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Faculty & Staff Viewpoints

Op-Ed: It’s time to bring women into the energy conversation

Encouraging more women to take active roles in energy issues will not only elevate the status of women, it will help achieve a more sustainable future for everyone. Read the entire op-ed by Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber and UT Energy Poll Director Sheril Kirshenbaum.


Lessons from the shale revolution

Engineering Professor Michael Webber examines the confluence of market forces, government policy and technological innovation that has triggered a dramatic surge in domestic oil and natural gas production. For more, read Dr. Webber’s article in the October issue of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers magazine.


Marston: Power subsidy for powerless taking hits

By Jim Marston
Originally published in the Austin American-Statesman, August 8, 2013

In 1999, Texas transitioned from a fully-regulated, rate-controlled retail electric market to a deregulated, competitive electricity market. The competitive electricity marketplace allows most Texans to choose from dozens of electricity providers, and it has helped push Texas to the top of grid modernization rankings. At the same time, many consumer advocates warned in 1999 that a competitive electricity retail market would increase prices, squeezing out low-income electricity users. Their objections prompted the state to create the System Benefit Fund and the accompanying low-income electricity assistance program, LITE-UP.

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The Geo-Politics of Energy

By Michael Brenner

The current turmoil in the greater Middle East confirms the region’s centrality in world affairs as the place where ideological and strategic political forces intersect the established patterns of economic interdependence. Energy and finance are the twinned dimensions of that deep and intricate connectedness that are vulnerable to disruption by conflict, impaired government authority or calculated attempts to use control of energy resources as a diplomatic weapon.

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not represent the Energy Institute or The University of Texas at Austin.

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