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CEVS 2011 • Sept. 28-29 • AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center • 1900 University Avenue • Austin, Texas 78705

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Platinum Sponsors
Austin Energy logo Austin Energy is the nation's 9th largest public power electric utility with more than 400,000 customers and $1.2 billion in annual revenues. Austin Energy is a leader nationwide in the use and promotion of clean energy technologies. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, for example, has ranked Austin Energy's GreenChoice® program #1 in the nation for the last seven years in a row for the most sales by a utility-sponsored green power program. The Green Building program, started in 1991, was the first program of its kind in the country to rate buildings by the number of energy-efficient features that are incorporated into their design and construction. The Utility's energy-efficiency programs are the most comprehensive in the nation and since 1982 have collectively offset the need to build an 850 megawatt power plant. Austin Energy also led the Plug-In Partners National Campaign to demonstrate to automakers that there is nationwide support by consumers for the manufacture of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gases. The Utility has joined with the Clean Energy Incubator to beta test clean energy technologies to support the development of clean energy companies in Central Texas that will benefit both our economy and environment.
ATI CEI Logo The ATI Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) gives young clean energy companies the resources they need to succeed and grow into self-sustaining entities that contribute jobs to Austin and intellectual capital to the world. Located in Austin, Texas, CEI provides the resources and facilities necessary for start-ups to attract funding, aggressively compete in the free market, and turn ideas into reality. Clean Energy Incubator members and alums include venture focusing on the development or commercialization of proprietary technology in areas including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy management, distributed resources, energy storage, fuel cells, microturbines, power quality, alternative fuels, and transportation. CEI can serve as a talent pipeline for its member companies. Since 2002, CEI has served 18 companies within the renewable and energy efficiency sectors; more specifically, these companies range from geothermal power and biofuels, to wind energy and water conservation. With CEI's assistance, companies fill in knowledge gaps and build stronger business propositions, helping to increase their chance for success. Current member companies can be found on our portfolio page.
Pecan Street Logo Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) smart grid and clean energy research and development organization. Incorporated in 2009 (as Pecan Street Project, Inc.), the organization's board includes representatives from The University of Texas, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Austin Technology Incubator, the City of Austin and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Pecan Street Inc. began operations through seed funding from The University of Texas. Since then, the organization has provided over $3 million in direct funding to UT researchers and students. In September 2009, it received a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments through an award from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

In November 2009, the organization received a U.S. Department of Energy stimulus award for a Smart Grid Demonstration Project at Austin's Mueller community. In November 2010, it received an award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to research the impact of energy efficiency retrofits in older homes. Both research projects are currently underway in Austin.

In 2011, several companies – Best Buy, Freescale, Intel, Landis+Gyr, LG Electronics, Oracle, Sony and Texas Gas Service – joined the Pecan Street Consortium as Industry Advisory Council members. These companies will work closely with Pecan Street and University of Texas researchers on the demonstration project at Mueller and other smart grid research projects.

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Gold Sponsors
City of Plugerville Logo The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation is the organization charged with promoting the economic development of the city of Pflugerville.  It accomplishes its mission by marketing Pflugerville as a desirable place for new businesses to operate, and by assisting existing businesses and addressing their needs.  The PCDC can also provide funding for use as incentives to businesses to begin doing business in Pflugerville and also to construct needed infrastructure such as roads, utilities, and drainage projects.  The PCDC also provides funding for parks and recreation projects in the city.

The PCDC is a Texas 4B Economic Development Corporation that collects a one-half cent sales tax off taxable goods purchased in the City of Pflugerville for the purpose of promoting economic development in Pflugerville.  The primary purpose of the PCDC is to provide funding for projects that promote economic development or projects that enhance the parks and recreation facilities of the city.
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Silver Sponsors
Austin COC Logo The Austin Chamber of Commerce represents the central Texas business community and targets clean energy as an industry sector for job growth and investment. The Pecan Street Project's focus on creating a new energy system creates opportunities for new technologies and companies to form. Pecan Street Project further enhances the robust clean tech ecosystem in Austin, which aids the Chamber's mission of recruiting new companies to the region. Through Pecan Street Project, the Chamber will have an opportunity to continue working with UT Austin, Austin Energy, EDF, and the local clean tech community on developing Austin into a global center of excellence in new energy technologies and policy implementation.
Baker Botts Logo Baker Botts is an international law firm recognized for our creative approach to the legal and business issues facing our clients. The work we do is often groundbreaking.

