OSIsoft Users Conference 

This is your opportunity to learn more about the PI System and experience all that the conference has to offer. From user presentations to hands-on training, there is something for everyone, and it’s up to you to choose your experience. We have agendas for new PI System Users, established PI System Users, company executives, IT Professionals, Developers and Partners. Learn more

2nd Annual Billington International Cybersecurity Summit

The 2nd Annual Billington International Cybersecurity Summit on March 30, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC will feature over 300 world class cybersecurity decision-makers from allied nations and the US in an intensive day of knowledge exchange and relationship building. This forum will address best practices, cyber norms, information sharing, the latest threat intelligence about advanced persistent threats, critical infrastructure protection and International partnerships. Learn more

Small Wind Conference

The Small Wind Conference had its genesis in 2004 at an informal gathering of wind energy professionals at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual fair. The current SWC coordinating committee and a few more key players saw the need for an event that would support honest, open dialogue between installers and manufacturers of home-scale wind-electric systems. From its “cozy” first conference in 2005 with only 42 participants, the Small Wind Conference has grown into an internationally recognized and highly regarded networking opportunity for everyone who’s anyone in small wind. Learn more

27th Annual Energy Storage Association Conference & Expo

The Energy Storage Association 27th Annual Conference and Expo is the must-attend global event in energy storage. Participate in an expanded conversation about storage and the transformation of the power sector, shape your business, and build new connections. ESA is the voice of the energy storage industry and your participation will help us promote the adoption of competitive and reliable energy storage systems for electric service throughout the United States. Learn more


The annual conference and exhibition from the U.S. wind industry is heading to Anaheim. The conference is hosted by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WINDPOWER is the nexus of wind energy professionals who converge to generate actionable ideas for expanding the wind energy economy through technology, ingenuity, and collaboration. Join us in Anaheim, California from May 22-25! Learn more




The 14-track conference brings industry thought leaders from all over the world opportunities to network, share knowledge and problem solve with worldwide utilities and product and service providers. The topics covered are relevant and timely, answering the current call of the market each year. 520+ companies fill the exhibit hall with information, products and services related to electricity delivery automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, communications technologies, cyber security, water utility technology and more. Learn more

RSA Conference

In the digital world in which we now live, information is a very highly valued commodity. Safeguarding that information, therefore, has become a top priority. RSA Conference’s mission is to connect you with the people and insights that will empower you to stay ahead of cyber threats. We do this through our events in the US, the EMEA region and the Asia-Pacific region and through our digital outreach. However you access our community, RSA Conference is your best resource for exchanging ideas, learning the latest trends and finding the answers you are looking for. Collectively our conferences draw over 45,000 attendees per year, making us the world’s largest provider of security events. However, the real value of RSA Conference lies not in our size, but in the valuable content we provide and our commitment to finding new industry voices and new ways for our community to feel inspired and engaged. Learn more

Distributed Wind Energy Association

The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) is a collaborative group comprised of manufacturers, distributors, project developers, dealers, installers, and advocates, whose primary mission is to promote and foster all aspects of the distributed wind energy industry. Distributed wind, commonly referred to as small and community wind, is the use of typically smaller wind turbines at homes, farms, businesses, and public facilities to off-set all or a portion of on-site energy consumption. Learn more

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its eighth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. Join other energy industry experts, thought leaders, and decision makers at the 2017 Summit to experience first-hand the latest technological advancements across a wide variety of energy sectors and much more! Learn more

SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit

The SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will be held on Tuesday November 29 – December 1, 2016 in Austin, TX. Join leadership from America’s largest angel investment fund, representing over $2.5B of early-stage, high-risk technology funding for small businesses. This is a great networking opportunity to interact with government SBIR/STTR program managers and staff, and industry leaders. Opportunities include 1-on-1 meetings, program sessions, and workshops. Learn more

Solar Business Festival

Solar Business Festival (SBF) is a highly interactive conference and exhibition dedicated to creating a significant solar business platform in Texas, for knowledge sharing and connectivity. SBF 2016 will include strategic & technical industry panel discussions providing latest trends in the solar industry, risk and finance regulation, finding deals in today’s market, community solar, and more. The Solar Business Festival 2016 will be held in Austin, Texas on December 2nd, 2016 at Hilton Austin Hotel.

