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2007-08 Seminars


"Renewable Energy and the Electric Future of Texas"

Mark Kapner
Senior Strategy Engineer
Austin Energy

Abstract
The presentation will explain the current electric generation mix in Texas (the state with the highest electric energy consumption, even though it has about half the population of California). It will describe the essential characteristics of the renewable energy resources that are playing a growing role in the State's energy future: wind, solar, and bio-energy, the current status of these technologies, their deployment in Texas, and their likely expansion. It will discuss the economics of renewable energy technologies, with focus on Texas, major barriers to deployment (from a utility perspective) and speculate on the maximum level of penetration of each technology in the State's generation mix. The presentation will conclude with a brief description of the Plug In Partners campaign and the impact of plug-in vehicles on the electric grid.