Ted Kury's current research interests include economics, energy, energy policy, energy risk management, energy and the environment, storm hardening, grid security, energy markets and regulatory policy. He is the director of Energy Studies for the Public Utility Research Center at the Warrington College of Business.
Areas of Expertise (9)
Energy and the Environment
Energy Risk Management
Media Appearances (5)
What happened in Texas raises questions about Florida's power system
Florida Trend online
“Could what happened in Texas happen here?” says Ted Kury, energy studies director with the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, repeating a question. He pauses awhile. “It’s possible,” he allows.
How can Texas avoid catastrophe the next time extreme weather hits?
So how can the Lone Star State gird its energy system against inevitable future disasters? Ted Kury, the director of Energy Studies at the University of Florida's Public Utility Research Center, tells Mic that one of the most important actions would be to have generators on hand that are specifically prepared for extreme weather events. Of course, because of Texas's energy market, which is largely isolated from the rest of the country, this is a challenge, Kury notes.
Biden Administration Approved Texas Power Request, Contrary to False Claim
Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida, said “when wholesale prices get high, the market operator is actually hoping that this sends a signal to folks to stop using electricity.” That works for, say, large companies — but it often ends up being punitive for residential customers.
How wind and solar toppled Exxon from its place as America’s top energy company
In 1996, a major reform by the Bill Clinton-era Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opened a lucrative door for Florida Power & Light. Factories and other large electricity users were frustrated at being stuck with high rates, says Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center. FERC Order 888 allowed states to de-monopolize their electricity sectors, for the first time inviting power companies to compete.
After Irma, Florida prepares for days — and maybe weeks — without power
The Washington Post online
The high number of outages across Florida were due largely to the storm’s massive size, said Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. “For a significant period of time, the entire state was under a hurricane warning,” Kury said. “Normally it comes through, sometimes it comes through fast and sometimes it comes through slowly. But this one hit pretty much everybody.