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Renewable Power and the US Grid: Reliability & The Future of ‘Baseload’ Power

Renewable Power and the US Grid: Reliability & The Future of ‘Baseload’ Power

The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed a rule that would subsidize the ailing coal and nuclear industries, arguing that these sources of electricity are needed to ensure grid reliability as renewable fuels gain market share. Critics of the proposed rule say it is an unnecessary bailout of uncompetitive and dirty energy sources, and that renewables pose no threat to grid reliability. What are the major factors driving change in the U.S. grid? What are the challenges facing regulators? If Secretary Perry’s proposal is adopted, what effect will it actually have?

Join the Harris Energy and Environmental Association and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in partnership with The Aspen Institute, for a panel discussion on the recent proposal, the underlying Electricity Markets and Reliability report, and the possible impacts to the future of U.S. energy.

Event Date: 

November 10, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM


Harris 142

Cost: Free


Greg Gershuny, Managing Director, Energy and Environment Program, The Aspen Institute; Former Associate Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Alison Silverstein, Energy Consultant, Co-Author, Electricity Markets and Reliability Staff Report

Mark Templeton, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, University of Chicago Law School

Sam Ori (Moderator), Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute at UChicago; Becker Friedman Institute at UChicago