UT Energy Symposium

A weekly guest lecture series that is both free and open to the public and available for course credit.

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 27th semester in fall 2024. 

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.

Each UTES talk will be recorded and posted on this page and on the Energy Institute YouTube channel following the event.

Instructor: Carey King
Unique Number (Spring 2024): 60345 (graduate students) / 60030 (undergraduates)
Day & Time: Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Christa Hopkins, who can be reached at 512-475-8447 or christa@energy.utexas.edu, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.


UT Energy Symposium Talks

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April 16, 2024

The Politics of the Energy Transition

David Spence, Professor of Energy Law, The University of Texas at Austin

Joshua Busby, Professor of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Sheila Olmstead, Professor of Public Affairs and Dean Rusk Chair, The University of Texas at Austin

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April 9, 2024

What Can Biology and Ecology Teach Us About Energy and the Economy?

James H. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico 

Charles A. S. Hall Professor Emeritus, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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April 2, 2024

The Economics of Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector

Jackson Dorsey, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin.

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March 19, 2024

Linking Zero Net Energy Housing with Affordable Housing

Michael Garrison,  Professor of Architecture, Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellow, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin.

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March 5, 2024

Planning and Operational Challenges on the Path to a Cleaner Future

Mark G. Lauby, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, NERC.

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February 13, 2024

Incorporating Nuclear in the Energy Mix to Achieve Net Zero

Jhansi Kandasamy, Executive Director for Net-Zero at Idaho National Laboratory.

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February 6, 2024

Reducing Grid Emissions with a Software Upgrade

Dr. Kyri Baker, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder.

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January 30, 2024

The Coal Trap: How West Virginia Was Left Behind in the Clean Energy Revolution

James Van Nostrand,  Former Charles M. Love, Jr. Endowed Professor West Virginia University College of Law.

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January 23, 2024

The HyVelocity Hydrogen Hub Project & the US Model for Energy Innovation

Brian Korgel and Andy Uhler, Rashid Engineering Regents Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering & Director of the Energy Institute and UT Energy Journalism Fellow.

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January 16, 2024

Changing Energy Geopolitics with Notes on the Eurasia Crises

Tatiana Mitrova, Research Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy and Independent Director

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November 28, 2023

November 7, 2023

The Energy Blindness of Economics From Adam Smith to William Nordhaus

Steve Keen, Distinguished Research Fellow, University College London

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November 3, 2023

Creating Global Markets for Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Natural Gas

Dr. David Allen and Dr. Arvind Ravikumar, Co-Directors of Energy Emissions Modeling and Data Lab (EEMDL) and Professors at The University of Texas at Austin

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October 31, 2023

Fossil Phaseout and the Just Energy Transition

Emily Grubert, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

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October 23, 2023

Exploring the Role of Hydrogen & Low-Carbon Fuels in the Energy Sector

Neil Kern, Program Manager of the Low-Carbon Research Initiative at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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October 10, 2023

Carbon Trade War and the Energy Transition

Kevin Book, Managing Director of Research, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC

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October 3, 2023

Climate Investing x Diversity

Vida Asiegbu, Principal, Investor, Energy Impact Partners

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September 19, 2023

Living Well Within Limits: Is It Possible? And What Will It Take?

Julia Steinberger, Professor, Institute of Geography & Sustainability, University of Lausanne

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September 12, 2023

Substituting Renewable Energy for Fossil Fuels is a Doomsday Stratagem

Arthur E. Berman, Director, Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc.

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September 5, 2023

Is Decarbonization the Next Industrial Revolution?

Shaun Boardman, Chief Sustainable Technologies Officer, GreenStarBCS

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