Conference to address renewable energy
“Unified Energy System” is this year’s theme for Texas Renewables 2012 Conference, Dec. 10-13, at Lost Pines Resort.
Topics include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, batteries, hybrid cards, smart meters and energy efficiency.
Speakers include Peter Fox-Penner with The Brattle Group consulting firm; Roger Duncan, former general manager for Austin Energy; Brewster McCracken, executive director of Pecan Street Inc. research lab; Kate Galbraith, a writer with the Texas Tribune; S. David Freeman, former general manager of Los Angeles Water and Power; and Heidi Van Genderen with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Conference information is available at www.TexasRenewables.org or by calling 830997-2350. The event is organized by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries.
Austin-based Affiniscape Inc., which develops association management software, has been acquired by an Ohiobased private equity firm and will merge with a Florida company, officials said Tuesday.
Founded in 2000, Affinis- cape sells software for professional and trade associations, primarily at the state and local chapter level. Its software runs their websites and handles functions such as tracking members and dues, managing conferences and events and operating an online career center for association members.
Affiniscape’s 1,400 customers, nearly all based in the U.S., include the Texas Bar Association, Greater Austin Homebuilders and the Texas Pharmacy Association.
Affiniscape will merge with YourMembership.com of St. Petersburg. The company, founded in 1998, sells software that helps member-based organizations such as alumni groups, professional societies, churches and chambers of commerce manage their websites and operations. It has 1,100 customers in 32 countries.
Adam Weedman, Affiniscape’s founder and chief strategist, said merging with Your- Membership.com “will allow us to move at a quicker pace than we could on our own. We’ll be able to add new functionality and provide additional services to customers, and now we’ll have a global reach.”
In addition, becoming a larger company “instantly gives our employees more career options,” Weedman said. “With Austin being as competitive as it is, we’ve lost