Re-Energize the Americas–Focus on Border Energy, Water and Economic Development

The Water-Energy Nexus

Over two hundred attendees are expected at next week’s Re-Energize the Americas conference being held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  The event being held on October 17-18 will not only focus on important facets of energy issues, including most aspects of conventional and alternative energy important to the border region, but will discuss the important interlinks between energy and water as well as opportunities for innovative economic development critical to the Americas.  Panels and speakers will focus on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Market Assessment of Energy and Distributed Renewable Generation
  • Regional Energy Policy Issues
  • Renewable Energy Generation Projects in the Region
  • Military Installation Water and Energy Projects
  • Water and Energy Issues
  • Oil and Gas Industry and Economic Development
  • Regional Capacities in Advanced Energy Engineering R&D
  • Cyber Security for Distributed Renewable Generation and Smart Grids
  • Regional Energy and Water Financing and Investments
  • Renewable Energy Potential in the Southwest and Across the Border
  • Energy Security in Electric Power Grids: Utility, Community, Military Micro-Grids
  • Technology Company Incubation and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development


President and CEO of Spectra

Ms. Julie Dill

Heading the list of keynote speakers at the event is Julie Dill, president and chief executive officer for Spectra Energy Partners, LP, the $3 billion master limited partnership formed by Spectra Energy. Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP), one of North America’s premier natural gas infrastructure master limited partnerships, owns and operates fee-based natural gas pipeline and storage businesses. SEP operates over 3,200 miles of natural gas pipelines, capable of transporting up to 3.6 billion cubic feet per day, and approximately 57 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage.

DAS of the Army Richard Kidd

Also keynoting at the conference is Mr. Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy & Environment.  In this capacity he is responsible for the overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the U.S. Army. As the Army’s Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Kidd coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies. As such he has a unique understanding of the energy and water issues at such regional military installations as Ft. Bliss and White Sands Missile Range which play a key role in the Army’s future plans for alternative energy and sustainable water usage.

Other Speakers include:

  • Secretary of Economic Development for the State of Chihuahua

    Alberto Chretin

    Alberto  Chretin, Secretary of Economy of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico

  • Colin M. Coyne, Managing Principal Coyne Group
  • John Peichel, Global Technology Leader GE Water & Process Technologies
  • Marty Howell, Sustainability and Energy Manager City of El Paso
  • Jon Barela, Economic Development Secretary of New Mexico
  • Robert Brumley, CEO, Pegasus Global Holdings
  • Dr. Abbas Ghassemi, Executive Director Institute for Energy and Environment
    New Mexico State University
  • Dr. Ralph  Martinez, RCES Center at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Duncan Wood, Senior Advisor of Mexico’s Renewable Energy Institute
  • Dr. Jim Peach, Regents Professor of Economics and International Business
    New Mexico State University

The conference is meant for not only experts in the fields being covered but for interested individuals and companies with a strong awareness of international/regional policy, looking for a concentrated set of discussions concerning these critical issues for our border and our national and international partners.  This event will be well worth the price of admission.–Paul Maxwell

The Re-Energize the Americas Conference is held annually and is organized by the University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University and the Paso del Norte Group.


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