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24th Annual Big 10 and Friends Utility Conference

May 4–7, 2014

UNC Energy Services

The Friday Center

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The 24th Annual Big 10 and Friends Utility Conference will include topics such as a brief history of our University’s utility infrastructure, our special projects, climate action plan, energy conservation projects, and a tour of our facilities and steam tunnel. Also, our friends from Duke University and NC State will be presenting topics related to their facilities. This conference will be a great opportunity for all of us to learn from each other's projects and experiences and learn about our vendors that service our needs.  We hope you will be able to attend the conference and hope you enjoy your experience in Chapel Hill. For more information, visit the Conference website,


Online registration is closed. If you have questions concerning registration please contact:

Cynthia Rawling, Chilled Water Systems Business Manager
Energy Services—Chilled Water Systems
919-962-0037 or

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity.


A refund, less a $50 administrative fee, will be made to individuals who cancel by April 21. Cancellations must be received in writing. We regret that no refunds can be made after April 21. Substitutions can be made at any time.


Schedule is tentative and content and order of sessions may change as conference approaches.

Sunday, May 4th  
  Golf Outing- UNC Finley Golf Course 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  Conference Cocktail Reception 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monday, May 5th  
  Breakfast/ Vendor Show 7:00 AM
  Welcome to UNC 8:00 AM
  History of UNC Utilities 8:15 AM

Cogeneration Projects

          Landfill Gas Generator

          MACT Emissions Title V

8:45 AM



  Chiller Plant/Generation Study 9:45 AM
  Break/Vendor Show 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Chilled Water Projects

          Plate and Frame Heat Exchangers

          Heat Recovery Chillers

          Tank Repair

10:45 AM


  Lunch/Vendor Show 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
  Electric Distribution Projects 1:45 PM
  Energy Conservation/Energy Management

2:15 PM


Break/Vendor Show

2:45 PM to 3:15 PM
  Sucesses & Sorrows/Tour Information 3:15 PM
  Manning Steam Plant & Tunnel Tour 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
  Dinner at Dean E Smith Athletic Center 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Tuesday, May 6th  
  Breakfast/Vendor Show 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
  Big 10 Survey- Bob Ellerhorst 8:00 AM
  Break/Vendor Show 9:00 AM to 10 AM

NC State University Projects

          CHP Plant

          Smart Grid

10:00 AM
  Lunch  11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  Vendor Prize Raffle 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Duke University Projects

          Chiller Plant/Water Use

          Steam Plant Renovations

1:00 PM
  Break and Getting on Bus for Duke 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM
  Travel to Duke 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM
  Chilled Water Plant #2 and Steam Plant Tour 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM
  Cameron Indoor Tour and Cocktail Hour 5:00 PM to 6:45 PM
  On Bus & Travel back to the Carolina Inn 6:45 PM to 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 7th  
  Breakfast 7:30 AM
  Tours at UNC-Chapel Hill:  
          Cogeneration 8:30 AM
          Chilled Water  
          Electric Distribution  
  Lunch 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  Time to go Home


The Carolina Inn—Conference Location

The Carolina Inn is Chapel Hill's jewel of a hotel. Located adjacent to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus, and a short walk away from Chapel Hill's downtown Franklin Street scene, hotel visitors can experience a luxurious stay at a historical hotel, professional meeting spaces, and fine dining, while still being in the heart of campus life. Built in 1924, the Inn also known as “The University's Living Room” is filled with interesting artifacts, paintings and antiques while still offering its guests modern amenities such as high speed and wireless Internet.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Carolina Inn at a rate of $175 plus a 7% tax. Reservations must be made before April 11 to receive the group rate and are subject to availability.

To receive the group rate,  click here to access guest room reservations at the Inn (the group code will automatically be entered). If you are calling or reserving a room from the Carolina Inn's home website (, enter the group code 328947 to receive the group rate. 

Alternative Accommodations

The Franklin Hotel is located a short block from the Carolina Inn on Chapel Hill's downtown Franklin Street. The hotel offers luxurious rooms, free Internet, breakfast, and parking in a covered, gated parking garage. Participants choosing to stay at the Franklin can either enjoy a ten-minute springtime walk to the conference site or park at the Carolina Inn for $10 per day. To make a reservation or for more information, visit or call 1-866-831-5999.

The Hampton Inn & Suites—Chapel Hill & Carrboro location, built in 2013, is located further west, on East Main Street in Carrboro. Hotel amenities include free Internet, free breakfast and self-parking for $5 a day. Guests can enjoy not only the comforts and amenities found in all Hamptons, but will also be in the middle of the restaurants, bars, and shopping in both downtown Carrboro and downtown Chapel Hill. The conference site is a twenty-minute walk, or you can hop on the free Chapel Hill Transit bus or drive to the Carolina Inn for an event parking fee of $10. For information and reservations see or call 1-919-969-6988. 

Aloft Chapel Hill hotel is located two miles east of campus. Aloft is described as a twist on the traditional hotel experience, where guests can enjoy a trendy bar, shoot a game of pool, and partake in a 24/7 pantry. For guests' convenience, Aloft has complimentary shuttle van service to campus operating from 7 am to 7 pm. For more information or to make a reservation, see or call 1-866-716-8143. 

Courtyard Marriot Chapel Hill hotel is located three miles east of campus and the Carolina Inn conference site. The Courtyard offers guests complimentary parking and wifi. Guests have the option of driving to the Carolina Inn conference site and paying the event parking fee or riding the free Chapel Hill transit bus. A bus stop is located across the street at the Friday Center. For more information or to make a reservation, see or call 1-919-883-0700. 

For More Information


Cynthia Rawling, Chilled Water Systems Business Manager
Energy Services—Chilled Water Systems
919-962-0037 or