This casual walking tour is for those interested in seeing the major sights in DC or meeting other delegates before the start of the conference. We will meet in the lobby at the Capitol Hilton Hotel (16th & K Street) Sunday at 8:30am and set out on foot towards the National Mall. This 3 hour tour will include all of the major buildings and monuments: The White House, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, and US Capitol Building. While we will be taking breaks along the way, this tour will require 5-7 miles of walking. If you planned on walking the sights in DC but wouldn't mind socializing with other delegates while doing it, this tour is for you. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
NOTE: This tour is primarily directed toward students as a source for networking prior to the start of the conference. However, non-students are welcome to participate and network as well.
During this afternoon tour (after the end of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to visit two monitoring centers at FERC.
The Reliability Monitoring Center (RMC) is a reliability based information resource center that gives the staff of the Office of Electric Reliability access to near real-time data and information for the three electric interconnections in the United States. The center provides the means to monitor the reliability status of the Nation’s electric power system in order to provide timely and accurate information to the FERC commissioners and senior staff. The real-time information data is acquired via a high speed communication link to the Internet and powerful PC workstations. Specialized software applications and services provide the staff with the capability to monitor and analyze reliability events.
The Market Monitoring Center (MMC) is an energy market information resource center that gives staff access to a variety of powerful commercially available information services. These services, many of which are the same used by energy traders, provide a broad range of data pertaining to energy markets. Real-time data is acquired via a high-speed communication link to the Internet and powerful PC workstations. High-end
software applications and services provide FERC staff data required to monitor and analyze energy market events.
After the end of the conference the group will gather in the lobby of the Capitol Hilton Hotel (16th & K Street). We will then take the coach to the FERC building. After checking in and going through security we will split into two groups. Group 1 will go to the RMC and Group 2 will go to the MMC. After approximately one-hour of presentations and questions and answers, the groups will switch places. The tour will end at 5:00 p.m. after which time the tour will return to the Capitol Hilton Hotel (16th & K Street).
Due to FERC policy all persons attending must be United States Citizens. Also, no cameras are allowed in the RMC.
Tour capacity: 30 people
Cost: $16 for coach rental
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Departure time: 2:00 p.m.
Estimated Return Time: 5:30 p.m.
This overnight tour will takes us to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, to tour Range Resources' Marcellus shale gas drilling operations.
Gas production in the Appalachian region grew from 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) in January 2008 to 4.2 Bcfd in May 2011, as exploration and production companies moved in to tap the gas reserves locked in the Marcellus Shale formation. Most of the production in Marcellus, which extends from New York to West Virginia, has come from Pennsylvania, where cutting edge technology such as horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and multi-well pads is being used to release the gas trapped in the impermeable shale rock.
We will meet in the lobby of the Capitol Hilton Hotel (16th & K Street) at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 and board the bus. We will then drive approximately 5-hours to Washington, PA and check into our hotel. After checking those who are interested can go to dinner at one of the restaurants at the nearby Meadow Lands Racetrack and Casino. On Thursday morning we will travel 8 miles north for a 9:00 a.m. meeting with Range Resources staff at their offices in Canonsburg, PA. Range staff will lead us in a tour using their own transportation. Lunch will be included in the tour. We will return to the Range offices by mid afternoon, board the bus back to Washington, D.C., and expect to be back at the Capitol Hilton between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Tour capacity: 35 people
Cost: $100 (to cover coach rental to and from the hotel). Participants are responsible for hotel reservations and payment (see Acommodations below), and for Wednesday dinner and other incidentals.
Departure time: Wednesday, October 12, 2:00 p.m.
Estimated Return Time: Thursday October 13, between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Accommodations: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Washington, PA Doubletree Hotel, for $129 + tax, which includes a hot breakfast buffet and up to two people per room. Tour participants are responsible for making their own reservations and paying for their rooms. To receive this rate please identify yourself as a member of the US Association for Energy Economics.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Pittsburgh - Meadow Lands
340 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
To reserve online go to
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh and enter group code 'aee' under the "Special Accounts and Rates".
During this one-day tour we will visit two hydropower facilities on the Susquehanna River, owned by Exelon Power, a unit of Exelon Generation:
The Conowingo Generation Station is a run-of-the-river hydro power plant located on the Susquehanna River in northern Maryland. When the Conowingo Dam was completed in 1928, producing 252 megawatts (MW), it became the second largest hydroelectric project in the United States, behind Niagara Falls. The original plant had 7 turbines and, in 1964, 4 more turbines were added. The water flow of the Susquehanna River provides the fuel for the 11 current turbine generators, with a generation capacity of 572 MW.
The Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility, located in Southern Pennsylvania is used to meet peak demand. The 8-unit power station provides more than 1,071 megawatts (MW) of electricity by damming the Muddy Run ravine from its mouth and using the water in the upper reservoir to run to turn the turbines. As electricity demand decreases, the units are reversed and used as pumps to fill the reservoir for subsequent peak-demand periods. Muddy Run has provided electric power to the regional transmission system since commercial operation began in 1966. At the time, it was the largest pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant in the world. The general plant configuration remains the same as the original construction; however, the turbines and generators have been recently refurbished.
We will leave the Capitol Hilton Hotel (16th & K Street) at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 13 and travel approximately 2-hours north to the Conowingo dam. After touring the facility we will have lunch, and travel approximately ½ hour west to the Muddy Run facility. The tour will be over by 3:00 p.m., and we expect to be back to Washington by 5:00 p.m. The organizers wish to add that the estimated time for arrival back to the hotel is dependent on traffic and other externalities. Those who choose to attend this tour should take notice of the timing and allow ample time if planning a departure from DC this evening.
Tour capacity: 20 people
Cost: $60 (to cover coach rental to and from the hotel)
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Departure time: 7:30 a.m.
Estimated Return Time: 5:00 p.m.