Mr. Skip Mills, Director, Environmental and Energy Technology Division
Texas Center for Applied Technology
Phone: 210-633-2427 x 229
Fax: 210-633-2923


Mr. Skip Mills is the Director in San Antonio of the Environmental & Energy Technology Division for the Texas Center for Applied Technology, a Center within the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M University System. Skip heads two interdisciplinary laboratories (Environmental and Energy) composed of over 20 professional engineers and scientists. His engineering and science staffs are currently involved in a number of projects ranging from distributed generation/micro-grids to air emissions testing and evaluation of up and downstream impacts for the oil and gas industry. He also has extensive experience in BRAC and was one of the key developers of the Brooks City-Base and Brooks City-Base Foundation (a non-profit research entity) in San Antonio.

Mr. Mills’ past experiences include over forty years in military and civilian leadership and management roles (USAF Colonel, Retired) in both technical and operational environments of engineering, training, program management, and multi-disciplinary test and evaluation experience. Skip is a Command Pilot with over 6000 hours of flight time.

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 3: Conventional Energy Technologies Panel, Water Use in Power Plants

Affordable electric power and water are two highly interdependent, critical resources that must be sustained if Texas is to preserve its economic health and prosperity. Producing energy and electric power require access to sufficient water supplies. Conversely, water cannot be pumped, treated, or distributed without affordable energy. This energy-water nexus presents challenges when the availability of either resource is limited. My presentation will discuss a recent TCAT study that collected and analyzed available data to look closer into the relationship between energy and water especially as it applies to Texas power plant cooling. The objective is to provide an understanding of the water conservation and consumption in Texas electric generation as well as the viability and impacts of implementing various power plant cooling technologies in Texas.