29th USAEE Conference
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TECHNICAL TOURS

Tour Pecan Street's Pike Power Commercialization Lab & Smart Grid Demonstration Project at Mueller Community
Tour capacity: 50 people
Price: $25 (to cover coach rental for transportation)
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Departure time from Sheraton Hotel: 1:00pm
Estimated return time to Hotel: 3:30pm
Dress Code: Casual

The Pecan Street's Pike Powers Commercialization Lab is a one-of-a-kind lab which is designed to help researchers and companies understand how customers might interact with a "smart" electricity grid of the future. The lab is an industry-caliber facility where Pecan Street Inc., the University of Texas researchers, and students can collaborate with the private sector on cutting-edge applied research in consumer-focused smart grid, wireless, IT, clean energy and healthcare applications. The lab will promote technology commercialization, educational opportunities, and provide testing facilities to test new technologies and novel configurations before testing occurs in homes. In addition, the lab provides access to Pecan Street data as well as UT's advanced Computing Center to its members.

In this tour we will visit the Lab's Commercialization and Education Center where home and office equipment will be showcased. The Lab also offers testing capabilities to support a wide range of consumer solutions testing scenarios. Furthermore, we will visit the Testing Center where we can observe the battery, fuel cell, automotive, and metering technologies.

Pecan Street Inc. is planning to test systems in up to 1,000 residences and 75 businesses in and around the Mueller community that will include:

  • distributed clean energy
  • energy storage technologies
  • smart grid water and smart grid irrigation systems
  • smart appliances
  • plug-in electric vehicles
  • advanced meters and home energy management systems
  • green building
  • new electricity pricing models

To learn more about this project please watch the video:

http://www.pecanstreet.org/videos/?tubepress_video=0iCmCVKZMs0

After touring the lab facility, we will drive through the Mueller Community which is a newly-built mixed-use, sustainable urban neighborhood, located three miles from downtown Austin. This mini-city is a LEED- ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development) with the world's first (LEED-platinum) hospital, many green-built stores and office buildings and more than 4900 planned homes.


Movie:  SWITCH
Price: Complimentary
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Location:  Sheraton Austin Hotel, Capitol Ballroom D
time:  7:00pm -9:00pm

Switch is coming to theaters in major markets September 2012, but you can see it at our very own preview screening.

Switch is a groundbreaking film on the future of energy, featuring Dr. Scott Tinker. It's the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by fossil and renewable energy companies, environmental groups, government agencies, universities and the general public alike.  

It's part of the Switch Energy Project, a film, web and education effort designed to lead a balanced national energy conversation.  It includes:  the film, a huge video-based and data-supported website that will be one of the web’s foremost energy resources; and an elementary, middle and high school education program of videos and curricula co-developed with the American Geological Institute.  The project is produced by Arcos Films and directed by Harry Lynch.

Efficiency makes everything better.  It plays across every sector, and every energy type.  And it’s doable right now.  Efficiency is the place to start, and we need to start today.

Join us for a private viewing of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival’s Winner Best of Fest.

For further details on this movie please visit the official SWITCH website.


Tour Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Control Room
Tour capacity: 25 people
Price: $45 (to cover coach rental for transportation and box lunch)
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Departure time from Sheraton Hotel: 12:45pm
Estimated return time to Hotel: 4:00pm
Dress Code: Casual

The group will meet at the Sheraton Hotel lobby at 12:45pm to depart by coach transportation to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator of Texas at Taylor. The facility is about 35 miles from the hotel. A boxed lunch will be served on the bus. After going through security, we will visit the Control Room. The tour is approximately a one and a half hour presentation with a question and answer session. We will return to the Sheraton Hotel at approximately 4:00pm.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 23 million Texas customers - representing 85 percent of the state's electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects 40,500 miles of transmission lines and more than 550 generation units. ERCOT also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 6.6 million premises in competitive choice areas.

ERCOT's members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities (transmission and distribution providers), and municipal-owned electric utilities.

ERCOT's security department requires, well in advance of the tour, a list of those who will attend. Along with this, any foreign nationals in the group must also provide their corresponding passport information. This security protocol allows for a more expedient check-in at the time of the tour, as well as allows for background checks that are necessary to meet homeland security policies, the ERCOT operations center being part of the nation's critical infrastructure. Due to ERCOT policy all persons attending must have picture identification cards. No cameras are allowed in the ERCOT.


