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Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage

Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT  
Host: Definitive Solar Institute
By: Ron Seidel, Principal, RBS Energy Consulting

Ron Seidel, PE, principal at RBS Energy Consulting and Principal Solar, Inc. board member will discuss and answer questions about his recent whitepaper, "Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage."

Ron's whitepaper is very timely because in the summer of 2011, Texas experienced extremely low reserve margin periods throughout the state... causing average wholesale electricity prices to skyrocket to more than twice their normal level. Given that Texas is expected to add another 14 million to its population between 2010 and 2030, these shortages raise alarms about the state's ability to meet future energy demand. Success will depend upon finding the most effective way to incent the development of more capacity.

Unlike many other states, Texas has had a competitive retail market for electricity since 2001, replacing the traditional cost of a service-based regulated market. The market requires customers to choose a competitive electricity supplier and allows retail suppliers to set their prices without regulatory interference. However, regulatory action has resulted in caps being placed on system-wide wholesale power prices with the intent of protecting consumers. It is these system-wide offer caps that have limited prices, reduced potential profitability for wholesalers and restrained the development of new generation.

Click here to access and download the complete whitepaper.


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Ron Seidel
Ron Seidel

Principal, RBS Energy Consulting

Ron Seidel is principal of RBS Energy Consulting, working with private equity, investment banks, and government on electric energy issues primarily in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.

Prior to his consultancy, Ron was president of Texas Independent Energy with full P & L responsibility for two 1,000 megawatt combined-cycle plants in ERCOT, senior vice president of Energy Supply at City Public Service of San Antonio, and an executive at TXU where, among other duties, he was senior vice president of Fossil Generation and Mining, president of TXU Energy Trading, and operations manager at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant. 

Ron holds his Mechanical Engineering degree from New Mexico State University; earned his M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University; is a registered professional engineer in Texas; and has held a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Senior Reactor Operator license.

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