News Category: Rhodes

UT research shows wind likely to overtake coal in electricity generation on Texas grid

Dec. 18, 2017

The anticipated retirement of several coal-fired power plants, combined with wind capacity additions, will likely mean the total annual amount of electricity produced from wind in Texas’ wholesale market will...

The obscure federal agency that soon could raise your electric bill: 5 questions answered on FERC

Dec. 5, 2017

Energy scholar Joshua Rhodes explains what FERC is and why it has so much power over energy markets and (indirectly) the prices consumers pay.

Stanford Scientist Sues Critics Of His 100% Green Energy Dogma

Nov. 20, 2017

A passionate critic of nuclear energy, Stanford Prof. Mark Jacobson has pulled the nuclear option in trying to use the legal system to defend a controversial paper...

Try As They Might, The Federal Government Can’t Save Texas Coal

Nov. 20, 2017

Vistra Energy recently announced that its Dallas-based subsidiary, Luminant, would be closing two large coal-fired power plants in Texas...

Nuclear and wind power estimated to have lowest levelized CO2 emissions

Nov. 7, 2017

Using data from the Energy Institute’s 2016 Full Cost of Electricity Study, we estimate the levelized carbon intensity for 12 different fuel and technology combinations...

Electricity generated from wind estimated to overtake coal in ERCOT in 2019

Oct. 27, 2017

Recently announced coal-fired power plant retirements and planned wind capacity additions will likely mean the total annual amount of electricity produced by wind in Texas’ wholesale will surpass...

Wind capacity is estimated to overtake coal capacity in ERCOT given recent retirement announcements and planned additions

Oct. 13, 2017

New coal retirements announced by Luminant (Big Brown and Sandow plants) means ERCOT will soon lose significant coal generation capacity. At the same time, wind capacity is expected to increase by nearly...

West Texas Talk: Dr Todd Davidson & Dr Joshua Rhodes Of UT Austin’s Energy Institute

Sept. 8, 2017

On this segment of NPR's West Texas Talk, Lorne Matalon speaks with Dr Todd Davidson and Dr Joshua Rhodes, energy scientists based at the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute...

Energy Institute cited in DOE grid reliability study

Aug. 30, 2017

Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Joshua Rhodes were both cited in a new study on electric grid reliability prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy...

Ten reasons why Trump should support a price on carbon

July 5, 2017

Imposing a price on carbon would inject certainty into the marketplace, spur innovation, simplify a patchwork of state and local regulations, and create a lot of jobs. Enacting legislation that puts a price on carbon...