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Defending the Grid

According to recent reports by NPR and the Wall Street Journal, last year’s attack on the Metcalf substation in California was not random. Rather, the attackers targeted equipment to disable it after cutting communications lines. Whether or not the result … Continue reading

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Battery Swapping a Winner for Tesla’s Model S

I recently visited the Tesla store at the Domain in Austin to check out the Tesla Model S.  The compact layout of the electric drivetrain allows for a trunk at the front of the car — a “frunk”– in addition … Continue reading

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Does Texas Have a Generation Capacity Problem?

“Are Capacity Markets Necessary to Ensure Adequate Generating Reserves?” That was the title of the panel I moderated at the third annual Austin Electricity Conference (sponsored by The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, School of Law, and Cockrell … Continue reading

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In Praise of Slow Charging

It was an honor to deliver a keynote speech at the recent University of Texas Center for Transportation Research Symposium. The theme: “Energy is the Key.” In my talk, “Harnessing Electric Vehicle Demand Flexibility” (joint work with graduate student Mahdi … Continue reading

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