Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST
Price: FREE (presentation deck included)

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Webinar Summary

Driven by growing electricity needs, the share of renewable energy in the U.S. power grid is expected to significantly increase in the coming years and decades. Renewable sources of power play an important role on our electric system. For example at the end of 2012, about 17 percent of Xcel Energy’s power supply came from wind, solar, hydro and biomass resources. Additionally the energy mix has been bolstered by advanced techniques such as gas fired generation.

Xcel Energy with RES Americas and Zpryme will touch upon how an energy mix with advanced practices such as gas fired generation will help the current and future U.S. grid become efficient and reliable.

Webinar Thought Leaders

Rob Morgan

Rob Morgan

Chief Business Development Officer
RES Americas

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Mr. Morgan joined RES Americas as Chief Development Officer in 2013. In 2014, Mr. Morgan became Chief Business Development Officer, where he is responsible for new commercial activities, including sales and marketing across the company’s technology portfolio. He also oversees strategy, corporate communication and market development.

Prior to joining RES Americas, Mr. Morgan came from Agile Energy, a company he co-founded and led for over 9 years. Mr. Morgan has spent 25 years in the global independent power business, including several years with AES Corporation. He was instrumental in building companies such as Agile Energy and Ausra, Inc. by successfully developing, acquiring and operating utility-scale power generating assets with both renewable and conventional technologies.

He has a successful track record in all aspects of the project development cycle, including site identification and acquisition, securing interconnection and transmission rights, permitting, PPA and fuel supply negotiation, EPC and technology selection and contracting. Mr. Morgan has worked throughout North America and led operating businesses in the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan), Chile and El Salvador. Across continents, he has raised more than $2 billion in project and corporate finance capital.

Jim Hill

Jim Hill

Director, Resource Planning
Xcel Energy

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Jim serves as the director of resource planning for Xcel Energy’s Public Service Company of Colorado operating company. Jim has a a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. As the director of resource planning Jim has the responsibility for overseeing the Company competitive resource acquisition processes as well as the various technical analyses on the resource options that are available to Public Service Company of Colorado for meeting customer demand. Jim has served as an expert witness for the Company in multiple dockets before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

ModeratorChristine Richards

Christine Richards

Sr. Research Advisor

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Christine Richards is a researcher whose expertise includes the use of smart technologies in the utility industry and communities. Christine is currently a senior research advisor for Zpryme, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver.

Prior to these roles, Christine worked at Energy Central as a research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the company’s Intelligent Utility division, and the founding editor-in-chief of Intelligent Utility magazine. She has also worked with IDC Energy Insights as a senior research analyst for its intelligent grid practice.

About RES Americas

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. The company employs more than 275 full-time professionals working throughout North America, has a construction portfolio of more than 6,500 MW of renewable energy, and offers a full suite of development and construction services for wind, solar, and transmission projects. RES Americas’ corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer. For more information, please visit