Tours / Special Events

New Yorker Hotel Power Generating Plant Tour

Location: New Yorker Hotel

Date:  Sunday June 15 (tours start at 2, 3, and 4pm) and Thursday June 19 (tours start at 9 and 10am)

Price: $10

Tour starts in the Brooklyn Suite, located below the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel lobby.  Take escalator downstairs from lobby.

On 8th Avenue in Manhattan, thirty feet below street level, with the iconic New Yorker Hotel rising above us, my guide, Joe Kinney, opened the door to the generating room. What a sight! Before us stood a marvelous mix of world class electrical engineering and remnants of a 1920s experiment in on-site heat and power generation. The New Yorker Hotel, the site of the 2014 IAEE international conference, is a special place for energy enthusiasts. When it opened its doors eighty three years ago, it boasted the largest privately owned DC generating plant in the United States and for ten years at the end of his life, the "father of electricity", Nikola Tesla was resident here.

At the IAEE conference (June 15th-19th) delegates will be able to tour the multi-level subterranean world of the New Yorker viewing the original machinery and the new CHP plant that our guide Kinney oversaw installation of in the mid 1990s. Kinney is a human encyclopedia of the hotel's history and he will be manning a temporary museum at the conference to display memorabilia from the past (ranging from plant operating manuals from the 1930s to celebrity endorsements of the hotel in the 1960s).

The conference organizing committee is also finalizing plans for a technical tour of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the trading floor and hear from veteran energy traders about life at the exchange and how technology is revolutionizing the trading environment. This is a great field trip for energy buffs and an opportunity to see a form of energy trading that might not be with us much longer.

And of course, don't forget the city itself; from the iconic Con Edison manhole covers and steam funnels lining the sidewalks to the Manhattan skyline and brilliance of Times Square, New York is a city full of energy, both literal and figurative. Join us there in June 2014.

Workshop: The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities

Location: The New Yorker Hotel - Gramercy Park Suite

Date:  Wednesday, June 18 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Price: $100/conference attendees and $125/non-conference attendees


The Department of Energy is pursuing work in the water-energy nexus because the nexus is integral to both energy security and climate change policy. This presentation will discuss the relationship between energy and water flows across the U.S. economy, future trends that may affect this relationship, and the patchwork of factors that affect relevant decision-making at multiple scales. It will discuss research and development opportunities to address technical challenges across the nexus in water for energy, energy for water, and integrated systems. Needs in data, modeling, and analysis to support better understanding and improved decision-making will also be addressed as well as:

  • An overview of our interconnected water and energy systems
  • An examination of how climate change and other future trends may affect the relationship between water and energy
  • A discussion of the patchwork of factors that influence relevant decision-making at multiple scales
  • A description of research and development opportunities to address technical challenges across the nexus
  • A description of needs in data, modeling, and analysis to support better understanding and improved decision-making.

NYMEX Technical Tour

Location: NYMEX World Headquarters, One North End Ave., NYC 10282

Date:  Thursday June 19 – 9:00am – 11:00am

Price: $40

Limit: 40 delegates

Delegates make their own way to the NYMEX Building.  Plan to arrive by 8:45am.  Meet Ben Schlesinger in the lobby of NYMEX Building

One of the world's first and most famous commodities exchanges, the NYMEX division of CME Group was founded in 1872, and has since grown to become the top energy commodities exchange globally, with more than 1,000 energy futures, swaps and other contracts. The world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group was formed from the merger of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) in 2007. CME Group acquired the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and the Commodity Exchange of New York (COMEX) in 2008. The Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBOT) was acquired by CME Group in 2012.

The tour will begin promptly at the start of the day's floor trading. Delegates will have a bird's eye view from the Visitor's Gallery of the world-famous trading floor, successor to the trading venue featured in the film Trading Places, where energy futures trading all began with the heating oil contract in 1978. The operation of the CME Globex electronic trading platform, which accounts for the majority of exchange trading activity, will also be discussed. The tour will include a brief guided visit to NYMEX's museum, containing exhibits that trace the history of the derivatives industry, NYMEX operations, evolving technologies, and major milestones. Delegates will participate in an in-depth discussion session at the museum with energy economists with the Research and Product Development Division of CME Group.