IEEE PI2 Austin, University of Texas Austin Utilities Power Plant Tour


Often described as the largest and most integrated microgrid in the U.S., the UT Austin Carl J. Eckhardt Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP) is capable of generating 135 MW (megawatts) power (63 MW peak) and 1.2 million lb/hr (pounds per hour) of steam (300,000 peak). The single largest electrical load on campus is the cooling system that can provide 60,000 tons (33,000 tons peak) of chilled water to the campus. The Power Complex provides 100 percent of campus electricity and heating. Our five chilling stations and 9.5 million gallons of chilled water in two thermal storage tanks satisfy the cooling requirements for 17 million square foot in more than 150 campus buildings serving 70,000 faculty, students and staff. The complex provides the university with an independent utility system with full islanding capabilities and has electrical ties to the City of Austin electrical grid as an emergency backup source of power.

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  • 215 East 24th Street
  • Austin, Texas
  • United States 78712
  • Building: Hal C Weaver Power Plant Expansion

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  • For any questions please contact: Steve Pearson, Program Chairman, IEEE PES/IAS/PELS/IES Austin Chapter; (512) 466-1450;

  • Co-sponsored by Steve Pearson
  • Starts 25 April 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 27 May 2017 12:00 AM
  • All times are US/Central
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Rossen Tzartzev

Rossen Tzartzev of University of Texas


Associate Director - Electrical Distribution & Elevator Services - UT Austin Utilities & Energy Management

Rossen Tzartzev of University of Texas



Please read the following before registering:

  • Registration will close on May 26
  • Tour cost is $10 for IEEE members and $20 for non-IEEE members and is non-refundable.
  • This will be a walking tour, preceded by a 30-45-minute presentation; we do have an elevator for those who cannot use the stairs.
  • When you click the register button (not "save and close") you will see the message "You have successfully registered for this meeting" and you will receive a confirmation email to confirm you are registered. If you don't receive a confirmation email, you are not registered.
  • Tour information may change after you register; please watch your email for updates.
  • No food will be provided during or after the tour.