The nation’s electric utilities will have trouble making a profit in a future dominated by widespread adoption of rooftop solar and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), writes Energy Institute Research Fellow Roger Duncan in a new op-ed. The article features findings from a report prepared by LBJ School of Public Affairs students participating in a Public Policy Research course Duncan co-taught this spring with Energy Institute Assistant Director for Policy Studies Dr. Fred Beach. Students examined six new and proposed business models and analyzed each of them with respect to how they recovered fixed costs, made a profit, incentivized DERs, engaged customers, and other issues. For more, read the entire op-ed and the students’ report, which is a part of the Energy Institute’s comprehensive “Full Cost of Electricity” study.
Senior Research Scientist & Associate Director
Institute for Geophysics | Jackson School of Geosciences
By Gary Rasp
Reared in a family steeped in the Humanities, geophysicist Cliff Frohlich reflected early on that it might be wise for him to look elsewhere for his life calling.
As an elementary school student, Frohlich had shown a noticeable aptitude for math, and recognized he might be better suited for the world of numbers and calculations. [Read more…]
Forces disrupting electric power markets are under the microscope in an analysis conducted by the Center for Energy Economics (CEE) as part of its Electric Power Research Forum. Economists at the CEE used the Center’s dispatch modeling to test the retirement of 43 GW of nuclear capacity by 2025. The analysis also examines state interventions to save nuclear plants, which have supplied roughly 20 percent of domestic electricity since 2001, and the implications of those initiatives on competitive electricity markets. Read more.