March 03, 2010

By Justin Tang

LOS ANGELES -- California, often known as a "green" state because of its progressive energy legislation, recently showed that its universities also embrace this reputation. On January 29, 2010, UCLA Anderson students won the first annual Acciona Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC) at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. The competition invited the top business schools in the nation, including teams from Harvard, Duke, Columbia, and UC Berkeley.

UCLA Anderson students Dave Castle ('10), Hiromasa Ebihara ('10), Adam Green ('10), Andrew Hunt ('10), and Pok Hoo ('10) gave a 25-minute presentation about storing and developing wind and solar power for Acciona, a sustainability company in North America. After proceeding into the final round, the competition committee added a twist to the case; Acciona was ready to move forward and initiate a contract with Southern California Edison for prices of solar and wind energy.

The teams had a lunch break to accommodate for the change and adjust their presentations accordingly. Luckily for the Anderson team, a few of its members had worked for Edison and incorporated their knowledge into the presentation. "We saw the judges pause for a minute before they thought of a question during the Q&A session. I figured we did a great job," said Hunt. At the reception, Hunt said, "We received a lot of positive feedback from other teams. And when we found out we won the competition, we were really stoked!" The UCLA team was awarded $2,500 and invited back for next year's competition.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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