Energy Experts Meet at The University of Texas at Austin to Debate Economics of Electricity Generation, March 24

March 17, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC) at The University of Texas at Austin hosts a forum for energy practitioners, policy-makers and academics on Thursday, March 24, to examine the relative costs of electricity generation, including solar, nuclear, coal, gas and wind.

The topic is timely, given the renewed focus on nuclear energy in the wake of the recent crisis in Japan, and efforts at the federal and state level to address rising energy prices and U.S. energy sustainability.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Steve Corneli, senior vice president, sustainability, policy and strategy, NRG Energy
  • Mark Egan, managing director - commodities origination, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Robert Hebner, director, Center for Electromechanics, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Monty Humble, president and chief operating officer of Austin Energy Partners, LP and managing director of the Texas Institute
  • Greg Pool, senior manager of renewable energy and emissions, Walmart
  • Jonathan Siegler, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Bluescape Resources

"One of the central missions of EMIC is to encourage an honest debate about energy policy and practice," said Sheridan Titman, executive director of the center. "In this conference we will have a spirited debate about the current costs of viable energy alternatives, and how policy will affect those costs going forward."

Seating for the EMIC Spring Forum is limited. Contact Tanya Andrien, associate director of EMIC, for a registration link.

For more information, contact: David Wenger, Red McCombs School of Business, 512 471 3314;  Tanya Andrien, Energy Management and Innovation Center, Red McCombs School of Business, 512-232-6775.