UT Austin Petroleum Engineering sophomore Karan Jerath has been selected by the United Nations as a Young Leader for Sustainable Development Goals. Jerath, who invented a device that can help prevent oil spills, recently was named the youngest member of the Forbes ’30 Under 30 Energy’ list. With the U.N., Jerath is working with professors and mentors at UT to build “The Grand Energy Challenge,” an international competition open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to pitch ideas related to energy sustainability. Read more.
UT Energy Journalism Fellow Lorne Matalon for NPR’s Marketplace (listen here)
MEXICO CITY—President Donald Trump has said he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. That has a lot of businesses that do cross border trade concerned. That includes some U.S. energy executives even though energy was excluded from NAFTA. Under Mexico’s nascent energy reform program, American energy companies such as Exxon Mobil, led until recently by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, are now pitching once unthinkable exploration and production partnerships with Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned energy agency. It’s all part of Mexico’s attempt to modernize and inject cash into its energy sector. But there may be reform that has to take place at Pemex itself before more U.S. companies invest. [Read more…]
Amidst the vibrancy from speaker panels of the third annual UT Energy Week, students displayed their research in a poster competition.
The research contest saw a total of 30 students in four different categories, including: Fossil Fuels and Byproducts, Environmental and Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Storage, and Energy Economics, Law and Policy. [Read more…]
Jorge R. Piñon
Director, Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, Jackson School of Geosciences
By Gary Rasp
As interim director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences and director of its Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, Jorge Piñon regularly meets with energy industry, academics, and government officials throughout Latin America to nurture collaborative academic and research opportunities within the region. [Read more…]
UT Energy Journalism Fellow Lorne Matalon
MEXICO CITY—Despite challenges that include low prices for crude oil, the increasing reliance on the United States for natural gas, insecurity along the path of Pemex oil pipelines and allegations of corruption within the powerful oil workers union, a senior manager at Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos) portrays Mexican energy reform as a process that represents both a challenge and an opportunity. [Read more…]
UT Energy Journalism Fellow Lorne Matalon
MEXICO CITY—Mexican Undersecretary of Energy for Electricity César Hernández Ochoa says the intersection of rising demand for electricity and a change in Mexico’s constitution paving a path to energy reform represents a substantial upside opportunity for foreign investors. In an interview by UT Energy Journalism Fellow Lorne Matalon at SENER, the Spanish acronym for Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, Hernández said the first item he highlights for foreign investors considering entering his nation’s newly-deregulated electricity markets under Mexican energy reform is the projected population growth over the course of the next quarter century. [Read more…]
UT Energy Week 2017 will be co-hosted by UT Austin’s Energy Institute, the KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, and two student-run organizations – the Longhorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Schools and colleges across the UT Austin campus engaged in energy-related research also support the conference, in collaboration with several on- and off-campus partners. View the program or register now.
Energy Institute Director Dr. Tom Edgar, Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber and Assistant Director Dr. Carey King traveled to the nation’s capital in December to release a new research project, the Full Cost of Electricity, an interdisciplinary initiative aimed at identifying and quantifying the full-system cost of electric power generation and delivery – from the power plant to the wall socket. The trio, joined by the McCombs School of Business’ Dr. Jim Dyer, principal investigator for the project, Energy Institute Assistant Director Dr. Fred Beach and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Josh Rhodes, participated in a press conference and briefed officials from several regulatory agencies, including the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Read more.
The Cockrell School of Engineering and Jackson School of Geosciences has signed a $2.5 million renewal agreement with Norwegian energy company Statoil to expand research addressing a range of environmental and energy issues, said Prof. Jon Olson, Chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. During the past five years, Statoil has supported more than 30 UT Austin graduate students through its Fellowship program. The new funding will support 11 continuing graduate student research projects and five new Statoil fellows. Read more.