10 Top Reasons to Attend the 31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference in Austin, Texas - November 4-7, 2012

Conference Program Co-Chairs:

Mina Dioun


Dioun Energy Consultants (Austin, Texas)


Peter Nance

Senior Principal,

Teknecon Energy Risk Advisers (Austin, Texas)

On behalf of Conference Program Committee we invite you to visit the scenic, hilly, and unique city of Austin, Texas to attend the

31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference.

10 Top Reasons to Attend the 31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference in Austin, Texas on November 4-7, 2012

Mina Dioun and Peter Nance

Conference Program Co-Chairs


This year's conference theme entitled; Transition to Sustainable Energy Era:  Opportunities and Challenges endeavors to continue to set standards in fostering a broader conversation on major energy topics.

This informative and very remarkable conference will take place on November 4-7, 2012 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel.

There are numerous reasons you should attend but we would like to highlight our top 10:

No. 1 - The Austin 2012 conference provides a unique opportunity to catch up with current topics that span the breadth of energy economics. It will also provide many great venues for networking with USAEE/IAEE colleagues from around the world.

No. 2 - The Conference Program Committee with the help of the Central Texas Association for Energy Economics Chapter and USAEE Houston Chapter has planned an outstanding conference program including single and dual plenary sessions with many distinguished moderators, speakers, and great luncheon speakers.

No. 3- Perhaps 140 papers will be presented at more than 35 concurrent sessions.  For the first time, this year you are invited to present case studies on applied energy economics topics in the concurrent sessions. All Abstracts have a submission deadline of May 31st, 2012

No. 4- Students have many opportunities to gain recognition for their work.  You can choose to submit an Abstract for the concurrent sessions, or participate in the Best Student Paper Award program, with a top prize of $1000 and up to nine additional student awards with a prize of $500 each may be awarded.

No. 5- Students can also compete for a cash prize in the Student Poster Session. The poster session provides students with an opportunity to present their research to a wide range of industry professionals in a short time. Preparing a poster also requires students to pare down the description of their research approach and results, which is very good discipline for producing a better research paper.

No. 6- A memorable kick-off event is planned for Sunday afternoon Nov 4th.  The venue is The Oasis on Lake Travis, a restaurant destination with one of the best sunset views in North America.  The opening reception will feature Texas-style cocktails and finger foods during the sunset.  After sunset, we will have a complimentary energy themed Networking Dinners with traditional Texas style barbeque buffets.  The Oasis is also the venue for the Student Happy Hour providing an opportunity to get acquainted with each other prior to the start of the conference.

No.7- Conference delegates can participate in two fantastic technical tours:

  • An optional tour of Pecan Street’s Pike Power Commercialization Lab and Mueller Community scheduled for Sunday Nov 4th at 1:00 pm provides an opportunity to learn about the nation’s leading smart grid demonstration project.  Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a research and development organization focused on developing and testing advanced technology, business model and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems. Simply put, the goal is to help reinvent America’s electric system.
  • An optional tour of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Control Room beginning on Wednesday Nov 7th at 1:00 pm will allow delegates to learn more about an ISO with a 2011 peak demand in excess of 68,000 MW.  ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects 40,500 miles of transmission lines and manages more than more than 550 generation units including approximately 10,000 MW of intermittent wind generation capacity.   It manages the flow of electric power to 23 million customers – representing 85 percent of the state’s electric load.     ERCOT also helps facilitate one of the largest retail choice programs in North America. Spaces on the ERCOT tour are limited, so remember to book early.
  • For delegates more interested in oil and gas issues, a technical workshop on unconventional oil and gas will also be offered on Wednesday afternoon as a post-conference activity.

No. 8 –Austin is modestly known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" and on nightly basis there is a great number of live music venues located a few blocks from conference hotel.

However, Austin is also an outdoor town.  Early November weather is very pleasant and usually sunny with a daily high temperature about 72 F (22°). There are many outdoor places to enjoy among them: Lady Bird Lake and its hike and bike trail, Mount Bonnell, a dinner cruise on Lady Bird Lake, canoeing and water sports, several world-class golf courses, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the Zilker Botanical Garden/Japanese Garden, and swimming in one of the largest naturally adapted swimming pools in the U.S., Barton Springs pool.  The pool is fed naturally by Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer.



On Sunday morning, November 4, 2012 delegates can also enjoy a five-mile walk/run at scenic Ladybird Lake in central Austin with a few members of Central Texas Association for Energy Economics Chapter.

No.9- In Austin you have a great opportunity to visit many interesting historic places and museums: the Texas State Capitol, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, The Blanton Museum of Art, and The University of Texas, one of the largest universities in the nation with more than 50,000 students.  All located a few blocks from the conference hotel.

No. 10- Take advantage of the fact that this year’s U.S. national elections fall during the conference by watching results with your friends of a like political persuasion. Don’t forget to vote before you come to the conference! For those who are not as involved in the election process, we’re planning a special event for Tuesday night focused on discussing future energy issues.

The morning after the election, Dr. Raymond Orbach, Executive Director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute, will help us think about the future as he moderates a discussion between senior energy leaders entitled ‘Where Do We Go from Here?


Useful Links:


USAEE Conference Link                                       http://www.usaee.org/usaee2012/

Sheraton Austin Hotel     http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3079

Central Texas Association for Energy Economics        http://www.usaee.org/chapters/centraltexas.aspx

Houston Chapter of USAEE                                               http://www.usaee.org/chapters/houston.aspx

Austin Conference Program                                      http://www.usaee.org/USAEE2012/program.aspx

Austin Abstract Submission                                 http://www.usaee.org/USAEE2012/AustinCFP.pdf

Austin Best Student Paper                                               http://www.usaee.org/usaee2012/paperawards.html

Austin Student Poster Program                            http://www.usaee.org/usaee2012/postersession.html

The Oasis on Lake Travis                                                http://www.oasis-austin.com/

Pecan Street, Inc.                                              http://www.pecanstreet.org/about/what-is-pecan-street-inc/

Pike Powers Commercialization Laboratory                       http://www.pecanstreet.org/about/pikepowers/

ERCOT                                                              http://www.ercot.com/

Live Music Capital of the World                              http://www.austintexas.org/musicians/

Austin Texas Weather                                         http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Austin.htm/

Lady Bird Lake                              http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?LocationID=1351

Mt. Bonnell Covert Park                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Bonnell

Lady Bird Lake Cruise (caution Commercial Link)  http://www.capitalcruises.com/

Barton Creek Golf                                                           http://www.bartoncreek.com/

Umlauf Sculpture Garden                                                http://umlaufsculpture.org/

Zilker Botanical Garden                                      http://www.zilkergarden.org/

Barton Springs Pool                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Springs_Pool

Barton Springs                                                   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Springs

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum              http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/the_museum/about.html

Texas State Capitol Building                                http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/capitol/texcap.html

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library                      http://www.lbjlibrary.org/

Blanton Museum of Art                                        http://blantonmuseum.org/

The University of Texas at Austin                         http://www.utexas.edu

Ladybird Hike and Bike Trail                         http://www.townlaketrail.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=104




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