The costs and benefits of renewables

electricity industry | RossBaldick.comWhat 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, School of Law, and Cockrell School of Engineering) asked at the recent Fifth Annual Electricity Conference, hosted here in Austin. This year’s theme: “The Nexus of Markets and the Environment.”

Christoph Weber (University of Duisburg-Essen) provided a critical analysis of the German Energywiende in his keynote, highlighting the unsustainable expenditures incurred by Germany in its pursuit of low-carbon electricity production.

My panel considered the integration of distributed renewable energy resources, critically examining the idea of a distribution system operator, which has been advocated by former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, among others.

The third panel analyzed EPA rules, and the final panel considered the experience in Mexico, currently moving towards a competitive generation market.

Click here for copies of the panel presentations.

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.
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One Response to The costs and benefits of renewables

  1. Duehee Lee says:

    We should think about this. Thank you so much.

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