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"Creating a Dynamic, Clean Energy Economy": The Austin Forum

Tue, June 1, 2010 | AT&T Conference Center Amphitheater (Room 204) / 1900 University Ave.

5:45 PM

The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society presents                                                                                                       "Creating a Dynamic, Clean Energy Economy"
Admission: Free and open to the public


The clean energy economy is taking shape. And, as with all new industries, companies, nations and cities are vying for leadership positions. Austin is uniquely qualified to lead in the 21st century energy industry, and the Pecan Street Project is an early indicator that we are competing with the rest of the world.

Sparked in 2008 by UT's Austin Technology Incubator and then-councilmember Brewster McCracken, the Pecan Street Project grew to a collaborative effort that included Austin Energy, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Greater Austin Chamber, professors and staff from UT, and local and national corporations. Their mission: devise a roadmap to the energy system of the future that's reliable and affordable, and protects the environment and creates economic development opportunities for Central Texas. What started in 2008 has become one of the country's most closely-watched "smart grid" collaborations, and has the potential to place Austin atop the list of cities vying for the title of "clean energy capital" of the world.

Mr. McCracken is Executive Director of Pecan Street Project Inc., a clean energy/smart grid research and development organization headquartered at The University of Texas. In collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pecan Street is developing and implementing smart grid and clean energy technologies and business models. Funded under the Department of Energy's Smart Grid Demonstration Project fund, Mr. McCracken is developing an advanced Energy Internet at the 711-acre Mueller mixed-use development in Austin. Mr. McCracken was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council (elected at large), and he served as the Council's Mayor Pro Tem. Through his elected position, he also served as a board member for Austin Energy, the nation's fourth largest municipally owned utility. In 2007, he made Austin Energy the first utility in the nation to open its grid for emerging clean energy companies to beta test their technologies.

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PARKING: Free parking is available on the street or in the surface lot at MLK and Congress after 5:30pm, about two blocks to the AT&T Conference Center. Garage parking is available at the AT&T Conference Center for $7 (go to Gabriel's to purchase your $7 voucher).

Sponsored by: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society

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