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February 15th 2019 Meeting

February 15, 2019
11:15 AM to 1:00 PM
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Houston Permitting Center, 2nd Floor Rm 2D
1002 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77002

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Please allow at least 24 hours after online payment of 2019 chapter membership dues for membership records to be updated before attempting to register using membership benefits.

February 2019 Meeting Announcement:

11:15-    Check-in & Networking
11:30-    Begin Lunch Service
11:50-    Meeting & Presentation
1:00 -     Adjourn

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology has been part of the power grid since the 1970s and it keeps gaining traction as distributed generation in sizes ranging from dozens of megawatts down to a few kilowatts.  Texas has been a CHP market leader and continues to be a promising market for CHP applications.

The Lone Star Chapter of AEE is excited to have representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Southcentral CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP), Dr. Gavin Dillingham and Carlos Gamarra, join our February 2019 luncheon meeting.  They will discuss market evolution, trends, drivers and barriers for CHP applications in the Southcentral region. In addition, planning resources for CHP systems available from the Department of Energy will be presented together with case studies for applications that focus on different planning goals, such as cost savings, resilience improvement, etc.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Gavin Dillingham is Program Director for Clean Energy Policy at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Director of the US DOE’s Southcentral and Upper-West CHP TAPs. Dr. Dillingham joined HARC in 2012 where he leads research and program efforts focusing on improving the climate resilience of the electric power infrastructure and built environment. Dr. Dillingham has worked in the clean energy industry for the last twenty years in both the private and public sector. Much of this work focused on climate action planning, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and strategic energy management for large institutions and cities.  His current work at HARC includes studying and developing climate risk mitigation strategies for the public and private sector, climate action decision making and planning, and clean energy finance. Dr. Dillingham received his PhD in Political Science from Rice University in 2008 where he studied policy diffusion and adoption of natural resources policies across U.S. states.

Carlos Gamarra is a Senior Research Associate for Clean Energy Technologies at HARC, and Assistant Director of the US DOE’s South Central Combined Heat and Power TAP. As a researcher, he is currently working on the development of methods and planning tools for the definition of long-term profitability scenarios for electrical microgrids. He also works on data analytics for buildings, being part of HARC’s new certified LEED Platinum building management team, expected to be a certified Net Zero soon.  He has more than 10 years of experience in the design, construction, and optimization of industrial, commercial and residential facilities, renewable power generation plants and power distribution systems.  Carlos obtained the AEE CEM certification and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, a M.Sc. in Occupational Health and Safety and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.  He is a Ph.D. candidate for the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Engineering and Architecture doctoral program at the University of Burgos (Spain), in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

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