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How do we ensure sufficient supplies of electricity to meet expected demand? The third Annual Austin Electricity Conference (held April 18 and 19) took on that topic--‘resource adequacy’ as it is known in energy industry parlance--recently on the University of Texas Campus.


Power grid operators, in Texas and elsewhere, must make difficult decisions when the demand for electricity strains the system’s limits. They can add more electricity to the grid by turning on another power plant, but that can be costly and increases toxic emissions. Alternatively, they can lower demand for power by asking consumers and businesses to reduce their energy usage.


Professor David Spence, of the BGS Department, participated in a panel at the Power Plant Conference at the University of Texas School of Law on February 17, 2013. The subject of the panel was "The Climate for Legislative and Regulatory Change After the 2012 Elections." There is a video of Professor Spence's presentation that can be found on the conference website.


Spence Gives Talks on Energy Issues

David Spence gave a series of talks recently on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. On April 4th, Professor Spence spoke about the regulation of shale gas production to a student seminar on "climate change and energy" at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles. On April 25th, he spoke about the politics of fracking regulation at a conference on Legal and Policy Pathways for Energy Innovation at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. On April 26th he spoke at the Annual Conference of the Association for Law, Property and Society, also at UM in Minneapolis. The subject of the second talk was the conflict between state and local regulation of shale gas production in the states.


Dave Spence published an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal on April 15 addressing the issue of whether the federal government should regulate fracking activity. Dave argued that the states are better choices to regulate fracking, while Prof. Jody Freeman of Harvard Law School argued that the federal government should be the primary regulator.