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AEC Conference Details

The conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel in Austin, Texas. If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Brooks Hanna no later than five business days prior to the event. Check out the event details below; a comprehensive list of keynote speakers, presentations, and conference sponsors is coming soon.
Thursday, April 20 >

Thursday, April 20

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Outside of Classroom 105 Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  Classroom 105

Introduction and Conference Overview
David Spence, University of Texas at Austin
9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 10:45 a.m -11:00 a.m outside of classroom 105

Panel 1 Discussion:  Deep Decarbonization Plans

12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Classroom 103

Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 2:45 p.m - 3:00 p.m outside of classroom 105

Panel 2 Discussion: Zero-carbon Generation Technology 

4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Amphitheater Patio 


Friday, April 21

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Outside of Classroom 105 Breakfast 
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 10:00 a.m - 10:15 am. outside of classroom 105

Panel 3 Discussion: Managing the Decarbonized Grid
Moderator: Dr. Ross Baldick, The University of Texas at Austin

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Classroom 103 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Classroom 105
*Coffee Break from 2:00 p.m - 2:15 p.m outside of classroom 105

Panel 4 Discussion: Decarbonization Policy
Moderator: Dr. David Adelman, The University of Texas at Austin

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Classroom 105 Wrap Up
David Spence, University of Texas at Austin


PANEL 1: Deep Decarbonization Plans: This panel will explore the basics contours of some of the more prominent plans for rapid, deep decarbonization of the electricity supply, including those proposed by academic researchers and government policymakers. By providing a deeper understanding of these various plans, this panel will lay the predicate for the discussion to follow in Panels 2-4.
Moderator: Dr. David Spence;

PANEL 2: Zero-carbon Generation Technology: This panel will explore the technologies that will comprise zero-carbon grid. This includes not only renewable power, but also storage and behind the meter technologies, such as batteries, pumped storage hydro, demand response, distributed energy resources, etc. Are these technologies ready? How costly are they? Does heavier reliance on these technologies pose issues that we have not fully explored? 
Moderator: Dr. Varun Rai;

PANEL 3: Managing the Decarbonized Grid: This panel explores the operational issues associated with integration of more and more intermittent resources over time. What will a mostly-renewable generation mix require in the way of complementary investment – e.g., new transmission to support utility-scale renewables, more storage, new types of ancillary services to replace the inertia of conventional generation, and/or new distribution investments to support distributed energy resources? What other grid changes will be necessary to provide a reliable electricity supply at reasonable cost when all or most of our power comes from zero-emission sources?
Moderator: Dr. Ross Baldick;

PANEL 4: Decarbonization Policy: What are the important policy questions posed by deep decarbonization? How can and should legal institutions evolve to manage the transition to a zero-emission electricity supply? Given the necessity to compensate for intermittency in renewable production, what are the policies needed to make sure that the complementary technologies such as storage are in place together with the renewables? How do the answers to those questions change over time as grid operations become more fundamentally different to our current grid dominated by conventional generation?
Moderator: Dr. David Adelman;

Conference Organizers

David Adelman
UT School of Law

Ross Baldick
Cockrell School of Engineering

Varun Rai
Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs & Cockrell School of Engineering

David Spence
Red McCombs School of Business and UT School of Law

Melinda Taylor
UT School of Law


Brooks Hanna

Isabel Anheier


Stay at the AT&T Conference Center

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 404-1900
Cut off date to reserve a room: Wednesday April 5, 2017 

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