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Monday, May, 9, 2016
Doors open: 8:00 AM; Program begins: 8:30 AM

University of Texas
Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building
Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302)
201 East 24th Street
Austin, TX 78712

Due to technical difficulties, there will not be video for this event. The meeting transcript will be made available.


The Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will host a public stakeholder meeting on the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through end use.  

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit stakeholder input for the second installment of the QER, which will be an integrated study of the electricity system from generation to end-use. The meeting will feature remarks by government officials, moderated panel discussions from a diverse group of energy policy experts from the private and public sector, and an opportunity for the public to provide comments during an open microphone session.  

All regional QER public stakeholder meetings will have panel discussions and a public comment period that will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the electricity sector and its key role in promoting economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility.  Each regional meeting will dedicate one panel discussion to focus on an electricity issue of regional importance. The regional panel in meeting in Austin will cover the footprint of the state of Texas, the grid operations and flow of energy for most of which is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).


Public comments can be submitted online

The Administration is seeking public input on key questions relating to possible federal actions that would address the challenges and take full advantage of the opportunities of the changing electricity system to meet the Nation's objectives of reliable, affordable and clean electricity. DOE will accept public comments on the QER from February 4, 2016, to July 1, 2016.

Submitting comments online to the DOE Web site will require you to provide your name and contact information. Your contact information will be viewable to DOE staff only. Your first and last names, organization name (if any), and submitter representative name (if any), will be publicly viewable. Your contact information will be publicly viewable if you include it in the comment itself or in any documents attached to your comment. Any information that you do not want to be publicly viewable should not be included in your comment, nor in any document attached to your comment. Otherwise, persons viewing comments will see only first and last names, organization names, correspondence containing comments, and any documents submitted with the comments. Do not submit information for which disclosure is restricted by statute, such as trade secrets and commercial or financial information (hereinafter referred to as Confidential Business Information (CBI)). Comments submitted through the DOE Web site cannot be claimed as CBI.

Confidential Business Information: Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via email, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier two well-marked copies: one copy of the document marked “confidential” including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document marked “non-confidential” with the information believed to be confidential deleted. Submit these documents via email or on a CD, if feasible. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. Confidential information should be submitted to the Confidential QER email address:QERConfidential@hq.doe.gov.

Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include: (1) a description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest. It is DOE's policy that all comments may be included in the public docket, without change and as received, including any personal information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be exempt from public disclosure).