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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March 5, 2015

Energy and Development in Asia

Richie Ahuja, Regional Director for Asia, Environmental Defense Fund

February 26, 2015

Ten Strategies to Systematically Exploit All Options to Cope with Anthropogenic Climate Change

Kelly Klima, Research Scientist, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

February 19, 2015

Energy and Climate Goals in Nordic Countries and Implications for the U.S.

Benjamin Sovacool, Director, Danish Center for Energy Technology at AU-Herning and Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

February 5, 2015

Next Generation Photovoltaic Technologies

Brian Korgel, Edward S. Hyman Endowed Chair in Engineering & T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director, Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics, The University of Texas at Austin

January 29, 2015

Comparative Analysis of Regulations for Offshore Oil Drilling in U.S., U.K. and Norway

Lori Bennear, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Duke University

January 22, 2015

Engineering and Socio-economic Aspects of Sustainable Energy

Mehrdad Ehsani, Robert M. Kennedy Endowed Professor, Director, Sustainable Energy & Vehicle Engineering Program, Power Electronics & Motor Drives Laboratory, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University

November 20, 2014

Cybersecurity in the Electricity Grid

Gus Lott, Senior Engineer, YarCom Inc.

November 13, 2014

Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Supply Chain

David Allen, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

November 6, 2014

Technological and Commercial Innovations in Distributed Energy Generation:

  • Charlie Upshaw, PhD student with the Webber Energy Group: “Modeling Peak Load Reduction and Energy Consumption Enabled by an Integrated Thermal Energy and Water Storage System for Residential Air Conditioning Systems in Austin, Texas”
  • Erik Funkhouser, researcher with the Energy Systems Transformation group at UT: “Commercial Innovations in Community-scale Distributed Generation”

October 30, 2014

October 23, 2014

Disrupting the Power Sector: Overpowering Inertia and Incrementalism

Paul Hudson, Managing Partner, Stratus Energy Group, LLC

October 9, 2014

Energy Research at the Intersection of Computer Science, Decision Sciences, and Complex Systems

Kiran Lakkaraju, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

October 2, 2014

China’s Role in Global Clean Energy Technology Development

Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

September 25, 2014

Feeding the Dragon: Energy in China

Fred Beach, Assistant Director, Energy Institute

September 18, 2014

Renewables in Texas: Costs, Project Development, and Policy Issues

Panel discussion with Clay Butler (The Butler Firm), Colin Meehan (First Solar), and Spivey Paup (E.ON Renewables)

September 11, 2014

Impacts of Adoption of a More Fuel Efficient Vehicle Fleet

Steve Puller, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

September 4, 2014

The Importance of Fuel Diversity in the Energy Generation Mix

Cris Eugster, Executive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Officer, CPS Energy

April 28, 2014

Energy and Urbanization

Arnulf Grubler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Yale University

April 24, 2014

Student Research Showcase

  • Brent Bennett, PhD student, Materials Science and Engineering: “Redox Flow Batteries: How Cutting-Edge Chemistry Will Transform the Electric Grid”
  • Sean Wood, PhD student, Chemical Engineering: “Improved Lithium-ion Batteries using Lead Telluride (PbTe)”

April 17, 2014

March 27, 2014

Carbon Neutral Design: An Architectural Primer

James Wasley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

March 20, 2014

Electricity Scarcity Pricing and Resource Adequacy

William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard University

March 6, 2014

Stanford’s ARPA-E Sensors and Energy Behavior Initiative

Carrie Armel, Research Associate, Stanford University

February 27, 2014

Human Nature & the Grid

Craig Boice, President Boice Dunham Group

February 13, 2014

Emerging Legal and Political Issues in Shale Gas Production

David Spence, Associate Professor, McCombs School of Business, UT Austin