Houston April 2019 Luncheon

"Post Green New Deal – Someone Has to Lead, So Why Not Us? Opportunities for Wind and Solar Power in Texas"

Our speaker Daniel Cohan from Rice University will focus on assessing solar and wind complementarity in Texas.  Taking advantage of complementary wind and solar resources as well as the natural complementarity of systems with large spread can yield highly impacting results which will lead to a greater ability to meet consumer demand. Learn how the inclusion of both wind and solar in ERCOT’s energy portfolio evens out production and reduces the number of hours where either resource cannot produce. In addition, Cohan will discuss how increasing the area over which wind and solar plants are located results in production times that are less correlated, thereby enhancing the performance of forecasts that are crucial to power pricing and dispatch. This talk will tie all of these findings directly back to wind and solar power trends in ERCOT.
 

Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His research specializes in atmospheric modeling to inform environmental decision-making. In addition to his peer-reviewed publications, he writes for The Hill, The Conversation, and Houston Chronicle. Dr. Cohan received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Georgia Tech, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and was a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team.
 

When and Where

Thursday April 25, 2019
11:45 AM

The Downtown Club at Houston Center
11th Floor
1100 Caroline Street

Houston, TX 77002

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