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.
Texas is poised to be a leader in producing hydrogen for the next generation of electrically powered vehicles, and in the ongoing transition to a cleaner and more efficient energy system, write Drs. Alan Lloyd, a senior research fellow at the Energy Institute, and Michael Webber, deputy director of the Institute, in a new op-ed. As the nation’s largest producer of hydrogen, Texas also has the knowledge and expertise needed to use hydrogen to power turbines to create heat and electricity and as a feedstock in industrial applications such as the production of steel and chemicals, and in the semiconductor industry. The op-ed has been published in the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Rio Grande Guardian, and Texas Monthly. Read more.
The cheapest and likeliest pathway to a cleaner energy future is one that leverages, not duplicates, the existing electric grid and associated infrastructure, writes Dr. Joshua Rhodes in a new article in The Conversation. Rhodes’ article provides a snapshot of new research he has conducted on what the existing electric grid is worth, what it would cost to replace it, and which technologies are best suited for needed investment. Rhodes based his analysis on calculations derived from a variety of public reports, and estimates for new construction and standard approaches for estimating depreciation. From there, he quantified the value of the nation’s assets for power generation, transmission and distribution. For more, read the entire article, which also has been published in the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Gate, the Albany (NY) Times-Union, and Salon.