Energy Committee

What Makes Austin an Energy Innovation City?

You.

It is students and young professionals like yourself that make Austin a hub of innovation.  Whether it is technology, social media, new restaurants, film, music, festivals, or energy, Austin is home to the creative class.  It is because of the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that Austin has the potential to be the leader in the advanced energy economy.

Learn more about what makes Austin so special and how we will lead the country in the new energy economy.  Check out our resources page to find out how to get plugged in with Austin’s energy community, and be sure to watch this great short video that was produced by the McCombs Clean Tech Group at the University of Texas, “THE CLEAN TECH REVOLUTION: AUSTIN, TEXAS”



Latest Committee News

SXSW Eco Update

Posted on July 6th, 2012 by

Join your fellow AYC Members in our partnership with SXSW Eco for the second annual SXSW Eco conference, a three-day event acknowledging the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society. SXSW Eco will feature sessions from experts in the public, private, and academic sectors committed to finding solutions for a sustainable world.  This year, SXSW Eco will be held October 3-5, 2012 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

Hosting an international audience of on-the-ground innovators and executive level decision makers from the public and private sectors as well as thought leaders from academia, this event will drive the conversation of sustainability beyond rhetoric and towards solutions. SXSW Eco is for professionals at the forefront of the post-recognition discussion who are dedicated to making progress towards solving these challenges.

Registration Discounts
As a supporter of the event, AYC has been given a special discount code for our network to purchase a badge at the lowest possible rate.  Save $300 off of the walk-up rate with code: reg-eco-re1_jknk9y87tf
Date:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – Friday, October 5, 2012
Venue:   AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Address:   1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78713
Registration:  http://sxsweco.com/attend

*Please contact Carolyn Harrold at carolyn@sxsweco.com or (917)301-5878 with any questions.

AYC Partners with SXSW Eco

Posted on June 6th, 2012 by
Join the AYC in our partnership with SXSW Eco for the second annual SXSW Eco conference, a three-day event acknowledging the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society. SXSW Eco will feature sessions from experts in the public, private, and academic sectors committed to finding solutions for a sustainable world.  This year, SXSW Eco will be held October 3-5, 2012 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas.
Part of the full 3 day conference is the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase, which is now open for submissions! Presented by the Austin Technology Incubator and Austin Energy, this one-day venture capital tournament will exhibit the best of clean tech startups from around the world.  Fifteen semifinalists offering the most innovative and potentially disruptive technologies will be selected to compete before a live audience and a panel of judges during the second day of the SXSW Eco conference, October 4, 2012.
This inaugural competition is open to all clean tech startups that have not raised over five million dollars from combined funding sources and are still owned at least in part by the original founder.  The deadline to apply to the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase if July 13.

For more information and to submit an application, visit sxsweco.com/startup.

AYC Energy Committee Power Plant Tour

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: University of Texas Hal C. Weaver Power Plant. 24th St. and Speedway

Registration: Registration is limited to 25 people and is free for AYC members.  Please RSVP to energy@austinyoungchamber.org

The University of Texas’ Hal C. Weaver Power Plant meets the university’s needs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Thanks to energy efficiency improvements, The University of Texas at Austin’s power plant uses roughly the same amount of fuel as it did in 1977 — yet it produces about twice the power and serves almost twice the square-footage in building space.

Over $150 million in efficiency improvements were paid for by savings from reduced fuel costs. In addition to saving the university money, increased efficiency has reduced CO2 emissions from power generation by about 100,000 tons.

Go behind the scenes with Juan Ontiveros, director of Utilities and Energy Management and check out the most efficient chilling station in the country, the University’s 140-megawatt Hal C. Weaver Power Plant.

CleanTX Forum: Water: Motivating Conservation, Efficiency, and Reuse in Texas

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: TBD

In 2011, Texas experienced the most severe drought in recorded history.  The public health, environmental, and economic impacts of water scarcity are uncertain, but mounting evidence suggest these impacts are likely significant.   These recent events have redefined water resource paradigms for broads group of stakeholders.  How would long-term water scarcity affect Texas? Can we continue our long-standing success in growth and quality of life under increasing water restrictions? What are the potential solutions and how can we achieve them?

Join the CleanTX Foundation as we explore the potential of water efficiency, conservation, and reuse to meet Texas’ water resource needs.

Register here!

General Admission: $25 until 4/3, $30 after 4/3
Students: $10 until 4/3, $15 after 4/4. Students should be prepared to show ID upon entry at the event.


About the Energy Committee

The AYC Energy Committee is devoted to connecting and engaging young professionals with the established and emerging energy industry in Central Texas. The committee focuses on connecting students and young professionals with energy companies, organizations, and events that encourage professional development within Austin’s energy community.



Chair: John King
Vice Chair – Alex Basso
Vice Chair – Jonathan Page
Status: We are always looking for new committee members!
Time Commitment: The Energy Committee meets every 6 -8 weeks and organizes, or connects with, speaking engagements, happy hours, and tour facilities on a monthly basis.  For a copy of the agendas or minutes from our past meetings, please email energy@austinyoungchamber.org with your request.

More About the Energy Committee

By connecting our members with industry leaders, education, economic development and networking opportunities, we strive to encourage the growth of a new energy economy in Central Texas, while developing the next generation of innovative thinkers and leaders.  To get connected, or to learn more, email energy@austinyoungchamber.org.