Tag Archives: renewables

Why America’s power grid needs natural gas now more than ever

This week on Fortune.com, an article I wrote with David Spence: Now that the Obama administration has finalized its Clean Power Plan regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector, the focus of attention turns to the states, which … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Powerwall: an expensive option

Tesla’s new Powerwall, a home battery, has been widely reported in the media, and once again Elon Musk has spearheaded a very attractive product. In its press kit, Tesla touts the Powerwall for residential load shifting, backup, and storage of … Continue reading

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The costs and benefits of renewables

What are the costs and benefits of renewables? Focusing on the German Energywiende and similar efforts in California and Minnesota, that’s one of the questions my colleagues and I at UT (McCombs School of Business, LBJ School of Public Affairs, … Continue reading

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Flexible thermal resources to balance renewable production

In the current IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, (“Flexibility and Availability,” November/December 2014, p. 104), I discuss the future need for increased use of flexible thermal resources to help balance renewable production. Natural gas-fired generation has a special role because … Continue reading

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