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Conference details:


San Diego Convention Center

111 W Harbor Dr.

San Diego, CA 92101



October 4-6, 2016

For more visit: http://www.esnaexpo.com

Energy Storage North America

Group NIRE is proud to partner with Energy Storage North America in their upcoming conference this October. This is a prime opportunity for businesses alike to come together to dive into six different energy tracks within the industry. These include: distributed storage, utilities, markets, technology, finance and grid services. There is a wide range of reasons for businesses to attend including a number of 150 speakers, 110 exhibitors and a total of 42 countries that will present at the conference. The diverse range of topics that will be discussed alongside the fact that this conference is the largest grid energy storage event in North America is sure to deliver an experience attendees won’t forget. We look forward to this October in San Diego and hope you can join us!


Advancing Clean Energy On The New Texas Grid

The Texas Renewable Industry Alliance their annual GridNEXT conference November 9-11, 2016 in Georgetown, TX! GridNEXT: Advancing Clean Energy On The New Texas Grid will bring industry and economic development stakeholders together to discover new ways to modernize the electric grid. Join us in Georgetown this November!

Renewable Energy World International

GNIRE is excited to be partnering and attending the Renewable Energy International this December 13-15, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. This conference is one of the leading renewable energy conferences with discussion ranging from various topics such as: biomass, hydro, solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal just to name a few!

With thousands of attendees this is a great opportunity to network for your business and engage in discussion over renewable energy’s future. We hope to see you in Florida this December! Learn more


The annual conference and exhibition fro the U.S. wind industry is heading to New Orleans. The conference is hosted by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WINDPOWER is the nexus of wind energy professionals who converge to generate actionable ideas for expanding the wind energy economy through technology, ingenuity, and collaboration. Join us in New Orleans May 23-26!

Energy Storage Update Conference 2016

Group NIRE is partnering and supports the Energy Storage Update Conference this June 15-16 at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley in San Diego, CA. The conference aims to give attendees insight on the commercialization side of the energy industry to propel different businesses’ technology into the market. There is a diverse group of speakers spanning from different energy companies to public utility commissions that will give a lot of coverage for what is happening in the industry. We look forward for what is to come June 15-16 in San Diego! Learn more

Gulf Coast Power Association’s Spring Conference

The Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) 2016 Annual Spring Conference will be held on Tuesday April 12-13 at the Royal Sonesta in Houston, TX. Pre-conference activities include the Spring Golf Tournament, a half-day workshop and welcome dinner on April 11. Join us in Houston this April!

2nd EVs & the Grid Summit: Transport Meets Power

GNIRE is proudly in partnership with the 2nd EVs & the Grid Summit: Transport Meets Power conference hosted by Infocast April 19-21 in Long Beach, CA at the Long Beach Marriott hotel.

As California strives to tighten their de-carbonization plan, policy-makers and utilities are looking for innovative ways to transform transportation to electrification. This conference pulls together policy-makers, utilities and business to discover new ways of de-carbonizing the world of transport. You don’t want to miss out on this event! Learn more

Windpower Monthly’s Wind Data Forum

Group NIRE’s Director of Project Development, Destiny Vasquez, will be speaking at Windpower Monthly’s Wind Data Forum North America, organized by the Haymarket will take place March 14-16, 2016 in Houston, TX. The conference will cover industry leaders’ hands-on experience using cloud-based solutions to store data and realistic comparisons to physical servers, digging deep into how to correctly use data analysis and probability to enhance wind farm operational performance.

DistribuTECH Conference

Join us in Orlando, Florida Feb. 9-11, 2016 for the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition. DistribuTECH is the utility industry’s leading transmission and distribution conference and exhibition, covering the smart grid, automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.


 2015 Energy Resource Management Conference

Group NIRE will host the Energy Resource Management Conference this September 29-30, 2015. The conference will be filled with the industry’s decision-makers and thought leaders who will give presentations and strike discussion throughout the conference.

