Tradeoffs & Transitions: Exploring Outcomes for U.S. Energy Infrastructure

Event Status

The development of energy systems and long-stalled infrastructure initiatives is expected to rapidly accelerate with the incoming Biden Administration and a new session of Congress. As public leaders anticipate another wave of stimulus, state and local governments, companies and utilities are considering a range of scenarios for infrastructure expansion and evaluating costs vs. benefits. But very few tools are readily available to rapidly and objectively explore the vast range of options and tradeoffs.


On Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 12:00 pm CT, join Dr. Carey King, Assistant Director of the Energy Institute and Asher Price, reporter for the Austin-American Statesman and 2019 UT Energy Journalism Fellow, for an in-depth analysis about the future of energy infrastructure policy and the prospect for these new measures in the changing landscape of the federal government. Using the Energy Futures Dashboard, a new online interactive tool created by the Energy Institute, the conversation will consider the challenges and variables that could impact major supplies and demands of energy through the year 2050 across the U.S and what possible outcomes may result from infrastructure development around the country.

This talk will be presented remotely via Zoom Webinar and on the Energy Institute's YouTube channel: 

1) For registered Zoom users:  Webinar ID: 973 1883 9450

2) To view livestream on the Energy Institute's YouTube page, visit: 

Dr. Carey King is a Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin and Assistant Director at the Energy Institute. He also has appointments within the Jackson School of Geosciences and the McCombs School of Business. Carey performs interdisciplinary research related to how energy systems interact within the economy and environment as well as how our policy and social systems can make decisions and tradeoffs among these often competing factors. The past performance of our energy systems is no guarantee of future returns, yet we must understand the development of past energy systems. Carey's research goals center on rigorous interpretations of the past to determine the most probable future energy pathways. Dr. King is author of the recently released book: "The Economic Superorganism: Beyond the Competing Narratives on Energy, Policy, and Growth".


Asher Price, a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, was the 2019 Journalism Fellow at the Energy Institute of The University of Texas at Austin. Three times the Society of Environmental Journalists has named him a finalist for its beat reporter of the year award. Asher is the author of three books, including one about the history and politics of wind power in Texas. His latest book, "Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact", is about football and desegregation in Texas. 

Date and Time
Dec. 9, 2020, noon to 1 p.m.