Energy Symposium

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 25th semester in fall 2023. 

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 (Fall 2023): 61200 (graduate students) / 60925 (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, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.


Upcoming UT Energy Symposium Talks


DateSpeakerTalk Title
August 29, 2023Michael YamoahCoherent implementation of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies and Ongoing Implications for ESG Investing
September 5, 2023Scott Hughey & Shaun BoardmanDecarbonization - The New High-Tech Sector
September 12, 2023Art BermanAn Energy Transition to Renewables Condemns Civilization to its Status Quo Path of Growth & Biophysical destruction
September 19, 2023Julia SteinBergerLiving Well at Lower Energy Demand: Empirical Evidence and Future Research Directions
September 26, 2023Mike LegattWhen Situational Awareness, Mental Models, and Adaptive Capacity Meet Control Room Surprises
October 3, 2023Vida AsiegbuClimate Investing x Diversity
October 10, 2023Kevin BookCarbon Trade War and the Energy Transition
October 17, 2023Steve KleenMacroeconomics and Energy
October 24, 2023Neil KemExploring the Role of Hydrogen & Low-Carbon Fuels in the Energy Sector
October 31, 2023Emily GrubertFossil Phaseout and the Just Energy Transition
November 7, 2023Michael Webber & Carey KingSteelman Discussion: Should ERCOT Interconnect (synchronize) with the Eastern or Western Interconnect?
November 14, 2023Melissa LottTBD
November 28, 2023Clay SellSmall Nuclear Reactors

UT Energy Symposium Talks

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April 18, 2023

Job Creation Dynamics of Electric Vehicle Adoption

JR DeShazo, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

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April 11, 2023

Extreme Climate Risks and Financial Tipping Points

Gaël Giraud, Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Director of the Environmental Justice Program, Georgetown University

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April 4, 2023

Energy and Evolution of Human Economic Order

Lisi Krall, Professor of Economics, State University of New York, Cortland

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March 28, 2023

Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Transitions: the Geospatial Context of Global Change

Sarah Marie Jordaan, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), McGill University

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March 21, 2023

PyPSA Meets Earth: A Vibrant Open Energy System Model Initiative

Stuart Daniel James, Research Associate for Energy System Modeling at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT)

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March 7, 2023

Storing Hydrogen in the Subsurface: Challenges and Opportunities for Low-carbon Energy

Peter Eichhubl, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

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February 28, 2023

CCS: The Swiss Army Knife of Climate Change Mitigation and a Key to the Energy Transition

Alex Bump, Research Geologist, Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

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February 21, 2023

Science and Engineering of Negative Emissions Technologies

Roger Aines, Chief Scientist, Energy and Homeland Security Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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February 14, 2023

February 7, 2023

Energy and the Impact of Incipient Shortages on Cities and Urbanization

William Rees, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia

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January 31, 2023

General Motors' Path to Zero Emissions: A Wholistic View

Rob Threlkeld, Director of Global Energy Strategy for General Motors

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January 24, 2023

Journalist Perspectives on Reporting on the Energy Industry

Andy Uhler, Energy Journalism Fellow, UT’s Energy Institute and Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy

Mose Buchele, Senior Correspondent, Energy & Environment, KUT (Austin's NPR Station)

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January 17, 2023

Are Small-scale LNG Export Facilities Under-regulated in the US?

Jeremy Weber, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

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November 29, 2022

(Book Talk) America's Energy Gamble: People, Economy and Planet

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

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November 15, 2022

Student Symposium with Guest Speakers Matthew Dean and Justin S. Davenport

Matthew Dean, NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Justin S. Davenport, JD Candidate, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin

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November 8, 2022

Lessons from the Real World (Science & Nature > Government Policies & Regulations)

Bill Flores, Vice-Chair and Independent Board Member, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT); Former Member of Congress—U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2021)

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November 1, 2022

The Pros & Cons of Being a Municipal Utility in a Future With More Renewable Electricity

Erika Bierschbach, Vice President of Energy Market Operations & Resource Planning, Austin Energy

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October 25, 2022

Energy Prices and the World Economy

James Hamilton, Professor, Economics, University of California San Diego

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October 18, 2022

October 11, 2022

An Oxford-Style Debate on University Fossil Fuel Divestment

Debate participants include: Cutler Cleveland, Dan Cohn, Bradford Cornell, and Brent Bennett

Moderated by: Carey King

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October 4, 2022

Stranded Fossil-Fuel Assets Translate to Major Losses for Investors in Advanced Economics

Gregor Semieniuk, Assistant Research Professor, Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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September 27, 2022

Building a Molten Salt Research Reactor in Texas by 2025

Derek Haas, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Kevin Clarno, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering (NEXTRA), The University of Texas at Austin

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September 20, 2022

Constraints and Opportunities for Human Futures - A Systems Overview

Nathan Hagens, Director, The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future (ISEOF)

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September 13, 2022

Generating Hydrogen in the Sub-surface

Ian Duncan, GeoH2 Industrial Affiliate Program, State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery Group, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

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September 6, 2022

Findings from the Micro-to-Macro Scale Energy and Economic Systems Modeling Initiative of UT Austin

Balasubramanian Sambasivam and Suman Saurabh, Post-doctoral Fellows, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

These presentations are part of the effort of the Micro-to-Macro Initiative funded via the Energy Institute. Click here to read more.

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