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Austin Electricity Conference 2020: Resource Adequacy in an Era of Unprecedented Change

Resource adequacy is among the most contentious and important issues raised by the large-scale deployment of renewables in the United States. Among critics of a low-carbon transition, the threat renewables pose to resource adequacy, and the economics of electricity generation, is central to their belief that fossil-fuel generation and nuclear power must be preserved. Among renewables proponents, the challenges of ensuring resource adequacy are either downplayed or dismissed as insignificant until the market penetration of renewables reaches much higher levels than today. This conference will evaluate the near- and long-term implications of renewables deployment for resource adequacy. The forces currently at work are extraordinarily dynamic, particularly with the emergence of grid-scale storage and the rapid rate of technological progress and declining costs for solar generation. 

With Resource Adequacy in an Era of Unprecedented Change  as its theme, the 10th Annual Austin Electricity Conference (AEC), March 5 & 6, 2020, will examine the influence of key policy instruments, such as capacity markets and operating reserve demand curves; the degree to which low-carbon technologies, both distributed and utility-scale, contribute to or complicate resource adequacy; and new business models that are evolving in response to economic and technological change in the utility sector.

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