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Spence conducts Seminar: “You’re Biased and I’m Not: Separating Energy Policy From Energy Politics.”

On September 4th 2015, Spence conducted a seminar titled “You’re Biased and I’m Not: Separating Energy Policy From Energy Politics” at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

Professor Spence recently wrote an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle. He writes that, "Whatever you may think about the science behind environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, there are now indisputable rumblings caused by the natural gas drilling procedure in local communities across Texas."

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."