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Energy@UT Insights
Independent perspectives, analysis, and opinions from UT scholars and affiliated experts
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COVID-19, Gandhi, & the Next Energy Breakthrough

As we proceed through the pandemic and approach a potential political transition, we may be on the cusp of a transformative moment for the energy sector.

Pipe work stands beside the hydrogen electrolysis plant at Energiepark Mainz, operated by Linde AG, in Mainz, Germany, on Friday, July 17, 2020. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Texas has the workforce and leadership to invest in hydrogen

The Texas Gulf Coast does not produce great surfing waves, but the state’s culture of innovation makes it possible for us to catch big waves of emerging technology and ride them gracefully to economic growth...

Overhead view of ice caps. Credit: University of Texas at Austin

Melting Ice Sheets Show Need for U.S. Government Action Now

In my Earth in 2100 course at The University of Texas at Austin, we talk about the scientific, psychological, political and economic decisions that have led to our current climate crisis...

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Cleaner, Greener: How Will Renewable Energy Affect The Oil And Gas Industry In Texas?

In 2019, Texas accounted for 41% of the nation's crude oil production and 25% of its marketed natural gas production. The oil and gas industry raked in $16 billion...

Energy@UT Researcher Profiles

Susan D. Hovorka

Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology | Jackson School of Geosciences

Sue Hovorka’s first brush with geology came as a small child when she and her sister plucked brachiopod and crinoid fragments from the gravel driveway outside...

Varun Rai

Professor of Public Affairs & Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Varun Rai decided years ago to focus his attention on some of the biggest questions facing our world – namely, the status of today’s global energy system...

David Spence

Professor, McCombs School of Business | School of Law

The interrelated and multi-layered nature of topical energy issues, ranging from economics and technology to geopolitics and the environment, is often cited as a prime example...

Melinda Taylor

Senior Lecturer, School of Law | Executive Director, KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business

Throughout her career, Melinda Taylor has sought inventive solutions to sensitive environmental issues by seeking a middle ground that all sides can live with...

Erich Schneider

Associate Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering

As Texas and other states across the country grapple with how to respond to federal rules calling for a dramatic reduction in CO₂ emissions from power plants...

Sheila Olmstead

Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs

For some people, the pursuit of one’s calling culminates in a singularly creative phase; when hard work and good fortune unite, giving rise to a voice...

Bob Hebner

Director, Center for Electromechanics

Bob Hebner thought he wanted to be a lawyer...