About Roger Duncan, Author of “The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power”

Roger Duncan is a former Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal electric utility for Austin, Texas. Prior to that, he served as executive manager for several City of Austin departments, including the Environmental and Conservation Services department and Planning and Transportation.

Roger was also elected to two terms as Austin City Council member in the early 1980’s. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Roger as one of the 20 leading “carbon reducers” in the world, and in 2009 National Geographic recognized him as an international thought leader in energy efficiency.

About the Book: “The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power”

Most people at some time or another have fantasized about stepping into the future, if only for a moment. Anyone who grew up watching The Jetsons knows the feeling. Would there be flying cars? Would buildings be sleek, “smart,” and clean, or would they be just one more dysfunctional component of a decaying infrastructure? Would there be robots everywhere? Would life be peaceful or conflict-ridden? Star Trek or The Terminator?

This book is our effort to describe the energy future. It presents our vision for buildings, transportation systems, and the electric grid.

These three sectors—buildings, transportation, and the generation of electricity—account for more than 75% of the total energy consumed in the US, and the same is generally true worldwide. Although agriculture and industry are also important energy consumers, most types of energy conversions take place in these three sectors, making them useful lenses into the future. Moreover, we believe that the increasing interconnections of energy and information in these sectors present a fascinating story about our future. In the future, buildings and vehicles may evolve into sentient-appearing machines. We will be living, working and moving about inside robots.


We’re looking for true everyday heroes: folks who are helping to make their communities a better place.