UT Austin Energy Bulletin
A Monthly Update from the Energy Institute of The University of Texas at Austin
|The UT Austin Energy Bulletin is a monthly update on energy-related research, recent and upcoming events, grants, awards and special announcements – a recap of all things energy at The University of Texas at Austin.
UT Energy Poll reveals public divided on energy issues
American consumers hold widely divergent views on energy issues that often reflect partisan bias, the latest UT Energy Poll reports. Findings from the online survey, released April 9 by the McCombs School of Business, show that despite their differences on many issues, many consumers – regardless of their political affiliation – oppose selling domestically produced natural gas to other countries. For more, read the McCombs School of Business’ press release and poll findings and the Texas Enterprise story.
Bureau of Economic Geology releases shale gas assessment
This new study, believed to be the most thorough assessment yet of the natural gas production potential of North Texas’ Barnett Shale, foresees slowly declining production through the year 2030, with total recovery at greater than three times cumulative production to date. The forecast has broad implications for the future of U.S. energy production and policy.
UT students collaborate with Pecan Street Inc.
Two UT Austin engineering students are participating in a cutting-edge collaboration with Pecan Street Inc. that involves in-depth research in energy consumption, conservation, distribution and storage. The National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program (IGERT) gives students the opportunity to model and analyze data sets about the future use of energy. Learn more about this project and the IGERT program.
Energy Institute Director Tom Edgar to lead clean manufacturing project contract with DOE funds
Dr. Thomas Edgar, professor of chemical engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering and director of the Energy Institute, will lead a new project to develop the nation’s first open smart-manufacturing technology platform for industrial networked information applications to reduce energy consumption. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition a $7.8 million contract for the $10 million project. For more, read the Cockrell School of Engineering press release.
Liquefied natural gas exports: economic opportunity or energy security threat?
The shale gas boom in the United States holds the prospect of inexpensive natural gas for the foreseeable future. While it is customary for Americans to worry about energy security and energy independence, neither of those terms was ever intended to describe a world in which all the energy consumed in the United States was produced here. For more read David Spence’s op-ed in Texas Enterprise.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“We have created a very dynamic and granular model that accounts for the key geologic, engineering and economic parameters, and this adds significant rigor to the forecasts.”
2013 Austin Electricity Conference | April 18-19
Reducing demand for electricity during peak periods was one of four issues that took center stage at the third annual Austin Electricity Conference, hosted by McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC), and held on the UT Austin campus April 18 – 19. The conference brought together nationally prominent academics, regulators, NGOs and others to examine issues surrounding the power grid and electricity markets. Read more.
Water & Technology Course | May 7-8
UT Austin’s IC2 Institute will host a special two-day course on water and technology, May 7 – 8. The course targets a wide range of disciplines from engineering to policy, covering both societal and technical/scientific aspects of water. Visit the CleanTX Foundation website to learn more and register.
Young Professionals in Energy annual crawfish boil | May 4
The 2013 Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) and friends annual crawfish boil is coming up May 4, at Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar. Proceeds will benefit Skillpoint Alliance.