This project was principally funded by UT Austin’s Energy Institute, which receives support from academic units on the UT Austin campus engaged in energy research, as well as unrestricted financial contributions from a variety of industrial, governmental, and non-profit sponsors. Visit http://energy.utexas.edu/mission/sponsors-financial-support/ for additional details about where and from whom the Energy Institute receives support.
We would like to acknowledge Austin Energy, City Public Service Energy, Sharyland Utilities, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, and the Environmental Defense Fund for their financial support and intellectual contributions to this study. In addition, we would like to thank the American Wind Energy Association, First Solar, NRG, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, and AEP for their technical inputs.
This acknowledgement should not be considered an endorsement of the results by any of the entities that contributed financially or intellectually.
Disclosure of Affiliation
The University of Texas at Austin is committed to transparency and disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. Each of the contributing authors to this study abide by the disclosure policies of the University of Texas at Austin and have filed their required financial disclosure forms with the university. None of the researchers have reported receiving any research funding that would create a conflict of interest or the appearance of such a conflict.
In addition to their research on topics generally related to energy systems, some of the authors of this study are equity partners in IdeaSmiths LLC, a consulting firm that conducts research on some of the same topics and areas of interests covered in this study. The terms of this consulting arrangement have been reviewed and approved by the University of Texas at Austin in accordance with its policy on objectivity in research.
A full list of sponsors for projects in Dr. Webber’s research group can be found here; his affiliations and board positions are listed here. Dr. King’s sponsors can be viewed on his website. Dr. Edgar’s sponsors can be viewed here.
Dr. Shelia Olmstead’s current funders include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Resources for the Future, and the Property Environment Research Center; her affiliations can be found here. A list of the Center for Electromechanics’ sponsors can be found here. Sponsors of research conducted by the Center for Energy Economics are listed here.