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Improving women’s lives through energy: what Rick Perry got right and wrong

Dec. 18, 2017

Access to energy can help promote women’s rights and improve their lives, particularly in developing nations, write Sheril Kirshenbaum and Prof. Michael Webber in a new op-ed...

Courts are not the place to resolve scientific debates

Dec. 18, 2017

At a time when science is under continual attack from politics and other sources, the last thing we need is to resolve differences concerning controversial topics in the courts...

UT research shows wind likely to overtake coal in electricity generation on Texas grid

Dec. 18, 2017

The anticipated retirement of several coal-fired power plants, combined with wind capacity additions, will likely mean the total annual amount of electricity produced from wind in Texas’ wholesale market will...

UT Austin researchers wrap up smart manufacturing project

Dec. 12, 2017

A team of UT Austin engineers is completing a $11.3 million project to modernize the U.S. manufacturing industry through development of the nation’s first smart manufacturing platform for...

The obscure federal agency that soon could raise your electric bill: 5 questions answered on FERC

Dec. 5, 2017

Energy scholar Joshua Rhodes explains what FERC is and why it has so much power over energy markets and (indirectly) the prices consumers pay.

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...