U.S. expert in clean energy and former Austin Energy General Manager Roger Duncan dictated a lecture entitled “Integration of renewable energies” at the School of Engineering and Science where he met with students and academics, to discuss topics such as infrastructure, regulatory, economic, costs and price barriers, mitigation models of such barriers, and the integration of unconventional renewable energy to power generation networks.
The University of Texas professor further stated that there are two predominant energy models in the world: renewable portfolio standards, which is the one used in Chile, UK, Italy, Belgium and 30 U.S. states and the preferential tariff model for renewable energies (feed-in tariff),successfully implemented in countries like Germany where he said, renewable energy increased from 3.4% in 1990 to 14% in 2007, with atarget of 30% by 2020.
Regarding electrical transmission, the ECPA Senior Fellow Roger Duncan said that this was a major issue as it is very difficult to deliver the generated energy, leading to negotiations between the generator and transmitter to share the risks of transmission. On workforce related issues,he also stressed the importance of having a workforce with the expertise to develop, deploy and manage renewable energy and infrastructure and system that involves its implementation.
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