Managing Energy Needs in Fictional City of EAville

Published on February 28, 2009

Competition Gives Students Chance to Win Scholarships,
Learn about Management and Logistics

The fictional town of EAville will serve as the backdrop for a 10-week competition sponsored by the Energy Association, a student organization at UH Bauer.

The fictional town of EAville will serve as the backdrop for a 10-week competition sponsored by the Energy Association, a student organization at UH Bauer.

A student organization at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business is giving students a lesson in how decision-making in the energy industry can impact an entire community.

In late February, the Energy Association began the “Power Generation Energy Management Competition,” which challenges students with weekly scenarios relating to the impact of energy companies’ decisions on a fictional town.

During a 10-week period, participants will take on the role as a municipal manager of the fictional town called EAville. “The manager of the EA municipal owns and operates three assets — a coal-fired power generation plant, a natural gas fired power generation plant and a mid-size wind farm,” said Jeffrey Whitley, a corporate relations officer for the Energy Association.

Business, economics and engineering majors are encouraged to participate, although the competition is open to all students. Whitley said the competition is intended to help participants understand management and logistics.

“The competition will provide an understanding of operating and managing a portfolio of assets, cost management and how a power generation utility provides to a centralized area,” he said.

Aside from gaining an understanding of how energy plants affect a local community, the top three competitors will earn scholarships. “This competition will also provide great talking points for students interested in the energy industry (or) power markets when interviewing for respective industry companies,” Whitley said.

Students interested in participating should contact powergeneration@teauh.org.

By Mayra Cruz

Posted Under: Recognition

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