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EPIcenter Global Lecture Series IV

May 14, 2019 | 5:30-8:00pm | Carlos Alvarez Black Box Theater, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX

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“Thirst for Power”

...a documentary film in its San Antonio premier followed by a panel discussion featuring:

- Dr. Michael Webber, Author of Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival
- Dr. Cris Eugster, COO, CPS Energy
- Robert Puente, President and CEO, SAWS
- Mat Hames, Director of "Thirst for Power", Alpheus Media

and moderated by:
- John Huffaker, Client Delivery Executive, ITRON

Click HERE to enjoy the film's trailer.

WHAT: Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, explores the history of civilization's quest to procure abundant water and energy -- from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America's vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The film explores our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources. The documentary is adapted from Dr. Michael E. Webber's book "Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival." Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, both the book and the documentary identify a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
5:30 pm - Doors Open/Reception
6:00 pm - Welcome and Screening
7:00 pm - Moderated Panel
8:00 pm - Event Concludes

Carlos Alvarez Black Box Theater
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium CIRCLE San Antonio, TX


Dr. Michael Webber -  Dr. Michael E. Webber is based in Paris, France where he serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber is also the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Texas at Austin. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future. A successful entrepreneur, Webber was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018 by Probility Media.

Dr. Cris Eugster
– As CPS Energy’s Chief Operating Officer, Eugster is responsible for the municipally owned utility’s overall operations and strategy, including the integration of new technologies and the development of new products and services for CPS Energy customers. Cris Eugster is the Chairman of the Board of EPIcenter.

Robert Puente
- Robert R. Puente, San Antonio Water System's President and CEO since May 2008, leads one of the nation's largest utilities delivering water and wastewater services to over 1.8 million consumers. SAWS has earned several state and national recognitions and awards, including: induction to the Leading Utilities of the World, the National Association Of Clean Water Agencies' 2016 Public Information and Education Agency Achievement Award - Educational Program; the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's 2016 Texas Environmental Excellence Award – Education; Top Workplace Award five times in the past seven years, as well as several other operational awards and recognitions.

Mat Hames
-Mat Hames is an Emmy winning director, writer and producer, known for his two PBS Independent Lens documentaries What Was Ours (2017) and When I Rise (2010) and for his documentary series for Rooster Teeth, RTDocs. His films have screened at SXSW, HotDocs, and on SundanceTV.  When I Rise (2010)was nominated for an IDA Award in the category of Best Music Documentary. Hames co-directed Fighting Goliath narrated and produced by Robert Redford which aired nationally on SundanceTV and PBS. His directorial debut was Last Best Hope, a film about the Belgian Resistance and escape lines during WWII, for which he was knighted by Belgian King Albert II. He is a co-founder of Austin, Texas based non-fiction production company Alpheus Media. 

John Huffaker
- John Huffaker is Itron’s Client Delivery Executive, based in San Antonio, Texas, responsible for working with Itron customers in Texas and Oklahoma. Previously, he was responsible for commercial development of large-scale solar projects and new renewable technology deployment in Texas and California. In his earlier roles, John was based in Moscow, Russia as President of the AES subsidiary, AES Silk Road, responsible for 15 energy (power/heat generation and distribution) businesses in the former Soviet Union.

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Global Lecture Series III

Powering Transformation: German and US Perspectives

February 25, 2019 | 6-8pm | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | 100 Auditorium CIRCLE, San ANtonio, TX

EPIcenter's Global Lecture Series III is entitled "Powering Transformation: German and US Perspectives" and is the featured evening program on the first day of the
City of the Future Conference. The conference will be held February 25-26, 2019, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

Utilities across the globe are engaging innovative technologies that affect the ways their customers and communities will function in the future. Europe and the United States have approached these opportunities in a variety of ways. This event will compare and contrast the approaches of two globally recognized municipally owned utilities, one in Germany and the other in the United States, in terms of smart city initiatives, renewables/decarbonization, and mobility/transportation. It is the third in EPIcenter's Global Lecture Series, a program launched in 2018 to bring global new energy thought leaders to San Antonio. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required (see below.) Light bites and libations will be served.

Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff, Chair & CEO,
Entega, Darmstadt, Germany

Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO
CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas

Kimberly Britton, CEO
EPIcenter, San Antonio, Texas

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:             Monday, February 25, 2019
                        6:00 pm Doors Open/Reception
                        6:30 pm Program and Q&A
                        8:00 pm Event Concludes
WHERE:           Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

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Global Lecture Series II

How the Grid is Changing and Why You Should Care

December 3, 2018 | 6-8pm | Chapman Hall | Trinity University

Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer,
Smart Electric Power Alliance

Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer,
CPS Enegy

sponsored by
EPIcenter Board of Directors

EPIcenter presented a dynamic discussion about the ways the electric power grid is changing and why business owners and the public should pay attention. This informal “fireside chat” included commentary on the energy sector’s stewarding of the grid and how customers will be more empowered in the future. The event was the second in EPIcenter’s Global Lecture Series, a program launched earlier in 2018 to bring global new energy thought leaders to San Antonio.

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Global Lecture Series I

What's fueling the clean energy economy? National trends and local opportuNity

june 28, 2018 | 6-8pm | Geekdom event centre | 131 Soledad street

Lynn Abramson, PhD, President,
Clean Energy Business Network

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In June 2018, EPIcenter introduced a new lecture series that brings global new energy thought leaders to San Antonio. The first lecture was provided by Lynn Abramson, PhD, President of the Clean Energy Business Network, who examined national trends and local opportunities in the new energy economy.

Renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas represent the growth sectors of the U.S. energy economy. Renewable energy and natural gas now account for half of electricity generation across the U.S.--and more than 60% in Texas. Thanks to efficiency improvements, GDP has been growing without a corresponding increase in energy use. Meanwhile, on average, U.S. households are devoting a smaller share of their total household budgets towards electricity than at any time ever recorded. How can Texas--and San Antonio in particular--leverage its existing energy leadership to create new economic opportunities in these growth sectors? This conversation with Dr. Abramson examined trends and opportunities at the national scale and in Texas fueling the clean energy economy.

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Andi N. Littlejohn
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