With approximately 750 lawyers and a worldwide network of offices, Baker Botts works with our clients on a wide range of matters. Our approach to the law practice is collaborative, with lawyers functioning as integrated teams to bring the most appropriate response to client needs.

Since 1840, Baker Botts has been highly regarded for our integrity, our work ethic, the quality of our legal advice, and our people.
Southwest Research Institute Logo Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is an independent, nonprofit applied research and development organization. The staff of more than 3,000 specializes in the creation and transfer of technology in engineering and the physical sciences. The Institute occupies more than 1,200 acres in San Antonio, Texas, and provides more than 2 million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops and offices. SwRI's total revenue for fiscal year 2010 was $548 million.

SwRI's Mission: Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology.

Research areas include:

  • Aerospace Electronics, Systems Engineering & Training
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Power
  • Automation and Data Systems
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research
  • Fuels and Lubricants Research
  • Geosciences and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Signal Exploitation and Geolocation
  • Space Science and Engineering
TMAC Logo TMAC delivers training and hands-on technical assistance to a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, government, and health care. We have a wide array of services that improve efficiency, quality, and productivity. Focus areas include Lean Enterprise, technology solutions, strategic management, quality systems, environment and safety.

OUR MISSION : To increase the global competitiveness of the Texas economy by working with the extended manufacturing enterprise.

In 13 years, TMAC has worked with more than 4,300 companies. In independent surveys, those customers have reported cumulative impacts totaling:

  • $1.8 billion in new or retained sales
  • $514 million in cost savings and cost avoidance on materials, labor, inventory and equipment
  • More than 16,000 Texas jobs created or retained
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Bronze Sponsors
Andrews Kurth logo Andrews Kurth has counseled energy technology companies for more than a century. Our Technology and Emerging Companies Group is a dedicated team of attorneys providing focused representation to entrepreneurs and cutting edge start-ups from inception to IPO and beyond. We counsel energy and clean technology companies, venture capitalists, private equity firms, investment banks, lenders and traders on formation, operations and corporate governance matters; venture capital financings; public offerings; and mergers and acquisitions.
Good Company Associates Good Company Associates is an Austin-based consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart grid applications such as energy management, energy storage, and demand response. We primarily focus on the Texas market, where we've played an important role in the development of efficiency and renewables policy, projects, and programs since 1991. Specific service offerings include business development consulting, government & regulatory affairs, project management, technical advice, and economic analysis.
Winstead Attorneys logo Winstead PC, one of the largest business law firms in Texas, is an early leader of the burgeoning clean technology and renewable energy industry. Winstead represents investors, lenders, utilities, developers, research institutes, universities, cooperatives, and municipalities, as well as some of the largest energy purchasers throughout the alternative energy and electricity industry sectors.

Winstead represents:

  • Public-private partnership developing wind, solar and biomass technologies in combination with gas fired generation
  • Developers of America's largest offshore wind project
  • A seven-state wind industry advocacy group with interests across the South Central United States
  • The largest purchaser of wind energy in Texas
  • The largest retail electric, transmission and generation provider in Texas
  • Leading technology innovators such as with thermoelectric conversion technology
  • Developers and lenders for biofuel production facilities
  • Project EPCs
Winstead Attorneys logo Our mission: to provide the highest quality waste processing services while keeping the best interests of our customers, employees and environment a priority. To achieve our goals, we adhere to the following business principles: Treating everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect will result in a level of confidence and a spirit of partnership that will benefit all. An honest and ethical approach to all our business affairs will benefit everyone. Only through operating practices that are safe, measurable, economical and environmentally sound can we bring long-term benefits to our employees, customers and the communities we serve. We should be measured not only on our business success, but also on our adherence to God's principles and Christian values.
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