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“It will focus on energy asset management across multiple and different generators. Topics will deal with how to combine wind-turbine data with battery data, solar data, PMU data then communicate and analyze it,” Mark Harral, Group NIRE CEO, said.

Oncor will discuss the process of building their microgrid and the lessons learned from this project. DNV GL will also be there to discuss how microgrids can generate a large market opportunity, while Intel will cover how technology can help secure critical infrastructure.

“The two-day conference will feature presentations on microgrids, energy storage, big data, and renewables. Group NIRE is assembling the top players in the industry to find out what is working and where the industry is heading, ” Group NIRE’s Conference Coordinator, Michael Wilson, said.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch for both conference days, access to the cocktail reception the first night, and a tour of Group NIRE’s testing facility at the Reese Technology Center.

For more information visit our conference tab where you can register online, or email our Conference Coordinator, Michael Wilson at michael.wilson@groupnire.com.

Battery Show Exhibition and Conference

Group NIRE’s CEO Mark Harral, is presenting at the Battery Show Exhibition and Conference in Novi, Michigan September 15-17, 2015. Harral will present at the “Aggregation—Is This the Killer App for Energy Storage?” session on Wednesday afternoon.

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This specific event gathers professionals and thought leaders from the battery supply chain, automotive, grid power and consumer electronics industries. The discussions are technology focused with an overall theme to discuss what is driving the demand for energy storage. Speakers will also address how the industry’s research and development decisions can line up to meet future requirements. According to www.thebatteryshow.com, “The Battery Show Exhibition and Conference is a showcase of advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications.”

The Battery Show is in co-location, for the third year, with Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference and Expo at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

NI Week

Group NIRE’S CEO, Mark Harral presented at National Instruments Week on August 3-6, 2015 in Austin, TX. Harral discussed implementing distribution control with a concentration on wind and storage.

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“Group NIRE values the relationship with National Instruments as we continue to upgrade and develop our site utilizing NI products,” Harral said.

Group NIRE has implemented an electric distribution control strategy for an electric grid mainly for wind and energy storage systems successfully at their field site. At NIWeek Harral explained in further detail the processes of Group NIRE’s strategy and how the strategy utilizes various connection points with 9.4MW generators.

According to NI’s website, “NI provides powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation.” NI encourages and helps cultivate innovation and productivity while providing solutions to engineers and scientists.

The Energy Storage Association’s 25th Annual Conference and Expo

Group NIRE’s Conference Coordinator, Michael Wilson, attended the Energy Storage Association’s 25th Annual Conference and Expo May 27-29, 2015.

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IMG_0863The conference took place in downtown Dallas at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The conference attracts over 1,000 industry professionals each year. This includes a variety of market leaders, customers, decision makers and technology innovators to gather. There was international delegations from more than 15 countries at the conference. The event hosted demonstrations of the latest industry innovations, in-depth exploration on advancing storage policy and understanding the electric grid, regulatory markets and lessons learned from storage applications.



AWEA WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition

Group NIRE’s Director of Project Development, Destiny Vasquez, and Legal Counsel for Project Development, Colleen Ferrall, attended AWEA’s WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition this May. The conference allowed thousands of wind energy professionals to network and explore the latest in wind industry knowledge and technological advances.

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“Every year I look forward to attending the AWEA Windpower Conference and meeting with researchers, manufactures and industry leaders. The Conference provides a great opportunity to talk face to face about new technology, current and future projects within the industry,” Vasquez said.

This year the conference was hosted in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center on May 18-21, 2015. AWEA Board Chair Susan Reilly says, “From a networking perspective or from an educational perspective, discovering what’s happening in the industry and what opportunities there are for your business, it’s the event.”



Defense Energy Summit: Cyber Impacts on Energy Security

The Defense Energy Summit gathers the nation’s energy, business and defense leadership to accelerate the development and deployment of new energy and infrastructure solutions for the U.S. military.

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“The defense of the electric grid from cyber security attacks is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. The only way to successfully defend and mitigate cyber security attacks is to understand through field testing the interplay between hardware and software systems,” Group NIRE CEO, Mark Harral said.

