This year, GreenTech Media hosted their annual Power and Renewables Summit on November 13th and 14th in Austin. It was my first time attending the event, and it was a great experience that opened my eyes and allowed me to truly meet and delve into the world of renewable energy.
I first heard of the Power and Renewables Summit through CleanTX, and I was ecstatic to be able to join. After I signed up for the event, I was welcomed with a jublia link, which is a site that allows you to set up meetings with others. I created an account and was able to search for others who were going to the summit and request to meet up with them for a chat. There were a range of people from recruiters at companies like Tesla and Xcel to other students that were also passionate about clean technology and the future of clean energy.
Going to the event was simple, as the event was right next to the University of Texas, at the AT&T Conference Center. I signed in on a tablet, and my nametag was printed out and put on a lanyard. I then went upstairs to join the event. I definitely felt out of place at first, since many of the event-goers were people who had been in the energy sector for years. Tables and booths were set up for different companies such as Wood Mackenzie Power & Research, and a large conference room was set up for the speakers. I had class and was not able to go to all of the presentations, but the ones that I did listen to were informative and had many great follow-up questions. One of my favorite talks was about how we could possibly have a more decentralized grid and how that could help and be an alternative to our energy grid today.
Overall, the Power and Renewables Summit was a great event to go to. If you are someone who has been in the renewables industry for a long time, or even someone like me who wants to somehow break into the industry, this is definitely a great place to start and immerse yourself. The summit is two days of networking and learning more about the everchanging and fast-paced renewable sector, and will be back again next year!