The Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has developed an online interactive decision support tool, the Energy Futures Dashboard, as part of its Energy Infrastructure of the Future study. The goal is to enhance the public dialog and policy formulation about energy infrastructure with quantitative, rigorous, and dispassionate analysis that identifies and quantifies the costs, benefits, and opportunities of different options.
The dashboard enables users to change three subsets of goals for one of thirteen U.S. regions for the year 2050: the mix of major electricity generation sources, the percentage of light duty vehicles that are electric, and the percentage of households heated by natural gas or electricity (heat pumps). After submitting inputs, the dashboard performs calculations, and results are presented to the user in the form of numbers of power plants, electricity generation, land use, costs and spending on energy, and energy-related CO2 emissions. This webinar will introduce the dashboard and discuss key issues related to the future of energy infrastructure development in the US.