In an effort to provide a multi-disciplinary platform for UT faculty and students to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our world, the Energy Institute sponsors the UT Energy Symposium (UTES), which will enter its twelfth semester in spring 2017.
The UTES serves as a “convener” for the campus community, uniting students interested in energy issues with faculty and others working on sustainable energy security.
Students who register for the symposium receive one credit hour for the 15-week seminar course, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Ongoing themes for UTES include climate change policy, innovation and diffusion of energy technologies, low-carbon technology options and status, and behavioral aspects of energy consumption.
The symposium will be held in the Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the POB Connector Lobby at 4:45 p.m., followed by a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute Q&A session.
Schedule of Speakers – Spring 2017
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January 26 Jon Wellinghoff, Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity and former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (2009 – 2013) will give a talk titled “Beyond the Texas Restructured Electric Markets Giving Power and Value to Consumer Energy Resources.”
February 2 Daniel Zavala, post-doctoral-scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, will speak on “Climate Change, Methane, and the Global Oil and Gas system.”
February 9 NO SPEAKER: UT ENERGY WEEK
February 16 Eric Kemp-Benedict, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), will speak on “Decoupling energy consumption from GDP under induced technological change.”
February 23 Michael Legatt, CEO and Founder at ResilientGrid, will speak on “Building a smart grid through smart decision-making and smart organizations.”
March 2 Varun Rai, Associate Professor at the UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs, will give a talk on “The Art of Doing Good Science: Experiences in Interdisciplinary Energy Research.”
March 9 Jorge Piñon, Director of UT Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, will speak on “The Geopolitics of Oil: Western Hemisphere Scenarios.”
March 23 Dale Klein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for the UT System and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will speak on “U.S. & World Nuclear Energy.”
March 30 David Biello, Science Curator at TED Conferences, will give a talk titled “Energy and the Anthropocene.”
April 6 Lorne Matalon, UT Energy Journalism Fellow and reporter for National Public Radio in West Texas, will speak on “Mexican Energy Reform in a time of Insecurity.”
April 13 Peter Muhoro, Director of Energy Research and Strategies, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) will give a talk titled “The Evolving Utility Business Models – The Electric Cooperative Story.”
April 20 Robert Gardner, Manager, Economics and Energy Division, Corporate Strategic Planning at ExxonMobil, will give a talk titled “ExxonMobil 2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.”
April 27 Matt Grocoff, Principal, THRIVE Collaborative, will give a talk titled “Redesigning Civilization: And Other Small Things.”
Schedule of Speakers – Fall 2016
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September 1 Dr. Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist with the University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology, will give a talk titled “Global progress in Carbon Capture and Storage – field demonstrations with emphasis on the storage component”.
September 8 Bert Haskell, Chief Technology Officer for Pecan Street Inc., will speak on “Distributed Energy Resources – Driving Multi-Disciplined Innovation.”
September 15 Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute, will give a talk titled “What is the World Coming To: From Energy Systems to Global Crisis Analysis and Response.”
September 22 Marilu Hastings, vice president, sustainability program, for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, will give a talk titled “Who is that Man Behind the Curtain? Philanthropy’s Role in the Transition to Clean Energy.”
September 29 Paul Wattles, Senior Analyst, Market Design at ERCOT, will speak on “ERCOT and the Evolving Grid: 2016 Perspectives.” Click here for photos of the talk.
October 6 Virginia Lacy, Principal, RMI Electricity Practice will speak on “New Utility Business Models for an Evolving Industry.”
October 13 Dan Matisoff, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, will give a talk titled “Cash is King! The Comparative Effectiveness of Solar Incentives.”
October 20 Russell Gold, senior energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal, will give a talk titled “Fail Faster, Be Nimbler: Does the Oil & Gas Industry Have Anything to Learn from Silicon Valley?”
October 27 Elizabeth Stein, Senior Manager – New York Clean Energy Law & Policy for the Environmental Defense Fund, will speak on “Reforming the Energy Vision: An Electric System for Stormy Times.”
November 3 Colin Meehan, Director of Regulatory & Public Affairs at First Solar, will give a talk titled “Power Markets, Regulation, and Utility Scale Solar in the U.S.”
November 10 Barbara Tyran, Executive Director, Government & External Relations at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will speak on “EPRI’s Integrated Grid.”
November 17 George Schaefer, a retired senior financial executive with over 30 years’ experience in the independent power industry, will give a talk titled “Dust to Dust, with a stop at the Stars: The NRG Story.”
If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Christa Hopkins, who can be reached at 512-475-8447, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.
Click to view the 2015-2016 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2014-2015 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2013-2014 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2012-2013 UTES presentation archive.
Click to view the 2011-2012 UTES presentation archive.