Saturday, February 21, 2009

Electricity Generation - Learning About the Tradeoffs with TIPS

The Texas Interactive Power Simulator (TIPS) is an online tool that allows the user to compare the environmental and economic tradeoffs of different electricity technologies. The user can change the amount of generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, and solar generation technologies and TIPS will calculate the economic costs and environmental impacts of these changes. These values are displayed graphically to allow for easy comparison of what the user chooses and the current generation mix in Texas. TIPS is a good information source and teaching tool for those wishing to explore the tradeoffs of different electricity generation technologies.

TIPS was developed in conjunction between the University of Texas at Austin's Webber Energy Group and Power Across Texas.

1 comment:

Windy said...

This looks like a really great tool, thanks for writing about it. I hope it is promoted well enough such that the average citizen will hear about it and put it to good use.