Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham Keynotes Austin Energy Conference

Date: April 29, 2010

Senator Kirk Watson and Brewster McCracken among Austin public-sector, business and academic leaders featured at Eaton Energy Management Symposium

AUSTIN, Texas … Green buildings, alternative energy, hybrid vehicles, and energy efficiency will be among the topics of discussion at the Energy Evolution: Transforming the Future of Power symposium on Monday, May 10, 2010. The event, presented by diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, will feature a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham at noon and closing remarks by state Senator Kirk Watson at 3 p.m. The symposium, which will be held at the AT&T Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus, is second in a nationwide series of Eaton conferences that provide leaders from industry and the public sector with the tools to better navigate rapidly evolving energy-management challenges. 

“There are unprecedented opportunities for the public sector to increase energy efficiency, develop smart green buildings and meet sustainability objectives,” said Thomas S. Gross, vice chairman and chief operating officer – Electrical Sector, Eaton Corporation. “But to realize these opportunities, energy management and purchasing patterns must keep pace with rapid change. This symposium will enable Central Texas leaders to gain maximum leverage from emerging legislation, incentives and technologies.”

Secretary Abraham will provide decision makers with a critical federal energy-management perspective. The keynote will be followed by a series of breakout sessions featuring a moderator and panelists who have expertise in -- and special passion for -- successful energy management programs. Sessions include:

Renewable Energy: Making the Business of Renewable Energy Viable. 

  • Educational speaker and panel moderator: John Vernacchia, manager, Alternative Energy Solutions, Eaton’s Electrical Sector, and Mark Kapner, senior strategy engineer, Austin Energy
  • Panelists:
    • Commissioner Ken Anderson, Texas Public Utility Commission
    • Randi Shade, council member, City of Austin
    • Brewster McCracken, executive director, Pecan Street Project
    • John Pappas, business development and program manager, The University of Texas at Austin Center of Electromechanics

Energy Efficiency: Establishing the Energy Culture and Becoming a Powerhouse.

  • Educational speaker: Paul Cody, vice president and general manager, Electrical Service and Systems Division, Eaton Corporation, and Fred Yebra, DSM manager, Austin Energy

High Performance Green Buildings: Optimizing Energy in High-Performance Green Buildings.

  • Educational speaker and panel moderator: John White, manager, Energy Management and Environmental Solutions, Eaton Corporation, and Richard Morgan, green building program manager, Austin Energy
  • Panelists
    • Sheryl Cole, council member, City of Austin
    • Richard Morgan, green building program manager, Austin Energy
    • Solomon Ortiz, state representative, Texas House of Representatives

Hybrid and Advanced Vehicle Technology, Putting Power to Work from the Grid to the Vehicle.

  • Educational speaker and panel moderator: Dimitri N. Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager, Hybrid Power Systems Division, Vehicle Group, Eaton Corporation, and Larry Alford, manager, Distributed Generation, Austin Energy
  • Panelists:
    • Larry Alford, manager, Distributed Generation, Austin Energy
    • Ronald Matthews, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Luke Metzger, director, Environment Texas

Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions about energy-related challenges and opportunities. Potential discussion topics include increasing energy efficiency, using stimulus funds and other resources to invest in greener, safer, and more reliable technologies, and case studies on implementing and managing sustainability projects.

Eaton has a strong presence in Texas, with 22 facilities and 380 employees statewide. Its local customers include Austin Energy, The University of Texas at Austin and Dell.

The Austin event is second in a series of Eaton symposia in major markets across the nation.  The next conference is slated for Chicago on June 7, 2010. More information can be found at .

About Eaton Corporation:
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit .

Mark Horner
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