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MBAs Take First Place at Ross Renewable Energy Case Challenge

Texas MBA students Josh Stillman, Chris Wolf, Jacob Steubing and Kevin White won the second annual Ross Energy Club’s Renewable Energy Case Challenge held Jan. 27-28, at the University of Michigan. 

Texas MBA students celebrate after winning the Ross Renewable Energy Challenge

They beat teams from 15 of the nation's top business schools, including UCLA Anderson, Chicago Booth, Virginia Darden, Duke Fuqua, Northwestern Kellogg and Dartmouth Tuck.

“The case asked each team to analyze the impact of impending coal plant retirements in the northeast due to EPA regulations, while also taking into consideration renewable energy standards in the region.” said team member Joshua Stillman.

The case was written by the RECC committee in association with the title sponsor, Duke Energy, and presented in a traditional style case competition.

“It was interesting to investigate such a cutting-edge challenge facing our country,” said Stillman. “Seeing all of the teams present different solutions, it became clear that there is no one answer to such a complex dilemma.” 

Stillman, Wolf, Steubing and White are all members of the McCombs CleanTech Group, an MBA student organization whose mission is to promote an economically viable, sustainable, and “intelligent-energy” future, through the support of market and technology innovations in energy efficiency, sustainable development, renewable energy and emissions abatement.

“As the CleanTech Group, we wanted to ensure that McCombs is represented in energy discussions on a national scale.” said Stillman.

Last year, McCombs students took second place. 

 

Comments

#1 Gratz on your win!! I'd

Gratz on your win!! I'd suggest you take a look at pure jojoba oil as a viable alternative for fossil fuels. Its totally eco friendly, burning cleanly to form CO2 and it doesn't require loads of effort (aka pollution) to grow. Just my 2 cents.

#2 The challenge was to figure

The challenge was to figure out what type of power plants could be built to take advantage of renewable energy credits and rising electricity prices, while also making sure the reliability issues associated with a loss in coal plant supply would be resolved. We saw that although renewable portfolio standards needed to be met, the intermittent nature of solar and wind could present reliability issues for the region, and so dispatchable energy sources with low capital costs must be examined to balance the region’s portfolio. In particular, we recommended solar and wind investments in attractive REC markets, as well as demand response and gas combustion turbines to provide peaking capacity.

#3 Congrats on your win! Can you

Congrats on your win! Can you elaborate on the solution you gave?

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