Solar Austin Happy Hour series: Serious Solar in San Antonio
Serious Solar in San Antonio
Panel Discussion @ 6:30 PM
Cris Eugster, CPS Energy, Exec VP & Chief Sustainability Officer
Laurence Doxsey, City of San Antonio, Director of Environmental Policy (former Sustainability Officer for City of Austin)
Lanny Sinkin, Solar San Antonio, Executive Director
MODERATOR: Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy
San Antonio has been on quite a roll: CPS Energy rated #1 municipal utility in U.S. for solar installations 2010; 500% growth in rooftop solar 2011; 400 MW solar purchase creating at least 800 local manufacturing jobs announced 2012. Come hear from top experts the What, Why & How of San Antonio’s surging solar success.
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Executive Director of Solar San Antonio
Lanny Sinkin is Executive Director of Solar San Antonio, a non-profit organization promoting the implementation of solar energy in San Antonio. Lanny was born in San Antonio and received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, where he also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Venezuela. He later received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as Executive Director of the Urban Coalition of Metropolitan San Antonio in the early 1970s, where his father served as Chairman. He co-founded the Aquifer Protection Association with his mother, Fay Sinkin and coordinated a city-wide initiative that put the first aquifer protection measure on the ballot in 1976. He co-founded Citizens Concerned About Nuclear Power and represented citizens in the licensing hearings for the South Texas Nuclear Projects, Units 1 and 2. Much of his life has been spent engaged in issues of importance to the community. His legal career has involved litigation to protect the environment and civil rights. Lanny now serves as the Executive Director of Solar San Antonio.
W. Laurence Doxsey
Director, Office of Environmental Policy
City of San Antonio
Laurence Doxsey is the Director of the City of San Antonio's Office of Environmental Policy. The Office of Environmental Policy is designated to be a lead facilitator in the City’s efforts toward incorporating sustainable practices within City operations and at the community level. His office spearheads multiple programs and policy work in support of the City’s sustainability vision, Mission Verde. Doxsey is Principal Investigator for over $40M in grant programs providing free weatherization; commercial and residential energy retrofits; municipal energy and water retrofits; tree planting; EV infrastructure and conversions; solar installations; bike share system, infrastructure, safety campaign, and master plan; Green training programs , and a Mission Verde Center. His responsibilities include Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP) program review and energy code updates designed to reach the goal of net zero carbon new construction by 2030. Doxsey formerly worked at the City of Austin in the start up of the Green Building Program and subsequently served as Sustainability Officer.
Cris Eugster, PhD
Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Cris Eugster is the Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned electric and gas utility. He leads the transformation of CPS Energy into a New Energy utility comprised of a low-emission generation portfolio with significant natural gas, wind, and solar components, in addition to large scale energy efficiency programs and innovative smart grid solutions. Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston, reporting to Mayor Bill White. Previously, Cris was a Partner with McKinsey & Company an international management consulting firm. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.