Workshop: Unconventional Gas and Oil
Workshop capacity: 40-50 people
Price: $75.00 for conference registrants / $100.00 for non-registrants
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Location: Sheraton Hotel - Creekside Room

Objective

The primary goal of the workshop is to inform engineers & energy economists, policy makers, legal practitioners, regulators and energy market analysts of some of the technical issues surrounding the development of unconventional oil and gas resources. Since we intend to emphasize discussion and feedback, we anticipate that the presenters may be geological engineers who would value understanding the types of technical questions that energy economists, policy makers and energy market analysts most want answered.

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SOCIAL TOURS

Lady Bird Lake Trail Hiking
Tour capacity: 100 people
Price: Complimentary
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Departure time from Sheraton Hotel: 8:30am
Estimated return time to Hotel: 10:30am
Dress Code: Comfortable Walking clothes and shoes

This tour is hiking alongside Lady Bird Lake which is one of the most popular places for scenic hiking and biking. The group will leave Sheraton Lobby at 8:30am and will return around 10:30am. This tour will require about 4 miles of walking; comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A few members of the Central Texas Association for Energy Economics Chapter will be your tour guides.

 

 


Opening Reception at the Oasis, Lake Travis
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 4:15pm - 8:30pm
Price: Complimentary to all Registered Delegates

Join us Sunday afternoon for absolutely one of the best social events in the history of the North American conference. We will travel by bus to beautiful Lake Travis to see what most believe is the best place in North America to view the sunset (5:42pm) - all from the balcony of the Oasis restaurant. We have secured exclusive access to the "Top of the Oasis" room which offers a commanding view of the lake. Enjoy the Opening reception with cocktails and western flare finger foods while watching the sunset across beautiful Lake Travis. Afterwards mingle with new and old friends in the serene ambiance and cozy atmosphere of the Oasis. Visit the curved, natural stone bar with granite countertops and stone columns that climb to the ceiling -- or remain on the deck in the soothing and refreshing lake breeze.

After sunset our energy themed Networking Dinners will offer a traditional Texas style barbeque buffet.

The Oasis is also the venue for the Student Happy Hour - we hope to see all students in attendance at this special get acquainted event prior to the start of the conference.

Two bus shifts will shuttle delegates to the Oasis from the Sheraton Hotel. The first set of buses will depart the hotel at 4:15pm for those that wish to view the sunset and opening reception. The second set of buses will depart the hotel at 5:15pm for those who wish only to attend the Networking Dinner at the Oasis. Buses will begin transferring delegates back to the Sheraton starting at 7:30pm.

Make sure to make your plans to arrive early in Austin on Sunday, November 4 to take in this special evening at the Oasis on Lake Travis. You must indicate on your conference registration form which bus you would like to take to the Oasis.

To view the restaurant's webpage, please click here.

For a slideshow of the Oasis Restuarant's sunsets, please click here.


Movie:  SWITCH
Price: Complimentary
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Location:  Sheraton Austin Hotel, Capitol Ballroom D
time:  7:00pm -9:00pm

Switch is coming to theaters in major markets September 2012, but you can see it at our very own preview screening.

Switch is a groundbreaking film on the future of energy, featuring Dr. Scott Tinker. It's the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by fossil and renewable energy companies, environmental groups, government agencies, universities and the general public alike.  

It's part of the Switch Energy Project, a film, web and education effort designed to lead a balanced national energy conversation.  It includes:  the film, a huge video-based and data-supported website that will be one of the web’s foremost energy resources; and an elementary, middle and high school education program of videos and curricula co-developed with the American Geological Institute.  The project is produced by Arcos Films and directed by Harry Lynch.

Efficiency makes everything better.  It plays across every sector, and every energy type.  And it’s doable right now.  Efficiency is the place to start, and we need to start today.

Join us for a private viewing of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival’s Winner Best of Fest.

For further details on this movie please visit the official SWITCH website.


UT- Longhorn Football -Home Game

The University of Texas Longhorn and the Iowa State Cyclones game is scheduled for Saturday Nov 10, 2012, at Darrell K. Royal - TX Memorial Stadium at Austin.

To purchase your ticket please visit the following link: http://www.ticketliquidator.com/tix/tickets.aspx?evtid=1831537&utm_medium=3077930&utm_source=cjid&cjid=3077930

 

 

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