Tuesday 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Building Bridges to a Sustainable World

Transitioning to low-carbon electricity generation

7:30 – 8:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Margaret Cook, Chair of the Longhorn Energy Club
Click here to view a PDF of Margaret Cook’s presentation slides.

9:00 – 9:45

Doyle N. Beneby, President and Chief Executive Officer, CPS Energy
Click here to view a PDF of Doyle Beneby’s presentation slides.

9:45 – 11:00

Natural Gas: King for a Day or Here to Stay?*LEC
Moderator: Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune
Featured panelists:
Kevin Howell, Chairman of the Board, Illinois Power Generating Company
Colin Leyden, Senior Manager of State Regulatory & Legislative Affairs for Natural Gas, Environmental Defense Fund
Danielle Murray, Austin Energy

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:30

The Future for Nuclear*LEC
Moderator: Steven Biegalski, Director, Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, The University of Texas at Austin
Featured panelists:
Vicky Bailey, Nuclear Matters Leadership Council Member
Erich Schneider, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Kirk Sorensen, CEO, Flibe Energy PDF presentation

12:30 – 2:15

Lunch – Keynote Speaker
“Sustainable Energy Policies and Future-Oriented Building Design”
Werner Lang, Professor and Director, Center for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building, Technical University of Munich
Click here to view a PDF of Werner Lang’s presentation slides.

2:15 – 3:30

NexusHaus – Energy, Water and Food
Moderators: Petra Liedl, Michael Garrison and Adam Pyrek, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin
Featured panelists:
Robert Stefani, Conservation Program Specialist, Austin Water Utility
Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, Office of Sustainability, City of Austin

3:30 – 3:45


3:45 – 5:00

Communication Issues for the Energy Sector
Moderator: Ken Cohen, VP Government and Public Affairs, ExxonMobil
Featured panelists:
Mica Odom, Communication Director, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Michael Webber, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
LeeAnn Kahlor, Associate Professor, Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and Science Communication Researcher, The University of Texas at Austin
Evening Session

5:30 – 7:00

UT research on energy use in buildings, featuring Nexushaus – the Solar Decathlon Project: Hear about UT’s project to build a completely sustainable, solar-powered home on campus. YOUR future home may look like this. The session is free and open to the public. Free tours of the School of Architecture energy research facilities.
Other Energy Week Events
All day Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Renewable Energy Law (Day 1)
Judging of research poster competition
LEC*This panel is hosted by the Longhorn Energy Club.