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Sustainable Energy Options for Austin Energy

During the 2008-2009 academic year the City of Austin, on behalf of Austin Energy (AE), and Solar Austin co-funded a policy research project to review options for AE to achieve sustainable energy generation and become carbon neutral by 2020. This …  More

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Photovoltaics in Texas Part Two: Strategies for Growth

As the world turns to clean energy sources, Texas has a strategic opportunity to expand its traditional energy leadership capacity into solar power. This article is the second in a two-part series examining the photovoltaics (PV) industry in Texas. The …  More

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Photovoltaics in Texas Part One: New Market Opportunity

Why isn't Texas – with its natural solar endowment, semi-conductor expertise, energy business talent, and scientific leadership – a national and global leader in the solar industry? This two-part TBR article establishes the economic, public policy, and technological rationale for …  More

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Texas Energy: The Next Generation: The Role of Renewables in Generating Electricity

In recent years, renewable energy has gained ground as a viable future source of energy in the electric industry. Such recognition has been due to the environmentally friendly aspects of renewables resources, federal government incentives and state government mandates, and …  More

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Enriching Economy and Environment: Making Central Texas the Center for Clean Energy

Overview of clean energy technologies, their economic potential, and the resources making up an emerging clean energy cluster in Central Texas.

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Plugging into the Texas Electricity Market: Avoiding the Mistakes of California

If all goes as planned, by January 1, 2002, customer choice will have been introduced to most Texans currently served by investor-owned electric utilities. In some other states, like California, the transition to a competitive retail electricity market has proven …  More

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Rewired for Competition: The Restructuring of Electricity Markets in Texas

Traditionally, the U.S. electric utility industry has been subject to a comprehensive system of government regulation. However, in the 1980s, policymakers and economists increasingly questioned the need for regulatory oversight of some utility functions. Particularly in Texas, the potential for …  More

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Texas as a Net Energy Importer: Does it Matter?

By some calculations, Texas became a new energy importer in 1991. In that year, the BTU (or heat) value of Texas consumption of petroleum products, natural gas, propane, and renewable energy (wood, wind, and solar) exceeded the BTU value of …  More

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Renewable Energy in Texas

Examination of the production potential and demand in Texas for renewable energy from three sources: solar photovoltaic cells, wind and bioenergy.

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Has Texas Become a Net Importer of Energy Resources?

Examination of whether Texas has become a new importer of energy resources. The answer depends on the method of comparison, by heating value or economic value.

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