Author Archives: Ross Baldick

About Ross Baldick

Electricity is an increasingly complex industry in the midst of transition to renewables and decarbonization. Using my 25 years’ experience as an engineer, policy analyst, and academic, I help my consulting clients think through their toughest technical challenges and formulate their best business strategies.

There’s more than one way to deal with a duck (curve)

The good news is: solar. The bad news is: uncontrollable rooftop solar. How do we utilize the production of rooftop solar in the middle of the day? This is an especially significant problem for California. The California ISO coined the … Continue reading

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Applied Optimization book: new and improved!

Last summer, when I was visiting the University of Cambridge to present a seminar, I happened upon the university press bookstore. And what did I find inside? A hardback copy of my 2006 book, Applied Optimization. Even if you are … Continue reading

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Renewable chic and the expense of small-scale solar

This is what I came across recently: a luxury brand store window display of “renewable chic,” where a solar panel, as part of the vignette, is being used to partially illuminate the mannequin. Putting aside the irony that the solar panel itself … Continue reading

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Australia: more competition, affordable prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released “Restoring Electricity Affordability & Australia’s Competitive Advantage,” a comprehensive report that analyzes the reasons for very high prices and “sets out 56 recommendations to reset the National Electricity Market, boosting competition, … Continue reading

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Carbon emissions: Why can’t Texas be more like Germany?

Energiewende, German for “energy transition,” was the theme of the “Texas-Germany Bilateral Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities in the Electricity Market” conference held in Austin in late February. The conference was organized by the German American Chambers of Commerce and … Continue reading

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Comparing the US and EU electricity markets

Electricity markets have been restructured in many countries around the globe. There is a variety of different designs, and the differences can significantly affect our ability to handle new challenges, such as integrating high levels of renewables. What are the … Continue reading

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How to rebuild the grid in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria has caused huge damage in Puerto Rico, particularly to infrastructure such as the electricity system. My sincerest sympathies go to everyone there, both in PR and in other regions. As my previous work on electricity network interdiction suggests, repair of electricity networks … Continue reading

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Smart grid: let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater

Despite the end-of-school-year mania, I managed to get away to  the 2017 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference in Washington, DC, in late April, to talk about the Smart Grid grad course that I was wrapping up at UT. I … Continue reading

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