Thursday Sept. 12
UTES: A Discussion on the State of Energy Policy and the Role of Energy Markets - Brent Bennett, Texas Public Policy Foundation
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Avaya Auditorium | POB 2.302 | 201 E 24th St | Austin TX | Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 | 201 E 24th St, Austin TX, 78712

This week at the Energy Symposium, Dr. Brent Bennett, Policy Analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, will lead a discussion on the role of policies and markets for energy.

Brent Bennett, Ph.D., is a policy analyst for Life: Powered, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to reframe the national discussion on energy policy. The project promotes energy policy based on limited government principles and the development of reliable, abundant, affordable energy resources to advance the human condition.

Brent hails from Midland, Texas and received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Tulsa and a M.S.E and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate research focused on advanced chemistries for utility-scale energy storage systems, and he complemented his background in the oil and gas business with knowledge of renewable energy technologies and utility markets.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Brent spent time with a startup company selling carbon nanotubes to battery manufacturers, and he continues to provide technology consulting to battery companies. His passion for the energy business and the Foundation’s limited government, pragmatic principles have led him to join the Life: Powered project.

Abstract: Life:Powered is an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that seeks to raise America’s energy IQ and to promote limited government principles in the energy policy arena. Life:Powered advocates for energy policies that promote economic freedom and advance the human condition around the world. During this Energy Symposium event, Dr. Carey King, Assistant Director of the UT Energy Institute, will have a discussion with Brent Bennett on the current state of energy policy and the proper role of energy markets.

In addition to answering questions about Life:Powered’s policy positions and those of the conservative movement as a whole, Brent will explore some of the larger issues encompassed by Life:Powered’s mission. What does it mean to raise America’s energy IQ, and how can policy groups like TPPF, policymakers, advocacy and industry groups, and academia achieve that goal? How can we elevate the national discussion on energy and environmental issues and promote the civil discourse that is vital to a healthy society and political environment?

The UT Energy Symposium meets every Thursday during the long semesters. Come early to attend a networking session before the talk: refreshments will be served at 4:45 p.m. in the POB Connector Lobby outside the auditorium.

Sessions are recorded and available here.

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