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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...

UT Office of Sustainability hosts third annual Campus Sustainability Week

Oct. 27, 2017

UT Austin held its third Campus Sustainability Week October 23 – 27, featuring visits to green buildings, a tour of the university’s energy highly efficient power plant system...

Hurricane Harvey can help Houston rethink its car culture

Oct. 27, 2017

Texas and Florida residents who receive disaster-recovery checks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and private insurance companies in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma...

Rumors of coal power’s demise are not greatly exaggerated

Oct. 26, 2017

While there are legitimate questions about how competitive markets will ensure a reliable supply of electricity, a proposed rule to subsidize coal-fired power plants that are struggling...

Wind poised to supplant coal in Texas

Oct. 26, 2017

New coal retirements recently announced by Dallas-based Luminant means Texas’ wholesale electricity market will soon lose significant coal generation capacity, writes Joshua Rhodes...