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: political ideology drives public opinion on key energy issues
Partisan politics are polarizing Americans’ views of several controversial energy issues, including the Keystone XL pipeline and hydraulic fracturing, according to the latest version of The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll. The nationwide online survey, conducted March 4–13, shows that 72 percent of Republicans who say they are familiar with Keystone XL support its construction, compared with only 28 percent of Democrats familiar with the project. For more, read an article in the McCombs School of Business’ Texas Enterprise and visit the energy poll website to read the press release, topline findings, and infographics.
New Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering chair discusses role of engineers in latest oil and gas boom
After decades of decline, technological advances have revived the nation’s oil and gas production – and petroleum engineers are largely responsible for the turnaround that has led to the recent boom, observes Prof. Jon Olson, the chair of UT Austin’s renowned Petroleum and Geosystems Department. For more, read an article in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
Michael Webber in Fortune op-ed: this time, let’s use the decline in oil prices to develop sound, long-term energy policy
In an April 27 op-ed in Fortune magazine, Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber argues that the most recent collapse in oil prices presents a great opportunity to enact sound, long-term energy policies that maintain strong domestic production while meeting national security and environmental objectives such as reduced imports and emissions. Read more of Dr. Webber’s insights on how the U.S. can seize the moment and develop sensible energy policy for the future.
Bureau of Economic Geology hosts annual Industry Day at Houston Research Center
Researchers and graduate students from UT Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology were in Houston recently for the Bureau’s annual Industry Day, held this year at the Houston Research Center (HRC). The theme for the event, “The Power of Research in a Down Cycle,” provided an opportunity to showcase the Bureau’s tremendous depth of expertise in energy, environmental, and energy-economics research. Participants, which included representatives from the oil and gas industry, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, also were given a tour of the HRC’s repository of core and other rock materials. Read more.
Energy Institute Director discusses UT Austin’s contributions to clean energy development with French journalists
Energy Institute Director Dr. Tom Edgar recently met with a crew of journalists from France studying the City of Austin’s investments in clean energy technology. The group visited the UT Austin campus to learn about the university’s contributions to the City’s initiatives and to hear about UT’s research across the broad spectrum of energy-related fields. Read more.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“We can watch plummeting oil prices set us back decades, or we can be proactive and use this golden opportunity to implement a long-term energy vision …”
Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber, in his op-ed in Fortune magazine, ‘Why this oil price collapse could be different.’
UT team finishes third in Texas Energy Innovation Challenge
A team of UT Austin graduate students picked up $5,000 in scholarships for finishing third among five teams competing in the 2015 Energy Innovation Challenge, an annual research competition hosted by Power Across Texas. This year’s event focused on developing an innovative use for water produced in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas production. Energy Institute Assistant Director Dr. Fred Beach led the UT team, which included MBA candidates Alex Gupta and James Lamb, Zhengwang Lisa, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering, and LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Ariadna Reyes. Read more.