First Wave of ETS18 Sponsors Announced – Press Release

First Wave of ETS18 Sponsors Announced – Press Release

Zpryme is pleased to announce CPS Energy, National Grid, CGI, NiSource, U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), EPRI, Big Data Energy, Utilligent, and Customized Energy Solutions (CES) as sponsors for Energy Thought Summit 2018 (ETS18) in Austin, Texas, March 26-29, 2018.

The next round of sponsors will be announced to help further the discussion around this year’s theme, Dream in Digital, in the coming weeks.  As we Dream in Digital, at ETS18, we’ll explore the contradictions in humanizing technology as we dream of a world blanketed by sensors, communications, data and autonomous systems to deliver greater reliability, efficiency and sustainability.

“We want to continue to make ETS18 the leading platform for bold ideas and collaborative partnerships in the energy industry”, said Jason Rodriguez, CEO and co-founder of Zpryme. “We are proud and thankful to have sponsors that help us build a creative experience that fosters innovation in the industry.”

“Technology and decarbonization will continue changing how information and energy is consumed,” said Badar Khan, President, National Grid Ventures and Global Head of Corporate Development. “We as an industry need to accelerate in order to exceed customers’ expectations with clean energy solutions. ETS18 is the perfect forum to address these challenges.”

ETS18 Confirmed Thought Leaders

  • Tom Fanning, President and CEO, Southern Company
  • Pat Vincent-Collawn is Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources
  • Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO, CPS Energy
  • Thomas Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute
  • Audrey Zibleman, CEO, AEMO
  • Arlen Orchard, GM & CEO, SMUD
  • Joseph Hamrock, President & CEO, NiSource
  • Anda Ray, SVP of External Relations & Technical Resources and Chief Sustainability Officer, EPRI
  • Nick Akins, President & CEO, AEP
  • Jackie Sargent, GM, Austin Energy
  • Margaret (Peggy) M. Smyth, U.S. CFO, National Grid
  • Bill Magness, President & CEO, ERCOT
  • Larry Weiss, GM and CEO, Seattle City Light
  • Lorraine Akiba, Commissioner, Hawaii PUC
  • Badar Khan, President, National Grid Ventures & EVP Corporate Development, National Grid
  • Sadzi Oliva, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Robin Beinfait, CEO, Emnovate, former CIO of Blackberry & Chief Enterprise Officer of Samsung
  • Julia Hamm, President & CEO, SEPA
  • Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA
  • Michael Britt, VP Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Carlos Nouel, VP New Energy Solutions, National Grid
  • Jeff Bailey, Vice President, CGI
  • Helen Burt, Chief Customer Officer, Utilligent
  • Chris Shelton, VP & Chief Technology Officer, AES
  • Lawrence Jones, VP, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute

ETS18 // Dream in Digital

What’s less human than digital, but what’s more human than dreaming? These contradictions come together as we dream of a world blanketed by sensors, communications, data and autonomous systems to deliver greater reliability, efficiency and sustainability. But what will it take to really make this dream happen? And when will we arrive? Furthermore, what do these changes mean for humans? For energy? Is it good? And what do they mean for relationships between customers and their utilities?

ETS18 Advisory Committee

  • Lorraine Akiba, Commissioner, Hawaii PUC
  • Nancy Bui-Thompson, Board Member, SMUD
  • Kathleen Baireuther, Manager, Mobility Strategy, RMI
  • HG Chissell, CEO and Founder, Advanced Energy Group
  • Todd Horsman, Senior Director of Strategy & Product Development, CPS Energy
  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, Northbridge Energy Partners & Writer, Forbes
  • Ian Mcleod, Head of Smart Energy and Digital Asset Management
  • Peter Muhoro, VP, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis, NRUCFC
  • Karl Popham, Manager of Emerging Technologies and EV’s, Austin Energy
  • Christine Richards, Chief Content Officer and VP of Research, Zpryme

 Zpryme // About

Residing in Austin, Texas, Zpryme is a research-based firm with services focused on energy. Based on the creative direction of our associates we produce ETS,, and premium branding experiences that challenge the status quo. Learn more at

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