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Coal Belt to Sun Belt?

Nov. 29, 2017

The state’s biggest electricity generator, Luminant, recently announced the closing of three coal-fired power plants in Texas, but out of the coal ashes could rise a phoenix.

Stanford Scientist Sues Critics Of His 100% Green Energy Dogma

Nov. 20, 2017

A passionate critic of nuclear energy, Stanford Prof. Mark Jacobson has pulled the nuclear option in trying to use the legal system to defend a controversial paper...

Try As They Might, The Federal Government Can’t Save Texas Coal

Nov. 20, 2017

Vistra Energy recently announced that its Dallas-based subsidiary, Luminant, would be closing two large coal-fired power plants in Texas...

How Not to Talk About Energy Policy

Nov. 20, 2017

The Trump Administration continues to pursue a suite of pro-coal policies of questionable wisdom and legality while energy leaders from around the world gathered in Germany to discuss...

Nuclear and wind power estimated to have lowest levelized CO2 emissions

Nov. 7, 2017

Using data from the Energy Institute’s 2016 Full Cost of Electricity Study, we estimate the levelized carbon intensity for 12 different fuel and technology combinations...

Walking away from competition and lower electricity prices

Nov. 1, 2017

Subsidizing coal and nuclear plants, as has been proposed by the Trump Administration’s Department of Energy (DoE), will only increase costs and fail to improve reliability.

US Energy Watching As Mexico Documents Rising Theft From Pipelines

Oct. 27, 2017

American energy companies are looking to enter Mexico's oil, natural gas and electricity markets which have been open since 2014 to foreign participation for the first time since 1938...

Electricity generated from wind estimated to overtake coal in ERCOT in 2019

Oct. 27, 2017

Recently announced coal-fired power plant retirements and planned wind capacity additions will likely mean the total annual amount of electricity produced by wind in Texas’ wholesale will surpass...

NSF grant will fund new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Oct. 27, 2017

A $15.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences to launch...

UT Austin experts offer crash course on energy research during second Energy Journalism Workshop

Oct. 27, 2017

More than two dozen reporters from across the country who regularly cover energy and environmental issues attended the second annual UT Energy Journalism Workshop...