News Category: Commentary

Combating climate is no longer a technological challenge, it’s an economic one

Oct. 31, 2018

The recent release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report offered some grim warnings, writes UT Energy Institute Research Associate Todd Davidson...

What does ‘100% renewable’ really mean?

Sept. 27, 2018

Georgetown, Texas, a town just north of Austin, has been in the news lately for its decision to ‘go 100% renewable’...

Energy Institute experts offer perspective on record-breaking demand for electricity

Aug. 29, 2018

Sizzling summer temperatures and record-breaking demand for electricity have provided a great opportunity...

Why Trump digs coal and what it means

Aug. 29, 2018

The Trump administration is again trying to intervene in United States electricity markets...

Are high oil prices starting to hurt wind power?

Aug. 29, 2018

A recent decision by Texas regulators to turn down a large wind farm project highlights how changes in one energy sector can affect others...

Let’s get real about the myths surrounding “100% renewable” energy

Aug. 13, 2018

Georgetown, TX has received a lot of attention in the media and elsewhere for its decision a few years ago to contract for 100% renewable electricity...

How Trump's trade wars could inadvertently benefit the environment

June 26, 2018

When it comes to the economy, President Trump's "America First" mantra has meant renegotiating existing trade treaties and imposing tariffs

Pot, Solar Power and Taxi Drivers: Energy Security Austin-styled

June 11, 2018

One experience in Austin, Texas revealed to me that energy security means different things to different people...

My ‘All of the Above’ Energy Vacation

June 4, 2018

Each year I teach an energy law short course at UC-Santa Barbara, and this year my wife and I drove to California from Austin by way of national parks in Utah...

How clean coal could make a tidy profit from tax credits

May 30, 2018

Energy Institute Research Associate Josh Rhodes examines the recent extension / expansion of a tax credit for carbon capture...