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Distributed Energy Resources could trigger transformation of traditional electric utility business model

May 31, 2017

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)...

Are solar and wind really killing coal, nuclear and grid reliability?

May 31, 2017

New research from UT Austin examines the effect of increased amounts of renewable energy on electric grid reliability and the status of nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

Bureau of Economic Geology launches EarthDate radio program

May 31, 2017

UT Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology has created a new radio program – EarthDate – that introduces listeners to many of the planet’s intricate geologic and atmospheric workings and complexities...

De-carbonizing the electric grid focus of 7th annual Austin Electricity Conference

May 31, 2017

Market conditions will continue to drive a movement toward de-carbonization of the nation’s electric grid despite the rescinding of stringent anti-pollution measures...

The Beginning of the End for Electric Utilities’ Traditional Business Model

May 25, 2017

Due to a variety of factors largely outside of their control, the traditional business model for the nation’s investor-owned electric utilities is in trouble. Deep trouble...

Mexico Energy Reform Spurs Larger Scale Cross-Border Electricity Transmission

May 25, 2017

MEXICO CITY—The dream of a unified North American electricity grid could not have been contemplated until Mexico’s electricity market was opened to foreign companies in 2014...

UT Austin researchers selected for NSF Early Career Development Awards

May 4, 2017

Three UT energy researchers were among eight UT Austin faculty members selected for National Science Foundation Early Career Development Awards, the most prestigious honor offered...

Prof. Gary Rochelle participates in Congressional briefing on carbon capture

May 4, 2017

UT Austin Chemical Engineering Prof. Gary Rochelle joined a panel of experts from academia and industry for a Congressional briefing, “Carbon Capture: Tomorrow Just Happened,” hosted...

Nanogrids, microgrids & big data: the future of the power grid

May 4, 2017

Research Professor Bob Hebner argues that the advent of distributed generation and automated transactions will change how we produce and consume electricity in a new paper published by IEEE Spectrum...

New research shows U.S. nuclear power reactors are at a crossroads

May 4, 2017

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...