IAEE International Conference - Technical Tours
On 8th Avenue in Manhattan, thirty feet below street level, with the iconic New Yorker Hotel rising above us, my guide, Joe Kinney, opened the door to the generating room. What a sight! Before us stood a marvelous mix of world class electrical engineering and remnants of a 1920s experiment in on-site heat and power generation. The New Yorker Hotel, the site of the 2014 IAEE international conference, is a special place for energy enthusiasts. When it opened its doors eighty three years ago, it boasted the largest privately owned DC generating plant in the United States and for ten years at the end of his life, the “father of electricity”, Nikola Tesla was resident here.
At the IAEE conference (June 15th-19th) delegates will be able to tour the multi-level subterranean world of the New Yorker viewing the original machinery and the new CHP plant that our guide Kinney oversaw installation of in the mid 1990s. Kinney is a human encyclopedia of the hotel’s history and he will be manning a temporary museum at the conference to display memorabilia from the past (ranging from plant operating manuals from the 1930s to celebrity endorsements of the hotel in the 1960s).
Date: Sunday June 15 (tours start at 2, 3, and 4pm) and Thursday June 19 (tours start at 9 and 10am)
The conference organizing committee is also finalizing plans for a technical tour of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the trading floor and hear from veteran energy traders about life at the exchange and how technology is revolutionizing the trading environment. This is a great field trip for energy buffs and an opportunity to see a form of energy trading that might not be with us much longer.
And of course, don’t forget the city itself; from the iconic Con Edison manhole covers and steam funnels lining the sidewalks to the Manhattan skyline and brilliance of Times Square, New York is a city full of energy, both literal and figurative. Join us there in June 2014.