Power | From Generation to Consumers
The growth in electric energy demand in our country and globally requires a real and genuine "all-of-the-above" strategy. We must have renewables, nuclear energy, solar energy and certainly coal, oil and gas as generating options. While we must minimize carbon footprints, we must also realize that all forms of power generation pose challenges to the environment, people, cultures and the supply chain. We also recognize that affordability and the ability to deploy technology will be key enablers for global impact in a world with increasing demand, in developing as well as developed countries.
In addition to changing how we make our power, we must also transform our transmission infrastructure and our ability to distribute to a wide range of consumers with many different needs. We require a high-performance, flexible, and robust transmission system that serves more customers over a wider area, isolates problems on its own, and aids customers with energy conservation. Rice's Energy and Environment Initiative will research the fundamentals, adhere to its core principles, and be mindful that broad societal impact comes from commercially advantaged technology.