In November 2014, the DES hosted a conference in Austin, TX called “Cyber Impacts on Energy Security”, where Group NIRE CEO Mark Harral discussed the cyber security program Group NIRE has developed with Intel, TTU, and CCET. Harral also presented results from Group NIRE’s utility scale battery and its interaction on the electric grid. The purpose of the conference was to bring in experts to discuss cyber security and possible solutions to help eliminate cyber threats on military installations. The overall goal is to advance the nation’s energy infrastructure for the benefit of national security.

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PMU Workshop

Group NIRE in partnership with Texas Tech University hosted an inaugural workshop for Phasor Measurement Units on October 29, 2014. The workshop took place at Texas Tech and lasted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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“The DOE CIASEP grant has created an educational program that allows students to understand how PMUs operate, communicate, and server utilities. This award was crucial in educating the next generation of engineers and energy professionals,” Group NIRE CEO, Mark Harral said.

Group NIRE was responsible for bringing in industry leaders to represent the energy community. Group NIRE was able to do so by assembling a diverse group of speakers from a variety of successful companies. Speakers came from Shweitzer Engineering Labratories Inc., National Instruments, Electric Power Group, Oncor Electric Delivery, and Dr. W. Mack Grady of Baylor University. Discussions covered new concepts, challenges and opportunities for the synchrophasor technology.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Group NIRE and Texas Tech funds for the creation of a synchrophasor based curriculum through the Collaborative Industry-Academic Synchrophasor Engineering Program (CIASEP). Sponsors of the workshop included, the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative, Washington State University, and the MCM Elegante Hotel and Suites.

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Energy Resource Management Consortium Conference

The renewable sector of the energy industry is rapidly changing to adapt to new technologies and to overcome emerging challenges. In response, Group NIRE hosted the 2014 Energy Resource Management Consortium Conference in Lubbock, TX on October 27-28, 2014.

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Guests were invited on a guided tour of Group NIRE’s field test site at the Reese Technology Center, as well as a tour of the Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute’s lab located at the Reese Center. Mark Harral, CEO of Group NIRE, and M. Duane Nellis, President of Texas Tech University, later welcomed conference attendees at a reception and dinner at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center.

Throughout the conference, leading Texas Tech researchers presented the results of their cutting-edge research in the areas of energy storage, cyber security, synchrophasors, wake management strategies, weather forecasting and radars. Additionally, industry partners shared lessons learned in the fields of bio-mass, big data management and solar energy.

The 2014 Energy Resource Management Consortium Conference accelerated global knowledge, capital collaborations, and vital technologies through partnerships between energy industry and higher education. Group NIRE would like to thank all who presented and attended.

SEL Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., invited Group NIRE’s CEO Mark Harral, to present at their third annual Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference held in Houston in June 2014.

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“The Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference brought together leaders from multiple players in the electric industry and allowed attendees to collaboratively discuss key solutions to critical problems facing our industry,” Harral said.

The aim of the conference was to collaborate and encourage the exchange of today’s power systems leaders. Through this collaboration the goal was to simplify and solve the critical issues affecting modern power systems today. Harral presented to leaders from a variety of industries and disciplines on microgrid research Group NIRE has done with Texas Tech.

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Power Across Texas conference Bright Future:

A Glimpse at the Energy Innovations being developed by our Texas Universities

In March of 2014, Power Across Texas invited Group NIRE’s CEO Mark Harral, to be a panelist at their conference, Bright Future: A Glimpse at the Energy Innovations being developed by our Texas Universities in Austin.

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“Power Across Texas conference showcased what multiple Texas Universities are doing to advance the energy industry. The conference allowed attendees to understand how to better interact and work with these universities,” Harral said.

PAT’s mission is to advance the understanding and conversation on issues critical to the energy industry through helping find solutions, learning from experts, exchanging information, networking and connecting with peers and policymakers.

At the conference, Harral revealed the new technology innovations Group NIRE and Texas Tech University have made to advance the energy industry, not only in West Texas but internationally. Panelists came from various Texas universities and ranged in different leadership positions in environmental organizations.

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