U.S. Energy Businesses, Energy Security
Moderated by Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn*, USN (Ret.), President, ACORE
Col Peter Newell, Director, Rapid Equipping Force (REF), US Army
Dieter Multhopp, Principal Aerospace Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
*VADM Denny McGinn is available for press interviews onsite Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

12:00 – 2:00 pm – Room 320D: Business Builder Luncheon, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association*
Featuring Michael T. Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup.
*Luncheon registration deadline is 12:00 pm November 26. No onsite registration.

4:00 – 5:30 pm – Room 320C: Financial Planning for Energy Companies in Uncertain Times
Moderated by Gary J. Voth, CPA, Tax Director, PKF Texas
Nathaniel Karp, Chief Economist, BBVA Group
Patrick Leach, Chief Executive Officer, Decision Strategies
Alexandra Pruner, Chief Financial Officer, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Dick Williams, President, Shell WindEnergy, Inc.

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Expo Hall: Personal appearance by N. D. Kalu, former Houston Texan, at the NRG Solutions Stadium in booth 103

5:30 – 6:30 pm – Expo Hall: WEN & Chairman's Innovation Award Reception
Women's Energy Network, Houston Chapter Happy Hour and announcement of the Chairman's Innovation Award winner.
The winner and honorable mention recipients have been selected by a committee comprised of Total Energy USA Chair, John Ragan, Executive Vice-President, NRG Energy & President, NRG Gulf Coast Region; Julie Dill, Group VP - Strategy,
Spectra Energy,
President & CEO,
Spectra Energy Partners and Rodney J. Eichler, President & COO,
Apache Corporation.

Thursday, November 29

9:00 – 9:45 am – Ballroom: Lauded architect Gordon Gill* joins Kraft Group and New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft for a discussion on Energy & Buildings, Moderated by U.S. News & World Report Editor Brian Kelly
*Gordon Gill is available for interviews Thursday, November 29. The Gordon Gill + Adrian Smith Engineering practice has just signed a contract for Gatekeeper Services to provide energy and carbon advice for the City's retrofits in Chicago as an extension of their Decarb plan and CMAP web-based model. Their Architectural firm continues to work on the design for their large-scale sustainable master plan for 100,000 people in China.
9:45 – 10:30 am – Ballroom: Keynote 7 - Job Creation and Workforce Education (STEM)
Moderated by Michael Amiridis, Executive VP for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of South Carolina
Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, US News and World Report
Les Shephard, Director, Texas Sustainability Energy Research Institute, University of Texas at San Antonio, former VP of Energy at Sandia National Laboratories
Mary Spruill, Executive Director, National Energy Education Development project (NEED)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Expo Hall Open

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Expo Hall: Personal appearance by Seth Payne, former Houston Texan, at the NRG Solutions Stadium in booth 103

11:00 – 11:45 am – Ballroom: Keynote 8 - Investment and Finance
Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup

11:45 am – 12:30 pm – Ballroom: Keynote 9 - City Leaders Who Are Shaping Energy Generation and Use
Mayor Annise Parker - Mayor, Houston


ABOUT TOTAL ENERGY USA: Total Energy USA is the groundbreaking event that addresses the greatest uncertainty in the energy industry today––the cross-fertilization of energy sectors and technologies. The new conference and exposition is developed by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) and will be held annually in Houston beginning in 2012. To-date, sponsors of Total Energy USA include Select Sponsors NRG and Shell, Contributing Sponsor Waste Management, Sponsors Halliburton, Platts, PKF Texas and Winstead.

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CONTACT: Alexandra d'Archangelo, Director of Marketing Phone: 619.298.1445 x 114 Email:

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