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CCET facilitates electric industry, technology company and university collaboration for the purpose of enhancing the safety, reliability, security, and efficiency of the Texas electric transmission and distribution system through research, development and commercialization of emerging technologies.

Board of Directors

CCET: An Overview

In the Fall of 2005 many of the largest electric utilities, technology companies, and educational institutions in Texas recognized the opportunity to work together to help make Texas and the ERCOT electric market a national leader in technological and market innovation. Beginning with four Texas founding companies--AEP Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Freescale Semiconductor, and TXU Energy (now Oncor) - membership today include utilities that own or operate transmission and/or distribution facilities in Texas, retail electric providers, high technology companies, research and development companies that are invested in the commercialization, research, and development of new electric technologies.

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EVENTS

CCET 2014 Webinar Series Jointly with Husch Blackwell

The Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) and Husch Blackwell joinrd forces, offering a series of webinars addressing legal, regulatory and technology solutions for renewable energy integration in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Topics and Dates: All webinars took place from 12 - 1 p.m. Central time

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Battery systems for electric vehicle fleets and ERCOT's ancillary service markets
  • Monday, August 11, 2014 Cyber security protection for synchrophasors and other grid systems
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Utility-scale battery systems for energy storage and wind turbines
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Concentrated rooftop solar and Plug-in Electric Vehicle charging challenges
  • Please click "read more" to see the presenters and listen to the full webinar.

    GCPA Fall Conference 2014

    Monday, September 30th ~ Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

    "SWOT's Happening? Evaluating Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats in Today’s Electric Power Markets" - A one and a half day conference on Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 1. Pre-Conference Activities including Workshop, Golf Tournament and Welcome Dinner on Monday, Sept. 29.

    GCPA Fall Conference 2014 - Pre Conference Workshop Agenda “Emerging Technologies: The Drivers for the Grid of Tomorrow”

    Monday, September 29th ~ 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Milton Holloway, President & COO, CCET, Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies, was the Workshop Chair of the Pre Conference Workshop “Emerging Technologies: The Drivers for the Grid of Tomorrow”. This workshop, focused on emerging technologies, opened with a one-hour session on technologies for wind integration to help meet the challenge of integrating 19GW of wind on the ERCOT grid. Complimenting the first session, the second session dealt with the developing contributions of three types of storage technologies. Finally, the third session dealt with the dynamic world of consumer technologies that drive the promise of active and passive consumer engagement in electric markets.

    Technologies highlighted included:

    • Grid event monitoring at 30x/second plus new grid management tools
    • 120kW, 1.0 MW, 4 MW and 36MW battery resources in Texas
    • First in the nation cybersecurity product for synchrophasor systems on the grid - 317 MW CAES resource
    • The newest consumer gadgets
    • Please click "read more" to see the presenters and view the presentations.

    Wind Resources and the Electric Grid Regional Event

    The 3-Day event will bring Texas and other U.S. technology and policy leaders to West Texas to participate in a discussion of the promises and challenges for wind resources to fully participate in the electric markets.

    Highlights

    • CCET Discovery Across Texas Project Team Meeting
    • Workshop for U.S. Renewables Integration Project Participants
    • CCET Board of Directors Meeting
    • Battery System Dedication

      Please click "read more" to see NEW Battery Dedication uploads.

    CCET/IEEE Region 5 Annual Student Design Contest

    CCET sponsors an Annual Student Design Contest in cooperation with IEEE Region 5. The design challenge represents desired solutions to industry defined real world problems. Thus, the students have the satisfaction of knowing that they are working on a solution to problem faced by the electric utilities and/or green technology industry.

    April 5, 2014 --CCET is launching our Sixth Annual Student Design Competition with IEEE Region 5. This year the students are to design a collaborative system of three appliances (HVAC, clothes dryer and refrigerator) and a conceptual smart grid electric (watt) meter and a smart interface to a wind energy system.

    CCET Projects

    Texas is fortunate to be home to a wealth of energy and technology expertise - an advantage that is the focus of CCET

    CCET has embarked on a number of projects to serve the purposes of the organization and has an ongoing process in place to develop still other projects, all of which are intended to produce innovation in the transmission, distribution, and use of electric energy, the benefits of which will be spread to all sectors of the Texas economy.

    Discovery Across Texas

    Identifying Wind and Energy Solutions Today to Ensure Grid Reliability, Efficiencies for Tomorrow

    U.S. Department of Energy ARRA Smart Grid Demonstration Project — Its goal is to improve the ability to reliably mange the ERCOT grid through better system monitoring capabilities, enhanced operator visualization, and improved load management. The project is focused on technologies to enchance wind resource integration in the ERCOT market.

    AUSTIN, Texas - March 19, 2013 -- Some of the Austin homeowners participating in Pecan Street Inc.'s groundbreaking consumer energy research are about to embark on yet another first: the nation's first side-by-side research trial of the comparative impact and benefits of new pricing models and other tools for shifting electricity use away from periods where the electric grid is strained.

    This new field trial holds enormous promise to create innovative customer benefits, improve air quality and make electric system reliability even better, said Pecan Street Inc. CEO Brewster McCracken.

    Our ability to work with Pecan Street and Frontier Associates to carry out this one-of-a-kind research trial speaks to the energy expertise concentrated in Texas and the unique research capabilities developed by Pecan Street, said CCET's President and COO, Milton Holloway.


    AUSTIN, Texas and SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 19, 2013 -- Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, and Xtreme Power, a privately held Austin, TX company, today announced that they have been selected by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) to install a 1MW/1MWh Lithium Ion based Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) system at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas as part of a Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP). The $27 million demonstration project jointly funded by CCET partners and the US Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 managed by CCET. The SGDP is known as Discovery Across Texas, Technology Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT. BESS will be owned and operated by South Plains Electric Cooperative (SPEC) as one of several project technologies to serve the SGDP objectives of wind integration.


    Texas Triangle Project

    Interlinking travel corridors between the five largest cities in Texas

    U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Initiative - The Texas Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan was a collaboration between: Plug-in Texas; Frontier Associates; Southwestern Economics; ECOtality North America; Dave Tuttle Consulting; Southwest Research Institute; Texas River Cities; Clean Cities coalitions and Technical Advisory Committee comprised of CCET member companies, electric vehicle charging companies, electric vehicle manufacturers, and city officials.

    The geographic scope of this Plan is primarily the triangle created by Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio linked by Interstates 45, 10, and 35, and including the City of Austin. The topical focus of this Plan is recommending actions at the State and local level to reduce barriers to PEV market penetration - particularly in the small and mid-size cities outside of the large metro areas.

    CCET Public Board Meeting

    The January 24 CCET Ex Session Board meeting was rescheduled for March 31 following cancellation of the January meeting due to the ice storm. The focus of the meeting is to continue the discussion begun in December 2013 about CCET priorities and existence in 2015 and beyond. CCET's 3rd QTR Executive and Public Board Meeting was hosted by National Instruments at NIWeek 2014 on August 6th, 2014.