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 24th semester in spring 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 (Spring 2023): 60400 (graduate students) / 60060 (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

February 7

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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February 14

Probing Electrochemical Phenomena in Electrochemical Hydrogen Technologies with Self-assembled Block Copolymer Templates

Christopher Arges, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Penn State

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February 21

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 28

Coherent Implementation of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies and Ongoing Implications for ESG Investing

Michael Yamoah, Director of Engagement, Federated Hermes

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March 7

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

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

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March 14

Spring Break - No Speaker

March 21

An Open Energy System Model Initiative for our Earth

Stuart Daniel James, Research Associate at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT)

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March 28

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

Sarah Jordaan, Associate Professor, Life Cycle Assessment / Industrial Ecology, The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University 

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April 4

Energy and the Evolution of Human Economic Order

Lisi Krall, Professor, Department of Economics at the State University of New York Cortland

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April 11

To Be Determined (on the subject of macroeconomic modeling in context of finance and climate change)

Gaël Giraud, Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy & Founder/Director of the Georgetown Environmental Justice Program, Georgetown University; Senior Researcher at CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research)

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April 18

Job Creation Dynamics of Electric Vehicle Adoption

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

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UT Energy Symposium Talks

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February 7, 2019

California Energy Policy in Crisis

Michael Wara, Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program, Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

January 31, 2019

Non-Renewable Resources, Extraction Technology, and Economic Growth

Martin Stuermer, Sr. Research Economist, Research Dept., Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

November 29, 2018

Geopolitical and energy trade affected by China’s rise

David Firestein, Executive Director, China Public Policy Center; Clinical Professor of Public Affairs, LBJ School, UT Austin

November 15, 2018

Book talk: Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier

Maya Rao, Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writer and author of Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier

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November 8, 2018

Innovating for a Clean Energy Future

Kate Zerrenner, Senior Manager, Energy-Water Initiatives, Environmental Defense Fund

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October 25, 2018

Addressing Energy Poverty in Texas

Dana Harmon, Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute

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October 18, 2018

Shale: The Revolution That Wasn’t

Richard Chuchla, Director, Energy and Earth Resources program, Jackson School of Geosciences

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October 11, 2018

Renewables and electricity market design

Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics, University of Cologne and University of Maryland

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October 4, 2018

Transitioning to electricity as a fuel: challenges and opportunities for remaking our refueling infrastructure

Mike Nicholas, Senior Researcher, The International Council on Clean Transportation

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September 27, 2018

What We Measure Matters – US Electricity in the Future

Robert Hebner, Director, Center for Electromechanics, The University of Texas at Austin

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September 20, 2018

Creative Destruction and the Electric Utility of the Future

David Hurlbut, Senior Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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September 13, 2018

Fuel Taxation, Emissions Policy, and Competitive Advantage in the Diffusion of European Diesel Automobiles

Eugenio J. Miravete, Professor, Department of Economics, The University of Texas at Austin

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September 6, 2018

How Energy Fits into the History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

Raj Patel, Research Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs

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April 26, 2018

Planet Texas 2050: A UT Austin Grand Challenge

Jay Banner, ESI | Richard Corsi, CAEE | Michael Young, BEG | Heather Houser, English

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April 19, 2018

Adapting from grid to cloud

Bill Cannon, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Environment & Infrastructure Group Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

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April 12, 2018

Will the internet of things change the electric business?

Robert J. King, President, Good Company Associates

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April 5, 2018

Global Energy Impact of a Developing China; and India?

Fred Beach, Assistant Director for Policy Studies, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

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March 29, 2018

To Uber or Not to Uber: Economic and Energetic Tradeoffs

Todd Davidson, Research Associate, Energy Institute and Webber Energy Group, The University of Texas at Austin

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March 22, 2018

A Proposed Framework for Rebooting the Study of Economics

Garvin Boyle, principal designer and programmer, Orrery Software

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March 8, 2018

Personal Reflections on California’s Leadership in Environmental Policy

Alan Lloyd, Research Fellow, Energy Institute, UT Austin; Former Secretary, California EPA; Former Chair, California Air Resources Board

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March 1, 2018

Global gas demand and US LNG exports

Gürcan Gülen, Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

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February 22, 2018

Coal in India: History and Persistence

Rohit Chandra, PhD Student, Kennedy School at Harvard

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February 15, 2018