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Preparing for the Next-Generation Utility-Customer Experience.

  Monday, October 15, 2018  |  CenterPoint Energy’s Corporate Headquarters  

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Whether you are about to roll out your first smart meter or looking for ways to maximize your smart grid investments, this show is the go-to event for understanding best practices around smart grid customer education and engagement.

At the Symposium you will learn how to:

  • Plan your education programs
  • Quantify your investments
  • Leverage new technologies to improve customer experience
  • Communicate value to stakeholders
  • Evolve into the utility of the future

Spend the day with utility executives from across North America as they speak openly about what has been most effective when rolling out AMI
and smart grid related programs.

Keynote Speaker:

Arthur D'Andrea
Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Arthur D'Andrea to serve as a commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Texas on November 14, 2017, for a term set that expires on September 1, 2023.

Featured Guest Speaker:

Sylvester Turner
Mayor of Houston

Elected in December 2015, Sylvester Turner is serving his first four-year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor. As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city in the nation, Mayor Turner has brought a performance-driven approach to the job, creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services while shoring up Houston’s financial future.


FEATURED ROUNDTABLE ON UTILITY OF THE FUTURE


Participating Utilities and Organizations


INDUSTRY AND MEDIA PARTNERS


MEDIA LINKS

This year's event will focus on the following topics:

  • Case Studies: AMI, Dynamic Pricing and TOU customer education programs
  • The dynamic and critical utility-customer relationship
  • The critical need for future-proofing our electrical system
  • Lessons learned after 2017 hurricanes and the benefits of AMI
  • Impacts of grid modernization and technology investments on consumers
  • Educating and partnering with advocates
  • Building a sound regulatory business case for grid modernization
  • Smart home, smart city and preparing for the utility of the future

Keynote Speaker:

Arthur D’Andrea
Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Arthur D'Andrea to serve as a commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Texas on November 14, 2017, for a term set that expires on September 1, 2023. Before his appointment, Commissioner D'Andrea served as Assistant General Counsel to Governor Abbott. His career has been primarily focused on the law, including his role as Assistant Solicitor General in the Texas Attorney General’s office where he served as lead appellate counsel in matters including constitutional challenges to state statutes, public-utilities regulation, antitrust, tax disputes, insurance regulation, regulatory takings, and petitions for writ of habeas corpus. There he argued thirteen cases in the Second and Fifth Circuits, the Texas Supreme Court, and in the intermediate state courts of appeals.

Prior to joining the Attorney General's team, Arthur worked in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice Group for a private law firm where he represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and in federal and state courts of appeals nationwide in matters including white-collar criminal prosecutions, international-trade disputes, patent infringement, trademark disputes, bankruptcy, international arbitration, and securities litigation.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Commissioner D'Andrea worked as a Management Consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers before earning a Juris Doctor from the University Of Texas School Of Law. He and his wife, Erin, are raising their children in Austin, Texas.

Special Guest Speaker:

Sylvester Turner
Mayor of Houston, Texas

Elected in December 2015, Sylvester Turner is serving his first four-year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor. Since taking office, Mayor Turner eliminated a $160 million budget shortfall in record time; led the city’s remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; championed historic pension reform; cheered on the 2017 World Series-winning Houston Astros; hosted a successful Super Bowl LI; expanded municipal investments in renewable energy and led the winning bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020.

As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city in the nation, Mayor Turner has brought a performance-driven approach to the job, creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services while shoring up Houston’s financial future. Thanks to his leadership, the Texas Legislature and local voters approved the pension reform package that reduces the city’s liability by billions of dollars and provided a “fix” that had eluded the city for 17 years.

One of the mayor’s signature initiatives is Complete Communities, which aims to improve the quality of life for residents in all neighborhoods. The mayor’s other priorities include filling more than 90,000 potholes on city streets, implementing a six-point holistic plan for addressing homelessness, reducing flooding and improving drainage.

Mayor Turner’s civic leadership has been nationally recognized through his service as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Standing Committee, vice chair of the National Climate Action Agenda, member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayor’s for Climate and Energy and an advisory board member of the African American Mayors Association. He is also the recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican government’s highest honor. Turner has been featured in publications and news outlets such as 60 Minutes, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Cuba Today Magazine, Ebony, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.

Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House as the representative for District 139. He worked on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and served as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms. He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state’s budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.

Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with eight siblings. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.

Mayor Turner is the proud father of First Daughter Ashley Turner, who is continuing the family tradition of public service in the healthcare field.